THE Nedbank Cup quarterfinal draw held yesterday in front of a cheering crowd at the Carlton Centre, downtown Johannesburg produced mouth-watering fixtures as the fans saw their teams edging within touching distance of the coveted R7 million first prize.
The draw comes after a thrilling Round of 16 clashes which saw African Warriors, Bloemfontein Celtic, Mamelodi Sundowns, Maritzburg United, Kaizer Chiefs, SuperSport United, Orlando Pirates and Bidvest Wits qualify for the quarterfinals.
PSL CEO, Brand de Villiers said: “We are looking forward to what we hope will be an exciting 2013/14 Nedbank Cup quarterfinal fixtures. I would also like to thank our sponsors, Nedbank whose incentives this season have added an extra dimension to this competition.”
The tournament continues to live up to its reputation of providing a platform for rising stars to shine while producing spectacular goals, each goal worth R 10 000 going towards a R 1 million target to build a multi-purpose sports facility for school in the country as part of the Goals4Goals campaign in partnership with the Sports Trust. To ensure that the target is achieved, the top goal scorer per round receives R 10 000 for himself as well as an additional R 10 000 and a soccer kit for a school of his choice anywhere in South Africa.
Nedbank also utilised the draw event to remind everyone and specifically to encourage budding soccer stars to register for the Nedbank Ke Yona team search when registrations open on 01 April 2014. The bank is once again calling on men between the ages of 18 and 35, from all corners of the country to register for the provincial trials which start soon and will enable ordinary South Africans from all walks of life, such as taxi drivers, engineers, students and accountants to prove that anyone can be extraordinary. The Nedbank Ke Yona team search has already unearthed talent from across the country-some now signed to PSL teams. The bank committed to making the team search a key feature of the Nedbank Cup going forward.
“Once again, the Nedbank Cup is testimony that no matter who or what the opposition is; guts, determination, and being part of the right team can help you achieve the seemingly impossible. As a bank for all; Nedbank will continue to partner and empower communities, current and future stars with the resources and skills they require to make their goals happen.” said Sydney Mbhele; Divisional Executive for Group Marketing at Nedbank.-www.psl.co.za