With the Nedbank Cup commencing tomorrow, you can’t help but think of all the upsets provided over the years by sides from the Safa Leagues and the National First Division.
Kaizer Chiefs have enjoyed a rich vein of form under Stuart Baxter since he was appointed in 2012, winning the league title in his first season at Naturena, and unbeaten in the league thus far this season. But history dictates that Chiefs must be wary of Saturday afternoon’s clash with Edu Sports FC at FNB Stadium.
In 2009 Amakhosi suffered a 4-3 defeat to the NFD’s University of Pretoria. AmaTuks went onto wallop Ajax Cape Town and Bloemfontein Celtic to reach the final. Moroka Swallows ended Steve Barker’s side’s impressive run with a 1-0 win.
FC Cape Town became the second team to knock Chiefs out of the Nedbank Cup in the round of 16 in 2010, picking up a 2-0 win.
Baroka FC earned the title of giant killers in 2011 when they ran riot in Soweto disposing of Moroka Swallows and Kaizer Chiefs to book a place in the semifinal of the Ke Yona Cup.
Orlando Pirates were humiliated by Maluti FET College in 2013, going down 4-1 in the last-32 of the Nedbank Cup. Former Pirates head coach Roger De Sa rested some of his regular starters and was made to regret his decision at the end of 90 minutes.
The Nedbank Cup has always provided small teams and players alike with a platform to showcase their latent in order to secure contracts with big football clubs in South Africa. This year’s edition of the Ke Yona Cup will be no different.