Top guns clash as Nedbank Cup semis draw confirmed


JUST four clubs remain in the battle for glory in Africa’s richest football tournament as the Nedbank Cup reaches the semifinal stage with clubs 180 minutes away from collecting the R7-million first prize.

The last four draw, conducted at the Premier Soccer League offices in Johannesburg today, has produced two intriguing semifinal ties to look forward to on the weekend of 03 May 2014. The PSL will confirm venues and times in due course.

Over the past week, Bidvest Wits, Kaizer Chiefs, Maritzburg United and Maritzburg United all booked their places in the semifinals.

Maritzburg United were the first to be drawn – they will play Orlando Pirates at home.

Bidvest Wits will play at home against Kaizer Chiefs.

The PSL will confirm dates and venues.

The Nedbank Cup is South Africa’s oldest knockout competition and a tournament steeped in history and folklore, where David meets Goliath and often comes out on top. It is a competition that changes lives, both in terms of being a launch-pad for the careers of players already signed with clubs – such as Bafana Bafana midfielder Andile Jali, whose career blossomed after his heroic performances for University of Pretoria in the 2009 tournament – or those still aspiring to be professionals.

With 12 goals scored in the quarterfinals, R120 000 has been added to the R770 000 bring the Nedbank Cup’s R 1 million Goals4Goal target even closer. The monies will be used to build a multi-purpose sport court for a school in the country. Sinavuma Primary school received this sport development injection last year. In addition, the quarterfinal’s top goal scorer Terrence Mandaza has earned himself R 10 000 plus R 10 000 and soccer kit for schools of their choices as part of Nedbank Cup’s Sports development programme in partnership with the Sports Trust.

“One of our objectives is to be a bank for all South Africans and football has proven to be a great platform to connect with the communities we serve. The bank will continue to make a positive contribution towards empowering football stars and communities with the skills and resources they need to make things happen” said Sydney Mbhele, Divisional Executive for Group Marketing at Nedbank.

In addition, the hugely popular Nedbank Ke Yona Team search has already seen thousands of men between the ages of 18 and 35 years register for the regional trials which will start on 21 April at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Limpopo. Once again the winner of the Nedbank Cup this year will face-off against a team made up of ordinary South Africans from all walks of life proving that with discipline, talent, determination and support-anyone can be extraordinary.

Members of the public and media are welcome to attend the trials to see first-hand as South Africa’s talent gets discovered. Those hopefuls wishing to get on the path to superstardom can register for trials by dialing *120*KEYONA# or *120*539662# and follow the easy steps. Players must be in between the ages of 18 and 35, and must be in possession of a valid South African ID to be eligible to enter.

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