Cape Town - University of Pretoria and Moroka Swallows will
meet in a repeat of the 2009 Nedbank Cup final in this year’s last 32.
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The Birds won that Nedbank Cup final 1-0, and also beat Tuks
by the same score in the last 16 of the 2013 Telkom Knockout to boast a 100% record from the teams’ two previous cup matches.
Overall, however, the record between Swallows and Tuks is
dead even: in seven league and cup matches since that Nedbank Cup final, each
side has claimed three wins, there has been one draw, and each has scored nine
goals against the other.
AmaTuks do seem to enjoy the upper hand in the rivalry right
now, having won their last two league matches against Swallows, including a 3-2
away win in Soweto in November last year, which was the most recent encounter
between the pair.
On that occasion, goals from Atusaye Nyondo, Thabo Mnyamane
and Partson Jaure took AmaTuks to victory, and they will be confident of another
win over the Birds.
Tuks have been in good form in recent times, having put
together a six-match unbeaten run in the league. Their last outing was a 1-1
draw away to Free State Stars earlier this month.
Swallows, on the other hand, are in need of a victory to get
out of their current malaise. The Soweto side has suffered three successive
defeats in the league (at the hands of Mamelodi Sundowns, Polokwane City and
Bidvest Wits) since the resumption of the PSL season earlier this month.
Both Tuks and Swallows were victims of SuperSport United in
last year’s Nedbank Cup. The former were beaten 1-0 by Matsatsantsa in the last
32, while the latter lost by the same score to the Tshwane side in the last 16.
The match will take place at Tuks Stadium on Wednesday, February
Kick-off is at 19:30.