Cape Town - Free
State Stars and Orlando Pirates will meet in the Nedbank Cup for the fourth
time this decade when they battle for a place in the quarter-finals on Saturday at James Motlatsi Stadium.
claimed their place in the last 16 thanks to a 2-0 win over fellow PSL side
Highlands Park on March 11. The Free State side has never won the Nedbank Cup, though they were runners-up
in the 1994 final (as QwaQwa Stars), losing out on the Bob Save Super Bowl (as
the competition was known at the time) as they went down 1-0 at the hands of
defeated lower league minnows EC Bees 3-1 away from home on March 12 to claim
their place in this stage of the Nedbank Cup.
The Buccaneers have plenty of pedigree in this
competition, having won it eight times (and as recently as 2014). Last season
they got as far the final – eliminating the likes of Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi
Sundowns en route - but they were beaten 3-2 by SuperSport United.
will be the 12th official cup meeting between Stars and Pirates in a
head-to-head rivalry which stretches back to 1986.
The Soweto side has claimed
five outright wins (including a 4-2 triumph in the semifinals of last season’s
Nedbank Cup) compared to two for the Free State side. Each team has also
claimed one win apiece via post-match penalties.
the teams have clashed in 66 matches across all competitions. The Buccaneers
have 30 wins compared to 10 for Ea Lla Koto, while 26 matches have been drawn.
The teams' most recent clash was just this past weekend in the top flight
league, with Stars claiming a 3-2 home win at the James Motlatsi Stadium thanks
to a goals from Moeketsi Sekola, Paulus Masehe and Mohammed Anas.
Kick off is at 20:15.