By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
MARITZBURG United will be looking forward to qualify for their first-ever final match of the Nedbank Cup, however they will have to first over-come Soweto giants Orlando Pirates in the semi-final match.
The two clubs meet at the Harry Gwala Stadium on May 3 after the Premier Soccer League confirmed the dates and venues of the semi-final matches.
The KwaZulu-Natal side who are mentored by the country’s philosopher coach, Steve “Koloi’ Komphela is the only club out of the four in this year’ semi-finals which has never participated in any final match of this competition which is better known as Ke Yona Cup since its inception in 2008 and it remain to be seen if they will over-come the Sea Robbers who won the competition in 2011 after they beat Black Leopards at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. The match at the Harry Gwala Stadium will start at 8.15pm.
Earlier on BidVest Wist who won the completion in 2010 after they beat AmaZulu at the packed FNB Stadium will welcome Kaizer Chiefs at the BidVest Stadium at 3.30pm.
Chiefs are the defending champion of this competition after lifting the title last season. It is interesting that since the competition’s inception, no club has managed to win the title and unless Maritzburg United wins it, then it means this season we will see either one of the three clubs winning the title for the second time.
Mamelodi Sundowns were the inaugural winners in 2008, a 1-0 courtesy victory over then National First Division side, ,Mpumalanga Black Aces, then followed by Morola Swallows who also narrowly beat another then NFD side, University of Pretoria 1-0 in 2009. The rest of previous winners are BidVest (2010), Orlando Pirates (2011), SuperSport United (2012) and Kaizer Chiefs (2013)