Cape Town - SuperSport United and
Orlando Pirates will battle for the 2016 Nedbank Cup when they meet in the
final at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on May 28.
SuperSport advanced into the
final of the Nedbank Cup by overcoming Moroka Swallows (1-0 away), University
of Pretoria (3-3 away, won 4-2 on penalties), Black Aces (2-1 home) and Baroka
FC (2-0 home). Pirates advanced into the final thanks to four successive wins
over fellow top flight teams: 2-0 at home to Kaizer Chiefs, 3-1 away to Jomo
Cosmos, 2-0 away to Mamelodi Sundowns and 4-2 away to Free State Stars.
The teams faced off at
Orlando Stadium in their final league match of the 2015/16 season this past
weekend and played to a 2-2 draw. Pirates twice went ahead through goals from
Sifiso Myeni and Mpho Makola, but United hit back to claim a share of the
spoils with strikes from Bradley Grobler and Denwin Farmer.
SuperSport and Pirates
have been regular combatants in cup competitions, especially in recent years.
This will be the eighth cup clash between the teams in just the past four
seasons, and 18th overall. The Buccaneers have generally dominated
the rivalry, claiming nine outrights wins (plus two by penalties) compared to
four for Matsatsantsa (plus two by penalties). The teams’ most recent knockout
meeting was in the Nedbank Cup last year: SuperSport won 1-0 thanks to a goal
from striker Jeremy Brockie.
Overall, the United and
Bucs have clashed in 68 matches across all competitions since 1990. The Soweto
side has claimed 31 wins compared to 20 for the Tshwane club, while 17 matches
have been drawn. The teams have met twice this season, with last weekend’s
match at Orlando Stadium adding to a 1-0 win for SuperSport in the league way
back in August at the start of the 2015/16 campaign.
NEDBANK CUP PEDIGREE
SuperSport have won the
Nedbank Cup three times, with their most recent triumph occurring in 2012
(adding to triumphs in 1999 and 2005) when they beat local rivals Mamelodi
Sundowns in the final. Matsatsantsa reached the semifinals of last season’s
Nedbank Cup before they were beaten 2-1 by eventual runners-up Ajax Cape Town.
Pirates have won the
Nedbank Cup eight times, and were champions as recently as 2014. They were also
runners-up in 1971, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1984, 1998 and 2006. Last season the
Buccaneers were knocked out in the last 16, going down 1-0 at the hands of
Kick-off is at 15:00.