DREAM NEDBANK FINAL STILL ON THE CARDS
By: Khanyisani Dlomo
South African football fans are licking their lips after Soweto giants were kept apart in the Nedbank Cup semi-final draw today in Johannesburg.
The revelry between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates has become the centre of every footballing event in the country and the fans could witness an alluring Nedbank Cup final should the two win their respective matches.
Reigning champions Chiefs have a tough away assignment to Bidvest Wits who knocked out Bloemfontein Celtic yesterday. Amakhosi reached semi final after getting better of SuperSport United on Saturday with late goals from George Lebese.
Vladimir Vermezovic’s Pirates will travel to KwaZulu-Natal to face the rejuvenated Maritzburg United who beat National First Division side, African Warriors. The Buccaneers edged Mamelodi Sundowns to reach the semis.
Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter understands the daunting task his team will face against the Clever Boys. “To say we are happy to be drawn against Wits is disrespectful, it is just a different challenge,” Baxter after the draw.
“We want to defend the league and cup double. We will do our best to be competitive in all competitions,” added Baxter.
Wits boss Gavin Hunt said, “It will be a very tough match against Kaizer Chiefs but at least we have home ground advantage. When we come to the final stretch, everybody is fighting for something. A lot is at stake.”
Vermezovic said his side would be ready for Team of Choice. “We are playing them here tomorrow (for league). It is a perfect opportunity for us to study them for the Nedbank Cup semi-final match,” said the Serbian.
“I think our players are always comfortable playing away in Durban so, there won’t be much of a problem,” he added.
Dates and venues for the semi-final fixtures will be announced at a later stage.