EC Bees look to upset Orlando Pirates

EC Bees look to upset Orlando Pirates
Happy Jele of Orlando Pirates evades challenge from Lehlohonolo Majoro of Cape Town City FC during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 football match between Cape Town City FC and Orlando Pirates at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 18 February 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Mar 10, 2017. 14:30

EC Bees will be out to cause to a massive upset in the Nedbank Cup when they host Orlando Pirates at Sisa Dukashe Stadium. The match is set for Sunday, 12 March 2017, kick-off at 15h00.

The Eastern Cape side, who play in the ABC Motsepe League in the region, made their debut in the last 32 of the Nedbank Cup last year. They were beaten 2-1 at home by Magesi FC, but they clearly enjoyed their participation and have fought their way back into the major stages of the competition once again.

Bees boast plenty of former PSL experience amongst their ranks, include Welcome Qalanto in attack, as well as the likes of Mokete Tsotetsi and Thembalethu Moses in their coaching ranks.

As for Orlando Pirates, they are still in the early stages of a new era under coach Kjell Jonevret and come into this match looking to break a 12-game winless streak across all competitions. They played to a 1-1 draw at home to SuperSport United in a midweek league clash.

The Buccaneers have plenty of pedigree in this competition, having won it eight times (and as recently as 2014). Last season they got as far the final – eliminating the likes of Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns en route – but they were beaten 3-2 by SuperSport United.

In Jonevret can take his side one step further in the 2017 edition it will make him a hero with the Soweto side. But before Pirates can think of the sharp end of the tournament, they must avoid a shock defeat against their Eastern Cape hosts.

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