Cape Town - Vasco da Gama and Maluti FET College will battle
for a place in the quarterfinals of the Nedbank Cup when they meet at Phillipi
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This all-NFD clash sees two teams who have not enjoyed great
seasons on the league front looking to reach the latter stages of South
Africa’s most prestigious cup competition.
Vasco claimed their place in the last 16 of this year’s
Nedbank Cup thanks to a hard-fought 3-2 away win over Bellevue Winners Park at
Giyani Stadium, with coach Tony De Nobrega’s men having to pull out all the
stops for a win in Limpopo.
As for Maluti, they won a Free State derby against Africans
Warriors, winning 2-1 at the Charles Mopeli Stadium to move through to the last
16. The University-based side is looking to make more waves in the competition,
having recorded arguably the greatest upset in South African cup history when
they beat Orlando Pirates 4-1 in the 2013 Nedbank Cup.
Vasco and Maluti have met twice in the National First
Division this season and it is the Cape side which has come out on top on both
occasions, winning 1-0 in the Free State and 2-0 in the return game in the
Vasco come into the match having played to a 1-1 draw with
local rivals Milano United last weekend, while Maluti held Black Leopards to a
1-1 draw. The Free State side has won just one league match since the turn of
Kick-off is at 15:00 on Saturday, March 21.