David vs Goliath in the Nedbank Cup

FILE PICTURE: Fans during the Nedbank Cup final match between Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates at Moses Mabhida Stadium on May 17, 2014 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

This weekend sees the start of the country’s version of FA Cup in the Nedbank Cup. Past tournaments have shown PSL teams cannot enter a game against minnows with certainty they will win the game.

Or go into the match already thinking winning is a right than something they need to work for. University of Pretoria, six seasons ago, reached the final of this competition while campaigning in the National First Division. En route to the final, they defeated Kaizer Chiefs 4-1, a result which shocked the whole football family.

Though they lost the final against Moroka Swallows, Tuks, leading up to the final displayed some scintillating football.Tuks boasted some of the best players such as Andile Jali, Mthokosizi Yende and Phenyo Mongala.

Those players used that game as a window to showcase their talent, soon after the game, big teams came knocking. Jali and Mongala joined Orlando Pirates while Yende went on to sign for Chiefs. Then after, Tuks made their mark while the Limpopo side, Baroka FC burst into the scene in a big way.

They targeted a big scalp in Kaizer Chiefs and this was four years ago. Coached by Sello Chokoe, Baroka beat Chiefs 2-1 at a newly-refurbished Peter Mokaba Stadium. The shockwaves which the football fraternity experienced at the time were unheard of before as Baroka were in the fourth tier.

Players such as Khuladi Nkoana, Lantshane Phalane and Katlego Mashego were instant heroes in the north that weekend. Baroka were knocked out in the semifinals of the competition. Phalane and Mashego are now in PSL teams with Moroka Swallows and Free State Stars, respectively, while Nkoana’s career in the elite league never took off.

And as this weekend’s opening round of the competition starts, upsets are in the offing as it’s something which has become synonymous with this tournament.





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