Nedbank Cup: Milford FC Banking on Repeat of Past Upsets Ahead of Kaizer Chiefs Tie

Nedbank Cup: Milford FC Banking on Repeat of Past Upsets Ahead of Kaizer Chiefs Tie

Jarryd Westerdale
February 23, 2024 at 6:10 PM
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  • Milford FC are relishing their date with Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium on Sunday
  • The Amakhosi have not won the Nedbank Cup since 2013 or any trophy since 2014
  • The Stallions wish to channel the spirit of teams who have caused previous cup upsets

For some Milford FC players, this could be the first and last time they play at the FNB Stadium.

Cup draws throw out these fantasy moments, and once in a while, teams grab hold of the occasion to cement memories that last lifetimes.

Dr Xanti Pupuma will be hoping his group of Motsepe Foundation Championship warriors will expose Kaizer Chiefs' vulnerabilities and take advantage of any mistakes.

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Milford FC are prepared to cause an upset against Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium on Sunday, claims Nkululeko Buthelezi. Photos: @SABC_Sport and @KickoffMagazine.
Source: Twitter

Amakhosi have a history of falling to smaller teams in the Nedbank Cup. Perhaps the black and gold badge symbolises the ultimate top-tier cup scalp, adding a unique motivation for second-division wanderers.

Richards Bay FC and TS Galaxy are the most recent lower tier team to defeat Chiefs in the Nedbank Cup The Natal Rich Boyz did so in 2021 while The Rockets famously achieved the feat in the 2019 final.

2011, 2010 and 2009 saw three consecutive lower division exits for Chiefs at the hands of Baroka FC, FC Cape Town and the University of Pretoria, respectively.

These five teams are an inspiration for Milford FC to add their names to the list of Amakhosi nightmare moments. Assistant Coach Nkululeko Buthelezi was adamant that the players would not let Chiefs off likely, as relayed by iDiskiTimes:

“We will give Chiefs a tough game. I don’t think there will be overloading excitement for them to lose the focus. I think it is hugely motivating that they are going to play against Chiefs.”

Chiefs centre-back, Given Msimango acknowledged the danger, stressing that they would not be underestimating Milford FC. He stated via the Kaizer Chiefs website:

“You worry about every opponent because each one proves to be a challenge in their own aspect."

Milford FC chairman praises Kaizer Chiefs

Sports Brief recently reported on Milford FC Chairman and founder showing respect to Kaizer Chiefs.

Dr Xanti Pupuma congratulated his Nedbank Cup opponents on their impressive track record and history.

The test against Chiefs is just one match along what Dr Pupuma hopes is a pathway to prosperity and success.

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Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.