JOHANNESBURG – Orlando Pirates’ “Micho” Sredojevic’s plea to the football gods seems to have fallen on deaf ears with the Buccaneers handed a tough draw in the Nedbank Cup last 16.
Pirates were drawn with Cape Town City in the Mother City on the same week Sredojevic asked the football gods to back the Buccaneers, promising they would win them over with hard work.
The last time the Buccaneers went to Cape Town they returned with their tails in between their legs after a 3-0 thumping from the struggling Ajax Cape Town. Sredojevic’s men can’t afford to lose to the Citizens in their bid to wash away the painful memories of last season.
While the Buccaneers are driven to end a four-year barren run, Sredojevic is chasing his fourth premier knockout competition in four countries.
“Micho” lifted the Ugandan Cup with Sports Cup Villa in 2002, with Saint George in Ethiopia in 2009 and in Sudan with Al-Hilal in 2011. The fourth title won’t come easy as the Buccaneers have to get past the Citizens, led by former Pirates’ striker Benni McCarthy.
The Citizens are chasing their third appearance in a cup final in two seasons having won the Telkom Knockout last season and lost the MTN8 final earlier this season. McCarthy will bank on Mathew Rusike to lead the Capetonians’ attack like he did in the last 32 to score the winner over Bidvest Wits on debut.
Rusike hinted on Twitter that he would like to come up against his former team, Kaizer Chiefs. But he will have to settle for their neighbours the Buccaneers.
Amakhosi, just like their neighbours, were drawn against a team from the Western Cape. Chiefs will host Stellenbosch FC. The last times these two teams met in this competition, last year, Gustavo Paez endeared himself to the club’s fans by leading them to a 3-0 win.
Coach Steve Komphela will look for a similar performance in a bid to win his first trophy. His team started this tournament in a bang, defeating Golden Arrows 3-0.
The Premier Soccer League will announce the dates and venue for the Nedbank Cup last 16 at a later stage.
The full Nedbank Cup last 16 Draw:
Kaizer Chiefs vs Stellenbosch FC
Cape Town City vs Orlando Pirates
Royal Eagles vs Maritzburg United
AmaZulu vs Ubuntu Cape Town
Free State Stars vs Chippa United
Mamelodi Sundowns vs EC Bees
Bloemfontein Celtic vs Richards Bay FC
Baroka FC vs Steenburg United