By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
AFRICAN Warriors and United FC carries the National First Division’s hopes againstfive premiership in the quarter-finals of the Nedbank Cup.
The two will know their opponents in the last 8 of the Ke Yona Cup when the draw is conducted tomorrow mid-day at the Melrose-Arch minus Maritzburg United and Tembu Royals FC who had their match postponed pending on a protest involving AmaZulu.
The draw will see three of the elite league’s top five clubs such as Kaizer Chiefs, Platinum Stars and Bloemfontein Celtic and the competition’s defending champions SuperSport United and last season’s finalist Mamelodi Sundowns also going into the draw bowel.
The draw tomorrow follows the busiest almost week-long which saw the clubs above sweating it out before they could register hard-fought victories on their way to these quarter-finals.
The matches saw Platinum Stars overcoming Black Leopards in Polokwane on Tuesday night with a 2-0 victory with SuperSport United beating Vasco da Gama 2-1 on the same night.
The matches continued on Friday night in Tshwane wherein Mamelodi Sundowns registered a hard-fought 1-0 over Golden Arrows to book their place in the last 8 with United and Bloemfontein Celtic also registering victories against Jomo Cosmos and Free State Stars yesterday afternoon before African Warriors and Maluti FET College could wrap the last 16’s weekend clashes which saw the latter winning 4-1 after penalty shoot-outs. This after the match ended in a 2-2 draw after the regulated and extra-time.
It remains to be seen if Tembu Royals FC will overcome Maritzburg United and become SAFA structure’s only representative in the quarter-finals.