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Nedbank Cup Quarter-Finals Preview

The Nedbank Cup reaches its quarter-final stage this weekend and for eight teams the dream of Cup glory and a massive winners’ cheque will provide more than enough reason to follow the progress of those who made it to the last eight.

AJAX CAPE TOWN v BIDVEST WITS

On Friday 2007 champions Ajax Cape Town will face 2009/10 winners Bidvest Wits at the Athlone Stadium.

Ajax beat Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 in the previous round courtesy of Tashreeq Morris who scored the solitary goal of the match inside 10 minutes of the first whistle.

Wits enjoyed a more comfortable journey as they ousted the students from Pretoria 3-0 where Kees Kwakman, Sibusiso Vilakazi and Henrico Botes found the target for Wits.

Both teams are sitting pretty on the Absa Premiership league table and are only separated by seven points.

Ajax at home will be a tough nut to crack but Wits will not back down from what will be a real battle!

BLACK LEOPARDS v VASCO DA GAMA

Saturday Black Leopards will still be in seventh heaven when they face Vasco Da Gama at the Thohoyandou Stadium.

Black Leopards ousted Kaizer Chiefs in the last round while Vasco Da Gama netted three without reply against Maluti FET College.

Black Leopards have been here before! In the 2010/11 season they lost to Pirates in the final while Vasco da Gama are still looking for their first final appearance in the Competition.

SUPERSPORT UNITED v GOLDEN ARROWS

2011/12 champions Supersport United will line-ip against Golden Arrows from Kwazulu Natal.

Gordon Igesund’s men were responsible for Pirates’ departure while Arrows hit the target through Mabhuti Khenyeza that was enough to dump Natal United out of the Tournament.

Jeremy Brockie’s goal sealed a 1-0 win for Supersport at Maritzburg United that moved them into the league’s top eight while Arrows will have another opportunity to target one of the big boys.

The match is scheduled for the Peter Mokaba Stadium where I am backing Supersport to advance.

BLACK ACES v MAMELODI SUNDOWNS

The last of our quarter-finals will be played on Sunday.

Mpumalanga Black Aces beat Jomo Cosmos to reach the last eight while Mamelodi Sundowns accounted for Platinum Stars.

Downs last won the competition in 2008 when they beat Black Aces in the final. That was also Aces last showing in the final of the Tournament.

Sundowns are still in the Premiership title race and in second position with Aces in 12th position.

Form suggests a Sundowns win but this is Cup football after all!

Beware the so called smaller teams.

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