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  • 13 March 2013
  • • 19:30
  • • Athlone Stadium, Cape Town, WC
  • Referee: T. Nkosi
  • • Attendance: 2000

Vasco Da Gama – SuperSport United Preview: United won't underestimate Vasco

Vasco Da Gama – SuperSport United Preview: United won't underestimate Vasco

SuperSport United will visit NFD side Vasco Da Gama in the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup at the Athlone Stadium on Wednesday night

Champions SuperSport United will have a tricky visit in Cape Town to face the National First Division side Vasco Da Gama in the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup on Wednesday night.

United will go into this game high in confidence following their 1-0 win over Tshwane rivals last weekend. However, Gavin Hunt will preach caution to his players understanding the danger of playing against teams from lower leagues.

Vasco Da Gama will be looking to continue with their goal scoring spree in this tournament, having netted seven times in their last two games of the Nedbank Cup already. Although, those goals came against Santos, also campaigning in the NFD, as well as Safa’s Mbombela United, Vasco Da Gama coach Tony De Nobrega will know that it is still possible to upset a PSL team.

Matsatsantsa coach Gavin Hunt is expected to ring changes to his line-up, and give fringe players a chance against the Cape Town side. Rowen Fernandez is expected to replace Ronwen Williams in the posts, while Vasco Da Gama is expected to field their strongest players, as they will be looking to shock their opponents.

Former Bay United and Sundowns midfielder Gareth Ncaca will be battling with Moffat Mdluli in the middle of the park. Mdluli may be playing at a higher level than Ncaca, but his experience is nowhere near that of a man who also played for Moroka Swallows.
  • Vasco Da Gama have scored seven goals in this year’s tournament and have conceded only three.
  • SuperSport United haven’t scored in 120 minutes of the Nedbank Cup that they have played.
  • Vasco Da Gama won their last game against Mbombela United 4-1 away from home.
  • Matsatsantsa are the Nedbank Cup defending champions, having won the cup at the end of last season. SuperSport United won their last game of the Nedbank Cup on penalties, beating Moroka Swallows to progress to the last 16.  

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