Nedbank Cup: The story of David vs Goliath
Written by Neo Molefi on January 20, 2024
Written by: Kamogelo Mogale
The PSL together with title sponsor Nedbank launched the 17th edition of the Nedbank Cup at the Nedbank Headquarters in Sandton on Thursday evening.
This comes at the back of Orlando Pirates clinching their 3rd Nedbank Cup title defeating Sekhukhune United 2-1 in the final at the Loftus Versfeld stadium last year.
The Nedbank Cup continues to provide a unique style of football, showing the story of David vs Goliath through football, providing aspiring footballers from teams in the lower divisions to challenge their top-tier counterparts, notably TS Galaxy and Tshakuma Tsha Madzivhandila who clinched their Nedbank Cup titles in 2019 and 2021 respectively and got an opponent to compete in the CAF Confederations Cup.
16 teams from the DStv Premiership will once compete in the tournament with 8 teams from the Motsepe Foundation Championship and 7 teams from the SAFA regions also partaking in the tournament with SAFA Mpumalanga still yet to confirm their representative to take part in this year’s campaign.
The last 32 draw was also conducted which saw the big three in Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and defending champions Orlando Pirates all drawn against unknown entities in the hopes of making it in the next round.
The Brazilians will travel away to NB La Masia with The Buccaneers travelling away to face a representative from the SAFA Mpumalanga which is yet to be confirmed while Amakhosi will play hosts to Milford FC.
Sundowns still remains the only team who has scored the most goals in one match, defeating Powerlines FC 24-0 back in 2012 while Chiefs and Pirates have fallen to the teams in the lower divisions before, the like of Baroka FC, University of Pretoria, Black Leopards and Cape Town All Stars.
This year’s campaign will be known as Ke Yona, Ya rona, giving an opportunity to supporters to join in the fun as they stand a chance of winning R5 million if their team emerge as 2024 Nedbank Cup champions.
The winning team will walk away with a prize money of R7 million as well donate a multi-purpose sports court worth R2 million to a particular school or community.
The tournament is set to get underway from the 20th of February 2024 with dates and venues to be confirmed in due time.