The 2021 Nedbank Cup quarter-finals are being held this weekend, with three of the four ties to be played on Saturday and Sunday.
Already, Chippa United overcame Richards Bay in the first quarter-final, as Chippa reached their second semi-final in three years thanks to a narrow 2-1 win. The last of the quarter finals will see Sundowns host Orlando Pirates on the 15th of April.
Our preview focuses on Sunday’s clashes, particularly the match between Black Leopards and Tshakuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM), and the all-Glad Africa clash between Cape Town All Stars and Pretoria Callies.
Leopards v TTM
The Nedbank Cup seems to be the only hope of silverware for Black Leopards and TTM. The two sides have won just six of the 37 games played between them in the league all season. Thanks to those results, TTM are 14th on the league table, while Leopards are rooted at the bottom, a position they have occupied for a while.
It seems both teams have reserved their better performances for the Nedbank Cup. TTM in particular, have upped their game since the Cup ties resumed at the beginning of February. TTM knocked out Cup specialists SuperSport United and high flying Swallows FC on their run to the quarter-finals. But their run could be in danger today:
7 – TTM have not won a game against Black Leopards in seven previous attempts (D3 L4), last inflicting defeat on today’s opponent in 2016.
Ironically, the last time TTM beat Leopards was exactly five years ago in 2015. TTM will be confident they can repeat that feat, given their current run of form. They have lost just one of the last seven games in all competitions, and even that loss came via a late Golden Arrows penalty in their last game.
Leopards, on the other hand, are on a run of three successive losses, their third such run this season. Yet, the fact that TTM have scored more than one goal just three times this season (in 21 games), will give Leopards some encouragement. They would have preferred another date, however, because there is something about 14 March.
14 March – Leopards were knocked out at the same stage of the competition last season, on this exact day last year – 14 March 2020.
Two days later, the PSL suspended all football activity due to the pandemic.
Cape Town All Stars v Pretoria Callies
Two GladAfrica Championship sides clash in the other quarter final today. Callies are sixth on the league table, while Cape Town All Stars are 9th, but the two clubs are separated by just one point.
6 – Cape Town All Stars are unbeaten in six matches in all competitions (W4 D2), currently the longest unbeaten run of all sides in the first division.
However, their last defeat came to Pretoria Callies at the end of January.
By Opta Jabu