Kaizer Chiefs paired with 'magical' amateurs in Nedbank Cup

2019-01-31 20:57
Nedbank Cup (File)

Johannesburg - Success-starved giants Kaizer Chiefs were paired with third-tier amateur opponents for the second successive round when the Nedbank Cup Round of 16 draw was made on Thursday.  

Chiefs, winners of a record 53 domestic titles but without a trophy for 44 months, travel to Cape Town in mid-February to take on The Magic.  

Last Sunday, Chiefs battled to overcome another amateur outfit, Tornado, winning 1-0 in East London after extra time through an own-goal.

With Chiefs seven points behind league leaders Bidvest Wits having played one match more, the Nedbank Cup represents the best chance of ending the trophy drought.

"The players and I are well aware of our mandate, which is to trophies," said Chiefs' German coach Ernst Middendorp this week.

"If we continue to do our best day after day I am convinced there will be a change of fortune at the club."

The Magic were formed in 2012 by former national team striker George Dearnaley and eliminated a second division club on penalties in the round of 32.

Other attractive ties include in-form Black Leopards at home to Wits and Cape Town City hosting Highlands Park in all-Premiership clashes. 

Nedbank Cup Round of 16 draw:

Cape Umoya United v Mbombela United

Jomo Cosmos v TS Galaxy

Witbank Spurs v Golden Arrows

The Magic v Kaizer Chiefs

Cape Town City v Highlands Park

Bloemfontein Celtic v Richards Bay

Black Leopards v Bidvest Wits

Chippa Utd v Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila

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