Cape Town - Reigning Nedbank Cup champions Orlando Pirates will face Tornado FC in the last 32 of the 2015 Nedbank Cup edition at Orlando Stadium.
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The Buccaneers, who overcame Thanda Royal Zulu, Santos, Mamelodi Sundowns, Maritzburg United and Bidvest Wits to claim the 2014 Nedbank Cup, will be aiming for an uncomplicated victory over their lower league opponents.
However, Pirates are not averse to suffering shock defeats in the Nedbank Cup, with their famous 4-1 loss to Maluti FET College in the last 32 of the 2013 edition arguably the biggest upset in South Africa’s National Cup history.
Avoiding such difficulty and possible embarrassment will be the main priority of caretaker coach Eric Tinkler, who has settled well into his role since head coach Vladimir Vermezovic’s departure last year.
And Bucs are clearly responding positively to Tinkler’s methods. A 2-0 win with only 10 men against Platinum Stars this past weekend marked a third successive league win and extended their unbeaten streak to six games.
However, they will face Tornado without one of the key men in that impressive sequence of results, striker Lehlohonolo Majoro. The former AmaZulu and Kaizer Chiefs man has scored five goals in Bucs’ last five games but will miss this Nedbank Cup clash due to suspension.
As for Tornado, they hail from the Eastern Cape and compete in that province’s ABC Motsepe League, where they have performed strongly throughout the present season.
They are coached by former Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana striker Jerry ‘Legs of Thunder’ Sikhosana. Included in their run to the last 32 of the competition is a 1-0 win over FC Buffalo, who were the Eastern Cape’s representatives in last year’s Nedbank Cup.
Kick-off is at 19:30 on Wednesday, February 18.