Christopher Bergman of Chippa United
Friday Mar 09, 2018. 05:18
Free State Stars and Chippa United will meet for their first knockout match in the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup, set for 10 March 2018 at Goble Park Stadium, kick-off at 15h30.
Stars earned their place in this phase of the competition with a hard-fought 2-1 win (after extra time) over derby rivals Super Eagles on February 14. Rooi Mahamutsa scored the late equaliser which took the game to an extra half hour, before Mohammed Anas netted the winner.
Ea Lla Koto have never won the Nedbank Cup, though they were runners-up in the 1994 final (as QwaQwa Stars). Last season they exited the competition in the last 16 round as they were beaten 4-1 at home by Orlando Pirates.
Stars come into the game having won 2-1 away to Platinum Stars in a league clash on March 3. The Free State side is unbeaten in their last six matches across all competitions.
Chippa claimed their place in the last 16 with a 2-0 away win over third-tier side Phiva Young Stars. With Ayabulela Konqobe and Linda Mntambo scoring the goals for the Eastern Cape side.
The Chilli Boys have never won the Nedbank Cup, nor reached the final. However, they got as far as the penultimate round last year: Chippa defeated Witbank Spurs, Polokwane City and Jomo Cosmos before succumbing on penalties to eventual champions SuperSport United in the semifinals.
Chippa come into the game on the back of a 2-0 loss away to Cape Town City in a league clash on March 2. It was their second successive loss and saw the departure of coach Teboho Moloi, who has since been replaced by Vladislav Heric.
In head-to-head stats, Stars and Chippa have never met in a cup match before, though they are regular combatants in top-flight league football. The teams have faced off in nine PSL games since 2012/13, with Ea Lla Koto claiming four wins compared to three for the Chilli Boys.
They last met in November, where late goals from Edward Manqele and James Okwuosa saw the game end 1-1. It was a second successive draw between the teams and extended the Chilli Boys’ unbeaten run in the rivalry to four games.