Pirates the next obstacle in Gallants' title defence

Pirates the next obstacle in Gallants' title defence
Gv of Orlando Pirates players during the 2022 Nedbank Cup Quarter Final Orlando Pirates Training on the 07 March 2022 at Rand Stadium / Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Tuesday Mar 08, 2022. 10:00

Reigning Nedbank Cup champions Marumo Gallants will continue their title defence against Orlando Pirates in the round of 16 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Kick-off is at 6pm CAT (SA, GMT+2)

Bahlabane Ba Ntwa beat ABC Motsepe League outfit Santos 2-0 in the previous round to set up a date with the Soweto giants.

Dan Malesela’s charges have yet to drop any points in the DStv Premiership this year and the 1-0 success over Stellenbosch on Sunday was their third win on the spin.

Meanwhile, Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids’ side kicked off the year with a 1-0 victory over AmaZulu in the round of 32, when Deon Hotto’s 53rd-minute goal settled the cup-tie.

However, the Buccaneers will be hoping the cup competition can provide a welcome tonic after they conceded the local bragging rights to arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday with a 2-1 defeat in the Soweto derby.

Pirates have picked up just one win from their last five games in all competitions, which came against Royal Leopards (6-2) in the CAF Confederation Cup on February 27.

This will be the first-ever meeting between the two clubs in the Nedbank Cup and their fifth overall, with Pirates having won two of the four league encounters, the other two ending in draws.

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