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Just in! Nedbank Cup Round of 32 draw and competition changes revealed

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The draw for the 2020/2021 Nedbank Cup took place this evening with a number of scintillating round of 32 matches coming up.

The Nedbank Cup is this season’s second and final cup competition following the abrupt halt of the Telkom Knockout which usually acts as the second annual cup competition on the PSL calendar.

There will be no amateur teams in this season’s Nedbank Cup due to the lengthy suspension of amateur football in the country by SAFA as a result of COVID-19.

The Nedbank Cup usually features eight teams from the lower leagues, eight teams from the GladAfrica Championship and 16 top flight teams however this season will see 16 teams from both the GladAfrica Championship and DStv Premiership compete for the trophy.

No amateur teams in 2020/2021 Nedbank Cup

“The South African Football Association have apologized to the PSL and indicated that the association will not be able to provide eight teams to participate in this season’s Nedbank Cup due to the fact that non-professional football is not continuing due to Covid-19. SAFA has wished the PSL “good luck” for the competition.” a SAFA statement read.

“The PSL has discussed the matter with Nedbank and agreed that the only appropriate way to deal with the matter is to restore the eight GladAfrica championship teams recently knocked out in the qualification competition to the Nedbank Cup.

“The 2020/21 Nedbank Cup will consequently proceed with 32 teams, being 16 DStv Premiership teams and 16 Glad Africa championship teams. All of these participating teams will be a part of this evening’s draw.”

Draw results in full

Golden Arrows host Durban rivals AmaZulu in arguably the biggest fixture of the Nedbank Cup round of 32 while Dstv Premiership newcomers Tshakhuma welcome fellow top flight campaigners SuperSport United.

Mamelodi Sundowns were also dealt a tricky task first up with fellow top flight side Stellenbosch FC traveling to Pretoria with hopes of an early upset by defeating the defending champions.

  • Bizana Pondo Chiefs vs Cape Town All Stars
  • Cape Town City vs Bloemfontein Celtic
  • JDR Stars vs University of Pretoria
  • Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila vs SuperSport United
  • Orlando Pirates vs Uthongathi FC
  • Chippa United vs Free State Stars
  • Jomo Cosmos vs Black Leopards
  • Baroka FC vs Cape Town Spurs
  • Golden Arrows vs AmaZulu
  • Maritzburg United vs Sekhukhune United
  • Polokwane City vs Steenberg United
  • Pretoria Callies vs Royal AM
  • Swallows FC vs Cape United
  • Mamelodi Sundowns vs Stellenbosch FC
  • Kaizer Chiefs vs Richars Bay FC
  • TS Galaxy vs TS Sporting

The exact dates, times and venues for the Nedbank Cup round of 32 will be revealed by the Premier Soccer League during the coming days.

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DStv Premiership | SuperSport United make it a 3-way tie atop the log

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SuperSport United made it a three-way tie atop the DStv Premiership standings after victory away against Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila on Sunday.

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Second half goals from Bradley Grobler (59th minute) and Sipho Mbule (67th minute) were enough to give Matsatsantsa the three points and move them level on points with Mamelodi Sundowns and Swallows FC.

All three clubs have played 13 matches.

Thanks to their superior goal difference, Mamelodi Sundowns remain top, while SuperSport United are now second, with Swallows FC in third.

For TTM, however, it was another bad day at the office and the defeat saw them remain rooted to the bottom of the standings.

SuperSport United will next be in action in what promises to be a mouth-watering clash against Swallows FC on Saturday, 30 January at 17:00, after which they will coincidently face TTM again, but this time in the Nedbank Round of 32 on Wednesday, 3 February.

Meanwhile, in Sunday, 24 January’s only other match, Cape Town City ended Golden Arrows’ unbeaten run in this season’s DStv Premiership with a 4-2 win at the Cape Town Stadium.

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DSTV PREMIERSHIP WEEKEND RESULTS:

SATURDAY, 23 JANUARY

Mamelodi Sundowns 1-1 Swallows FC

Stellenbosch FC 0-0 Kaizer Chiefs

Black Leopards 0-3 Chippa United

Baroka FC 0-2 AmaZulu

Maritzburg United 0-1 Orlando Pirates

SUNDAY, 24 JANUARY

Cape Town City 4-2 Golden Arrows

TTM 0-2 SuperSport United

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Gavin Hunt suggests Itumeleng Khune needs to work harder to win back spot

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Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt has commented – without commenting – on the continued absence of club captain and former first-choice goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune.

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Khune has not been part of Amakosi’s match-day squad for the side’s last six games in all competitions.

Khune, who conceded 10 goals in five DStv Premiership matches this season, last played in Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 defeat to SuperSport United on 15 December 2020.

Since then, Daniel Akpeyi has cemented his position as Hunt’s first-choice ‘keeper while Bruce Bvuma has served as back-up as Amakhosi have enjoyed a better run of results in recent times.

Kaizer Chiefs entered their most recent match against Stellenbosch FC on Saturday on the back of three wins on the trot, but were held to a goalless draw at the Danie Craven Stadium.

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When asked after their match on against Stellenbosch FC what the latest news was on Khune, Hunt suggested he would need to work harder to win his place back in goal.

“I thought Daniel was excellent today, I thought he was fantastic and he swept well. So, there’s a lot of competition and people need to work hard to get back in the team,” said Gavin Hunt.

Meanwhile, a second Chiefs veteran, Willard Katsande, also hasn’t been seen since his last appearance against Primeiro de Agosto in the CAF Champions League in December.

Gavin Hunt has since handed the captain’s armband to Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Bernard Parker, with Samir Nurkovic most recently leading the side this weekend.

The draw against Stellenbosch FC saw Kaizer Chiefs move up to seventh place in the standings.

They will next be in action against Baroka FC on Tuesday, 26 January.

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Kaizer Chiefs: Bucs legend says Hunt should bench Manyama

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Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Benedict Vilakazi believes that Gavin Hunt needs to give misfiring Kaizer Chiefs winger Lebogang Manyama a wake up call.

Manyama has worn the captain’s armband under Hunt but Vilikazi believes that other players should be given a chance to shine. The 30-year-old has two goals and two assists to his name in 11 DStv Premiership matches for Kaizer Chiefs.

Have Kaizer Chiefs put too much faith in Manyama?

Kaizer Chiefs played to a disappointing goalless draw with Stellenbosch FC on Saturday and despite being four games unbeaten are ten points off the pace set by PSL leaders Sundowns.

Vilikazi believes that Manyama lacks motivation, after he failed to back up a goal and an assist in the victory over TTM in midweek with a performance on Saturday.

“Against TTM I think he had that mentality where he says ‘I am a big name-player and also the team is having problems so obvious I have an advantage. Whatever I do, I will have an advantage because there are problems in the team.’ Psychologically, TTM players were not there 100 percent,” Vilakazi told iDiski TV.

“But look today, they played against a team whose players are ready, players that are focused. So that is why it was so difficult for him to shine. So it tells you about his quality that if he is not pulling his socks up he will have to sit on the grandstands and give the youngsters a chance.”

Vilikazi lays into Kaizer Chiefs

Vilikazi stopped short of suggesting Hunt was favouring Manyama but could not believe that Dumisani Zuma and Siphelele Ntshangase had not played more.

“I am also surprised why people like Manyama keep on getting playing chances whereas [Dumisani Zuma] plays two just games and then he is left out of the team,” Vilakazi said.

“[Siphelele] Ntshangase played in the Caf Champions League qualifiers for the group stage but now we do not see him. So let’s be open for everyone. If some players have been given a chance even if they don’t perform, why not also give a chance to others?”

Kaizer Chiefs face Orlando Pirates in the first Soweto Derby of the league season next weekend after a midweek encounter with Baroka FC.

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