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
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.