Monday Apr 10, 2017. 00:00
The quarterfinal line-up for the Nedbank Cup was confirmed on Sunday afternoon when PSL sides Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs claimed hard-fought wins against lower league opponents Mbombela United and Acornbush United respectively.
The Amakhosi were given an almighty scare against Acornbush - the team which beat PSL league leaders Cape Town City in the previous round - at the Kabokweni Stadium, but a late brace from striker Gustavo Paez saw them to a come-from-behind 2-1 win.
Celtic also claimed a 2-1 win, with a double from their Burundian attacker Fiston Abdul-Razak sealing a victory over National First Division side Mbombela at the Dr Molemela Stadium.
The last 16 round got underway in midweek with three matches on Tuesday 4 April. Platinum Stars edged fellow PSL competitors Baroka FC 1-0 after extra time, while SuperSport United proved too strong for lower league side KwaDukuza United as they claimed a comfortable 2-0 away win to continue the defence of their title.
The big upset in midweek saw Bidvest Wits fall on penalties at the hands of Jomo Cosmos. The teams drew 1-1 after extra time, but Ezenkosi took the tie 5-4 on post-match spot kicks to become the first (and only) non-PSL side into the quarterfinals in 2017.
The weekend’s action began with an upset, as a wonderful goal from Nduduzo Sibiya saw Golden Arrows to a 1-0 away win over Mamelodi Sundowns. The Brazilians have struggled to find the form which took them to the CAF Champions League title at the end of last year, but this defeat to Abafana Bes’thende was still a big surprise.
Elsewhere, Chippa United defeated fellow top flight side Polokwane City 2-0 in the Eastern Cape, while Orlando Pirates put in their best showing under new coach Kjell Jonevret to win 4-1 at Free State Stars and avenge a league loss they suffered at the hands of the same team less than a week prior.
The quarterfinal draw will be held on Monday evening in Johannesburg. The eight teams in the hat: Orlando Pirates, Jomo Cosmos, Platinum Stars, SuperSport United, Golden Arrows, Chippa United, Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs.
Nedbank Cup last 16 results
Tuesday 4 April
Baroka FC 0-1 Platinum Stars
Jomo Cosmos 1(5)-1(4) Bidvest Wits
KwaDukuza United 0-2 SuperSport United
Saturday 8 April
Free State Stars 1-4 Orlando Pirates
Mamelodi Sundowns 0-1 Golden Arrows
Chippa United 2-0 Polokwane City
Sunday 9 April
Bloemfontein Celtic 2-1 Mbombela United
Acornbush United 1-2 Kaizer Chiefs