Kaizer Chiefs will play 2018 Champions, TS Galaxy, in the first round of this year’s Nedbank Cup competition, in a repeat of the 2018 Nedbank Cup final. Chiefs were drawn at home against the Rockets who beat them in the 2018 final of the competition.
Another exciting match-up in the first round of the competition is between Orlando Pirates and Amazulu at the Orlando stadium. This season’s tournament will be the 15th edition of the Nedbank Cup.
The Nedbank Cup has over the years been a launching pad for a number of teams currently competing in top-flight football.
Baroka FC and TS Galaxy are just some of the top-tier teams which have made a name for themselves in the tournament before gaining promotion to the Premier division.
Of the 32 teams that were part of the draw, 16 are from the lower league divisions and will be hoping they can also grow their names by going as far as they can in the competition.
But the tournament, which has prize money of R7 million for the winners, also gives winners a spot to compete in the CAF Confederations Cup.
The competition, through the KeYona team search, also provides a platform for footballers playing in the amateur leagues to be noticed by professional teams.
“For me, if I look at TTM and TS Galaxy teams that would potentially not have dreamt of playing with the best on the continent this is for us the impact of the Nedbank Cup and we very proud of that impact. We are also proud of players like Aubrey Modiba I mean he’s become a football superstar who came from Keyona team search,” says Sponsor Khensani Nobanda.
Royal AM will host Cape Town City in an all Premiership match-up, while Supersport United will travel to Durban to take on Maritzburg United. The Chiefs versus TS Galaxy and Pirates versus Amazulu matches might be matched fans will be looking forward to.
However, as has the case been in the past, upsets can be expected in the Goliath versus David competition which has been likened to the English FA Cup.