CAPE TOWN – The quarter-finals of the Nedbank Cup delivered a mouth-watering fixture as Cape Town City were drawn at home to face Mamelodi Sundowns.
The draw for the competition took place at the Waterfront in the Mother City on Thursday night.
The only lower tier team left in the event, First Division Ubuntu Cape Town, will also play at home and they have a tricky contest against the in-form Free State Stars. The other two fixtures will see Kaizer Chiefs take on Baroka FC and Maritzburg United hosting Bloemfontein Celtic.
It was also confirmed at Thursday night’s draw that the final of the Nedbank Cup, scheduled for May 19, will take place at the Cape Town Stadium.
“Cape Town football supporters have been asking for an opportunity to watch a cup final in their backyard for some time now and we are excited to bring a major cup final to Cape Town Stadium,” said PSL acting chief executive Mato Madlala.
“This is in line with the commitment made by the League to utilise the stadiums built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This is not just an opportunity to watch a football match, but a chance for fans to be part of an experience.”
Because of this, no doubt, it will provide added motivation for City and Ubuntu as they attempt to go all the way to represent the Cape, at home, in the climax of the competition.
Ubuntu have been the surprise package, mounting a superb run in the tournament that saw them eliminate two PSL clubs in Polokwane City and AmaZulu.
Benni McCarthy’s City took out Orlando Pirates on Wednesday and now they have to tackle yet another top-class opponent in Sundowns.
"The most critical part of this draw was that we wanted to be at home," said City boss John Comitis.
"So, as far as that is concerned, it's mission completed. For the rest, I believe we can take on anyone.
The type of football Sundowns plays suits us a lot better and we will be giving it everything. I am confident that if we stay on form, as we currently are, then Sundowns are in for a big challenge."
Nedbank Cup quarter-final draw
Maritzburg United v Bloemfontein Celtic
Ubuntu Cape Town v Free State Stars
Cape Town City v Mamelodi Sundowns
Kaizer Chiefs v Baroka FC