City, Pirates set for first cup clash

City, Pirates set for first cup clash
Roland Putsche of Cape Town City tackles Thabo Qalinge of Orlando Pirates during the 2017/18 Absa Premiership football match between Orlando Pirates and Cape Town City at Soccer City, Johannesburg on 19 September 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Mar 14, 2018. 09:00

Cape Town City and Orlando Pirates will meet for their first knockout match in the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup, set for 14 March 2018 at Cape Town Stadium, kick-off at 19h30.

City claimed their place in this phase of the competition with a 1-0 away win over Bidvest Wits on February 7, with new signing Matthew Rusike scoring his first goal for the club.

The Cape Town side have moved into the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup for the first time, with their only previous participation - in 2017 - ending in the first round when they suffered a shock 1-0 loss to lower league Acornbush United.

The Citizens come into the game having claimed a 1-0 away win over Costa do Sol in a CAF Confederation Cup midweek clash on March 7. The Cape side has recorded three wins and three losses from their last six matches across all competitions.

Pirates earned their spot in the last 16 with a 2-0 home win over Ajax Cape Town on February 10. Ghanaian forward Bernard Morrison revived his career at the club by scoring both of the goals in the victory over the Urban Warriors.

The Buccaneers are eight-time winners of the Nedbank Cup (1973, 1974, 1975, 1980, 1988, 1996, 2011, 2014) and last year they got as far as the final before suffering a 4-1 defeat at the hands of SuperSport United.

Pirates come into the game on the back of a morale-boosting 3-1 win over Soweto derby rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the league on March 3. The team in black and white have won their last four matches on the bounce.

The teams will be meeting in their first cup match, though they have crossed swords in three league games since City’s formation at the start of the 2016/17 season. In that campaign the sides drew both of their league encounters: 0-0 in Soweto and 2-2 in Cape Town.

Their most recent meeting was a league clash in Soweto in September last year which saw the Buccaneers claim a 1-0 win, thanks to a late strike from attacking midfielder Thabo Qalinge.

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