Lucky Mohomi from Free State Stars
Thursday Mar 31, 2016. 09:55
Santos and Free State Stars will renew their rivalry for the first time in four seasons when they meet in the Nedbank Cup at Athlone Stadium on 2 April 2016, kick-off at 20h15.
Santos beat fellow National First Division side Mthatha Bucks 1-0 to advance into the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup, while their most recent outing was a 3-1 loss at the hands of NFD leaders Baroka FC.
Stars got the better of fellow top flight side Ajax Cape Town 2-1 away from home to progress into this cup tie, while their last outing was a 1-1 draw at home to Polokwane City in the league.
Santos and Stars have met in two previous cup matches. Their first meeting was in the third round of the 1991 Bob Save Super Bowl (a forerunner of the Nedbank Cup) and the teams played to a 1-1 draw before the Cape side advanced on penalties. Their second and most recent meeting was in the 2008 Nedbank Cup quarterfinals, with Ea Lla Koto winning 1-0 at home.
Across all top flight competitions since 1991, the teams have clashed in 29 matches. Stars have 10 wins compared to six for Santos, while 13 matches have been drawn. The teams last met in the 2011/12 top flight league season and Ea Lla Koto completed a league ‘double’ over the People’s Team by winning 2-0 at home and 1-0 away.
Nedbank Cup pedigree
Santos are two-time winners of the Nedbank Cup, claiming the trophy in 2001 and 2003 when they defeated Mamelodi Sundowns and Ajax Cape Town in the respective finals. The People’s Team last participated in the main draw of the competition in 2014 and reached the last 16 before falling 2-0 to eventual champions Orlando Pirates.
Stars have never won the Nedbank Cup, but they were runners-up in 1994 when they lost the final 1-0 to Vaal Professionals (they were known as QwaQwa Stars at the time). Last season Ea Lla Koto dropped out of the competition in the last 32 after losing on penalties to Bidvest Wits.