Supersport United celebrate after winning the 2016/17 Nedbank Cup. Photo: Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

JOHANNESBURG - There were no classic David versus Goliath fixtures in the last 32 draw of the Nedbank Cup – a tournament were the lower division clubs fancy their chances against those in South Africa’s elite league.

Instead there were some uncomfortable cup ties for the big boys, such as Kaizer Chiefs hosting Golden Arrows, Orlando Pirates preparing to welcome back Muhsin Ertugral for the first time since the Turk notoriously quit his job on TV and took over as Ajax Cape Town coach in December. 

SuperSport United, the defending champions, will travel to Bloemfontein Celtic, a side that not so long ago dumped them out of the Telkom Knockout.

Bidvest Wits will also host Cape Town City, sides coached by Gavin Hunt and Benni McCarthy respectively, in a fourth meeting between the two sides already this season.

Those are the stand out games, and are perhaps a bit more nerve wrecking for the sponsors, who would rather see the Premier League outfits come up against the minnows to have an advantage for a passage through to the next round.

The dates and venues will be announced in the coming days, but the opening round of the Nedbank Cup is staged for early February.   

“We were hoping to ease ourselves into the competition, but now we have to do it all over again against the big boys. Good for TV and the fans, but not us,” said McCarthy in a brief interview as he reacted to the draw.

Hunt said: “They have beaten us three times already this season, so they have the advantage.”

Nedbank Cup last 32 fixtures:

Safa Western Cape v Orbit College

Mariveni United v EC Bees

Swallows FC v Maritzburg United

Kaizer Chiefs v Golden Arrows

Cape Town All Stars v Mamelodi Sundowns

Safa Mpumalanga v Chippa United

Orlando Pirates v Ajax Cape Town

Bidvest Wits v Cape Town City

AmaZulu v Mthatha Bucks

Super Eagles v Free State Stars

Platinum Stars v Baroka FC

Richards Bay FC v Bloemfontein Young Tigers

Stellenbosch v Highlands Park

Bloemfontein Celtic v SuperSport United

Happy Wanderers v Royal Eagles

Ubuntu Cape Town v Polokwane City

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