Men separated from boys in the Nedbank cup
It has been a busy weekend of football with the Nedbank cup competition having started on Friday. The Nedbank Cup competition pits teams from lower divisions against premier league sides, with the eventual winner pocketing a whopping R6 million worth of prize money. It is South Africa’s version of the FA cup.
And as the country’s very own David versus Goliath competition, the Nedbank Cup has produced great moments with teams from the lower division upsetting PSL teams. With this in mind many had anticipated major upsets during this weekend’s round of the last 32, but it wasn’t to because only one team from the first division in Witbank Spurs beat a PSL team in Free State Stars. Nevertheless, the probability of a big upset remains because four teams from the lower divisions booked their places in the last 16.
Two games that probably produced exciting moments were the Thanda Royal Zulu versus Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs versus Black leopards. Those games showed the cruelty of the beautiful game. Both teams from the lower divisions showed their big brothers no respect; they had them against the ropes and were unlucky to lose their games. Amabhubehzi were let down by their lack of experience, eventually losing in a penalty shootout when they had lead the Bucanneers by two goals to nil with just the referee’s optional time left to play. Thanda’s hunger and enterprising football was there for all to see but they paid for their inability to keep possession during the dying minutes of the game.
In the other game Leopard mesmerized the inform Amakhosi and only have their poor finishing to blame for eventually losing the match. Some of the football Leopards dished out yesterday made Chiefs look ordinary. They played wonderful football and there was no doubt which team deserved to win over 90 minutes but football doesn’t work like that, you need to take your chances or you will be punished, and Leopards were severely punished. The defending champions did what they have been doing best this season; they absorbed the pressure and found a way to win.