Absa Premiership

'Downs, Aces set for final repeat

2015-04-10 07:45
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Cape Town - Black Aces and Mamelodi Sundowns will meet for a repeat of the 2008 Nedbank Cup final when they clash in the quarterfinals at Mbombela Stadium on Sunday.

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The teams famously met in the final of the inaugural Nedbank Cup seven years ago, with the Brazilians winning 1-0 thanks to a goal from Lerato Chabangu. It was the fifth cup meeting of the teams, and Sundowns’ fourth victory in this respect.

Aces have only once stopped the Tshwane side from claiming a victory in a cup match, and that was in a BP Top 8 quarterfinal back in 1989.

The match ended in a 1-1 draw before AmaZayoni won on penalties.

In all, the teams have met in 38 matches across all competitions since 1985.

‘Downs certainly enjoy a big advantage in head-to-head terms, with 27 wins and just five defeats.

The teams met in the league just this midweek and played to a 1-1 draw, with Teko Modise and Onyekachi Okonkwo scoring for the Brazilians and AmaZayoni respectively.

Their first match of this campaign was a goalless draw back in November last year.

Aces earned their place in the last eight thanks to a 2-1 victory over fellow top flight side Maritzburg United in the last 32, before edging National First Division club Jomo Cosmos 1-0 in the previous round.

Sundowns, meanwhile, defeated NFD’s Thanda Royal Zulu 2-0 in the last 32, before ending Platinum Stars’ ‘cup curse’ by beating the Rustenburg side 3-1 in the previous round.

Kick-off is at 15:00 on Sunday, April 12.


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