Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns and Vasco da Gama will have
their first Nedbank Cup clash in the second semi-final at the Lucas Moripe
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‘Downs have eliminated Thanda Royal Zulu (2-0 home),
Platinum Stars (3-1 away) and Black Aces (2-0 away) to book their place in the
final four of this year’s Nedbank Cup.
They will be looking to progress into the final for the
first time since 2012 (when they lost 2-0 to Tshwane rivals SuperSport United)
and give themselves a chance of adding to the three National Cups (1986, 1998
and 2008) they have in their trophy cabinet.
As for Vasco, they have beaten Highlands Park (2-0), Winners
Park (3-2 after extra time, away), Maulti FET College (3-0 home) and Black
Leopards (3-2 away) to earn a place in the semifinals for the first time in
However, they will now be coming up against a top flight
side for the first time and must prove that they are worthy of their place in
the final four – away against a team which won the PSL title last season, no less.
This will be the first cup meeting of Sundowns and Vasco,
though they have met twice before in league competition when the Cape side
earned promotion to the top flight for the 2010/11 season.
The Brazilians won 1-0 both away and at home to complete a
league ‘double’ over Vasco, with Zimbabwean striker Nyasha Mushekwi (who
currently plays his football with Djurgårdens IF in Sweden) scoring both goals.
Kick-off is at 15:00 on Sunday, April 26.