Collins Mbesuma of Black Aces
Thursday Apr 21, 2016. 11:10
SuperSport United and Black Aces will meet in the Nedbank Cup for the first time when they battle for a place in the semifinals. Kick-off at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in set for 20h00 on 22 April 2016.
SuperSport advanced to this stage of the Nedbank Cup by overcoming Moroka Swallows (1-0 away) and University of Pretoria (3-3 away, won 4-2 on penalties). The Tshwane’s side most recent outing saw them claim an impressive 2-0 away win over Platinum Stars in the league on April 17.
Aces booked their place in the quarterfinals thanks to comfortable wins over United Rovers (7-0 away) and Maritzburg United (2-0 home). Their most recent outing saw them return to winning form in the league as they defeated Maritzburg United 2-0 away won April 15.
This will be just the second cup meeting of SuperSport and Aces. Their only previous encounter in a cup saw the Tshwane side claim an emphatic 5-1 win in the first round of the 2009/10 Telkom Knockout. In all, the teams have clashed in 22 matches across all competitions since 1990. AmaZayoni have claimed nine wins compared to seven for Matsatsantsa, while six matches have been drawn. The teams’ most recent meeting was a league clash back in August last year which ended 1-1, with hosts Aces scoring through Bhongolwethu Jayiya, while United’s goal was scored by Jeremy Brockie.
Nedbank Cup pedigree
SuperSport have won the Nedbank Cup three times, with their most recent triumph occurring in 2012 (adding to triumphs in 1999 and 2005) when they beat local rivals Mamelodi Sundowns in the final. Matsatsantsa reached the semifinals of last season’s Nedbank Cup before they were beaten 2-1 by eventual runners-up Ajax Cape Town.
Black Aces won the Nedbank Cup back in 1993 (when they were still known as Witbank Aces), defeating Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 in the final. They also reached the final as recently as 2008 (when they were still in the National First Division), losing 1-0 to Mamelodi Sundowns. Last season they reached the quarterfinals of the Nedbank Cup before falling at the hands of the eventual champions Sundowns.