Orlando Pirates will be hoping to trounce Maluti FET College in the last 32 round of the Nedbank Cup in QwaqwaOrlando Pirates travel to Qwaqwa in Free State this weekend, to face the Maluti FET College side in the last 32 of the Nedbank Cup at the Charles Mopeli Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Maluti is unquestionably going into this game with a heavy underdog tag on them, but will want to cause one of the major upsets in SA history, or at least provide a respectable, spirited effort.
The Free State-based team is however, not playing for the first the time in the last 32 of this competition, as they reached the same stage in 2009, losing 2-1 to then National First Division side Winners Park.
Orlando Pirates will also want to take this game seriously, because they understand that their fans expect them to win every trophy on offer. Bucs will also want to win, not only Saturday’s game, but the trophy, having tasted the sweetness of representing South Africa in the Caf champions league.
The Buccaneers could not take part in the 2012 Caf Confederation Cup, because they had booked themselves a place in the Caf champions league after winning the league, and their spot was taken by finalists Black Leopards who were knocked out in the quarterfinals. However Pirates would want to go all the way, hoping for the repeat of the 2010/2011 season.
Coach Morena Ramoreboli will also be keen to do well against Pirates, as they are playing at home. He will be looking to make a name for himself by getting a decent result against the famous SA club. Ramoreboli was previously with NFD side African Warriors as an assistant coach.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Orlando Pirates coach Roger De Sa won the Nedbank Cup with Bidvest Wits in 2010.
- Maluti FET College was formed in 2008 after the college bought the Vodacom League fanchise from Mathata Take Me Cool.
- Orlando Pirates have won the Nedbank Cup once, and it was in 2011 when they defeated Black Leopard 3-1 in the final.
- In the history of the Nedbank Cup, no team has ever defended this trophy having won it the previous season.
- This year’s winners will pocket R7 million, and a place in the Caf Confederations Cup.