Gustavo Paez of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg South Africa on 07 February 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Friday Mar 10, 2017. 15:30
Stellenbosch FC will play the biggest match in the history of their club when they welcome Kaizer Chiefs to Athlone Stadium for a last 32 clash in the Nedbank Cup. The match is scheduled for Saturday, 11 March 2017, kick-off at 20h15.
Having only been formed last year at the start of the 2016/17 season, this will be Stellenbosch’s first venture in South Africa’s premier cup competition.
And what a way to make a debut, by welcoming the competition’s most successful side: 13-time champions Kaizer Chiefs.
Stellenbosch have demonstrated some solid form in the National First Division (where they replaced their forerunners Vasco da Gama) and will see this clash against Amakhosi as a chance to test their ambition of reaching the top flight.
As for Chiefs, who were champions as recently as 2013, the Nedbank Cup offers them and coach Steve Komphela the chance to break a trophy drought which stretches back to 2015 when Stuart Baxter won the second of his league titles with the club.
But they must first overcome a determined lower league opponent, a hurdle on which the Soweto giants have stumbled in the past: in 2015 they lost to Black Leopards, in 2011 Baroka FC and 2010 to FC Cape Town (all were outside of the PSL at the time).
At the very least, Chiefs will be looking to improve on last season’s showing in the Nedbank Cup: they went down 2-0 at the hands of arch rivals and eventual runners-up Orlando Pirates in the first round.