Who will be giant killers this time?

2020-02-07 10:31

The Nedbank Cup is known for its giant-killing upsets by minnows and ahead of this weekend’s last 32 round, the big question is who which upset is on the card?

Last season, TS Galaxy sent shock waves throughout the country after beating favourites Kaizer Chiefs in the final of the tournament to become the first side from the first division to lift the trophy.

Interestingly, Galaxy was the first side to be knocked out this season after going 3-0 down to Chippa United in the opening fixture on Wednesday.

GladAfrica Championship leaders Ajax Cape Town were also knocked out on Thursday night after losing 4-2 on penalties to fellow first division side TS Sporting.

With the tournament pitting lower division sides against elite clubs, it would be interesting to see who would be the new giant slayers.

Chiefs will be well aware of this scenario when they welcome first division side Royal Eagles at FNB Stadium tomorrow evening. Kick-off is at 6 pm.

Eagles have nothing to lose going into this fixture as pressure is on Absa Premiership pacesetters Amakhosi to progress to the next round of the tournament.

Chiefs have made their intentions of fighting on two fronts – league championship and the Nedbank Cup trophy – clear as they want to bring back the glory days to Naturena.

But challenging for two trophies at the same time might be a distraction and might sacrifice the cup for the league championship.

Golden Arrows will face the little-known Vaal University of Technology team at Dobsonville tomorrow afternoon.

Steve Komphela should also be wary of playing a side from the ABC Motsepe League, which has nothing to lose. VUT will be out to cause an upset and have already sent out a warning to Arrows.

Black Leopards will also have to be cautious when they welcome another university side - North West University Mafikeng – on Sunday.

There are also clashes involving PSL clubs against each other. One of those will see Maritzburg United visiting Stellenbosch tonight at Athlone Stadium at 8pm.

Tomorrow will see Bloemfontein Celtic hosting AmaZulu at Seisa Ramabodu Stadium while the Tshwane derby involving Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United will take place at Loftus at 8.15 pm.

But the clash of the round, arguably, will be on Sunday when Orlando Pirates welcome Bidvest Wits at Orlando Stadium.

The question is: who will join Chippa and TS Sporting in the last 16?

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March 29 2020