Lower tier teams gear for Cup

2011-11-02 17:31

Cape Town - The Vodacom League will this weekend (5 – 6 November 2011) take a break from league activities to begin their campaign in the Nedbank Cup, South Africa’s version of the English FA Cup where David meets Goliath.

The Vodacom League teams have already played four matches each in the 2011/2012 season, with the exception of KwaZulu Natal, eight provinces will be battle it out in the preliminary and the first round in one weekend with the second round scheduled for the weekend of 25 and 26 November.

In January 2012, the nine Vodacom League provincial winners from will pit their strength against the SAB Regional League nine provincial winners to crown the overall Provincial Nedbank Cup winners.

The two teams out of the nine overall Provincial winners will lock horns in a mini play-off scheduled for the February 2012 so that there are eight (8) sides remaining to get into the Nedbank Cup last 32 with NFD and PSL sides. i.e. eight from SAFA, eight from the National First Division and the 16 from the PSL.The Last 32 round will be played on the weekend of 2, 3 and 4 March in 2012.

The KZN Vodacom league is only kicking off this weekend (5 and 6 November 2011), and their journey in the Nedbank Cup only starts in (November 25 and 26) with the preliminary round and second round. The second round will be held early in December to ensure they are ready for the round of Last 32 round.

“KZN have delayed the start of their league season after they raised some issues, then a delegation visited the Province to hear them out and their concerns are being looked into. But what we have done is to pack their programme, which includes shortening their Christmas break and playing during public holidays next year to catch up. We are confident though that they will finish on time with other provinces,” said SAFA’s Competitions Chairperson, Sam Masitenyane.

One-hundred-and-forty-six (146) teams in the Vodacom League will take part in the Nedbank Cup, while the SAB League will be represented by one-thousand-one-hundred (1100) clubs.