Ovidy Karuru of AmaZulu celebrates goal during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Supersport United and AmaZulu at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Atteridgeville South Africa on 31 January 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Friday Mar 09, 2018. 05:11
National First Division side Ubuntu Cape Town will look to claim another PSL scalp in the Nedbank Cup when they take on hosts AmaZulu at the King Zwelithini Stadium on 9 March 2018, kick-off at 20h00.
Ubuntu claimed their place in the last 16 thanks to a surprise 3-2 win (after extra time) over top-flight club Polokwane City on February 7: A brace from Ranga Chivaviro was followed by a late winner from Siyambonga Madikane.
This is the Cape Town side’s first participation in the Nedbank Cup since their formation in 2017. However, their predecessors, FC Cape Town, had some notable success in the competition in years gone by, most notably in 2010 when they eliminated Kaizer Chiefs en-route to the quarterfinals.
Ubuntu come into the game in solid form, having claimed a 1-0 home win over Mthatha Bucks in the NFD on March 3. They are unbeaten in their last four matches across all competitions.
AmaZulu edged into this stage of the competition with a penalty shootout win over another National First Division team, Mthatha Bucks, on February 7. They were held 2-2 at home over 120 minutes, before winning the post-match shootout 3-0.
Usuthu have never won the Nedbank Cup, though they have been runners-up no less than six times (twice under the name Zulu Royals), the most recent of which was in 2010 when they were beaten 3-0 in the final by Bidvest Wits. Last year the Durban side fell out of the competition in the last 32 round after losing 3-2 to Platinum Stars.
AmaZulu come into the game having lost 3-1 at home to Mamelodi Sundowns in a league clash on March 2. It extended their winless run to four matches (including the above-mentioned 2-2 draw with Bucks).
In head-to-head stats, this will be the first competitive meeting of AmaZulu and Ubuntu (though predecessors FC Cape Town and Usuthu did face each other in several NFD campaigns).