Absa Premiership

Chiefs to stifle minnow team

2015-02-20 09:17
Itumeleng Khune (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs will be out to avoid a giant-killing when they face Edu Sports FC in the last 32 of the Nedbank Cup.

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Chiefs reached the semi-finals of last year’s Nedbank Cup, losing out on the chance to defend their crown after losing on penalties to eventual runners-up Bidvest Wits.

Now, balancing the demands of playing in the PSL, CAF Champions League and Nedbank Cup, it would perhaps be easy for the Soweto giants to take their eye off the ball against a so-called ‘minnow teams’ from the lower leagues.

Fighting against such complacency will perhaps be Chiefs’ greatest challenge, and they have a history of falling to lower league sides in the Nedbank Cup, having done so in 2009 (v University of Pretoria), 2010 (v FC Cape Town) and 2011 (v Baroka FC).

Amakhosi also come into the game having suffered some indifferent form since the resumption of PSL football.

This midweek they were beaten 2-0 by SuperSport United (their first outright defeat of the season), following on from a goalless draw against Bloemfontein Celtic and an unconvincing 2-1 win over Botswana side Township Rollers in African clubcompetition.

Edu Sports have arguably overachieved just by reaching the last 32 of the Nedbank Cup, having beaten African All Stars (a higher division team) in the previous preliminary round.

The club, known by the nickname ‘The Immortals’, hails from Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, and plays in the Gauteng SAB Regional League. They are one of just two fourth-tier teams in the last 32 of the Nedbank Cup this year (the other being Northern Cape side Mainstay United).

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