Chiefs begin Nedbank defence
Lehlohonolo Majoro (Gallo)
Cape Town - Nedbank Cup champions Kaizer Chiefs will begin the defence of their title when they face Black Leopards at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday, 23 February 2014.
Kick-off at 15:00.
Chiefs, who defeated SuperSport United 1-0 in last year’s final to land their 13th National Cup title, find themselves fighting on three fronts as they compete in the domestic league, the CAF Champions League and the Nedbank Cup.
It will be no easy task for the Amakhosi to be successful on all three fronts, but they can at least rest safe in the knowledge that they have traditionally gotten the better of Leopards in the teams’ head-to-head showdowns.
The clubs have met in 21 official league and cup matches since 2001/02 and the Soweto giants have claimed 12 wins compared to just five victories for the Limpopo side.
When looking at just the cup meetings, Chiefs have even more reason to be confident: three outright wins from as many matches, seven goals for and just one conceded.
In fact, the teams’ most recent knockout meeting arrived in the 2012 Nedbank Cup - a Last 16 clash that Amakhosi won 4-0 away from home, with striker Lehlohonolo Majoro netting all four goals.
Leopards are former runners-up of the Nedbank Cup (they were beaten 3-1 in the 2011 final by Orlando Pirates. Then, as is the case now, they were a National First Division team) and reached the Last 16 last year before falling 2-0 to Platinum Stars.
Chiefs have been in superb form of late, winning 10 of their last 11 league matches as well as securing progression into the first round of the Champions League. In midweek they played below their best but still claimed an emphatic 3-0 win at home to Bloemfontein Celtic.
Black Leopards have enjoyed a solid league campaign in the NFD so far and find themselves in contention for top spot and a direct return to the top flight. This past weekend they defeated Blackburn Rovers 2-0 away from home, extending their unbeaten league run to six games.