Nedbank Cup Quarter Final Draw: Mamelodi Sundowns Avoid Orlando Pirates, Upsets on the Cards

Nedbank Cup Quarter Final Draw: Mamelodi Sundowns Avoid Orlando Pirates, Upsets on the Cards

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at March 19, 2024 at 7:04 AM
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  • The Nedbank Cup quarter-final draw was conducted on Monday evening
  • The draw has thrown out a mix of evenly matched ties and possible upsets
  • The matches will be played after the internationals on dates to be confirmed

Football fans are a step closer to finding out who will lift the last knockout cup of the season.

The University of Pretoria are the only second-division club left in the competition, leaving three all-PSL crackers for supporters to look forward to.

Sports Brief outlines the four Nedbank Cup ties and the eight teams' chances of progression.

Rulani Mokwena, Mamelodi Sundowns, Jose Riveiro, Orlando Pirates, Nedbank Cup.
Rulani Mokwena and Jose Riveiro avoided a Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates clash in the Nedbank Cup quarter-final draw. Photos: @YELL0WMAN, @Cellular_jnr and @DineoManamela.
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Nedbank Cup Quarter-final draw

1. Stellenbosch FC vs SuperSport United

The tie of the rounds pits two of the league's most consistent performers against each other. Form would suggest the Maroons would have preferred to be drawn away, while Gavin Hunt is used to being on the road this season.

The tie could go either way and will likely come down to who wants it more. Both teams have needed a penalty shootout to progress this season so expect another 12-yard lottery.

2. TS Galaxy vs Chippa United

The Rockets will back themselves at home against the Chilli Boys. The teams have played twice this season, with Galaxy earning a 2-0 win in December after a goalless draw in August.

Sead Ramovic has assembled an efficient machine and they will have a second cup final on his wishlist. However, Chippa are capable of putting together a surprisingly good 90 minutes on occasion.

3. University of Pretoria vs Mamelodi Sundowns

AmaTuks have dispatched two PSL teams already, but they will find their next opponent on a slightly different level than Cape Town Spurs and Moroka Swallows.

Mamelodi Sundowns are on an all-conquering quest and it is anyone's guess who or when it will end. Rulani Mokwena is a meticulous planner so it is unlikely he will be caught off guard here.

4. AmaZulu FC vs Orlando Pirates

This will be the Buccaneers' first test in the tournament, having scored 10 goals in two games against second-tier opposition.

AmaZulu have a good home record and are in good form, but the international break could stall their momentum. If there is an upset lurking in the quarter-finals, this could be it.

Thembinkosi Lorch explains Mokwena stance

Sports Brief recently reported on Lorch explaining why Mokwena is tough on him since his move.

Mamelodi Sundowns earned their Nedbank Cup quarter-final spot thanks to two goals from Lorch.

The 30-year-old expressed gratitude for his coach pushing him to improve upon his scoring record.

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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.