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A Must-Win For Chiefs As The Amakhosi Faithful Demand Silverware

The Nedbank Cup semi-final round will be taking place this Saturday, 20 April.

Both games promise to be a hive of activity as Kaizer Chiefs travel away to face Chippa United in their quest to finally put themselves in a situation to secure silverware after three-and-a-half years without a trophy in the cabinet.

While, Golden Arrows and TS Galaxy are both fighting to make history by reaching their first cup competition final.

Former Banyana Banyana player, Khabo Zitha gave her predictions on who will make it through to the final round as well as the league match between Baroka and Mamelodi Sundowns.

 

Match of the Week

Chippa United v Kaizer Chiefs (Nedbank Cup)

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League Rankings: Chippa United 14th & Kaizer Chiefs 7th

Useful facts: Expect Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium to be a hive of activity both on the pitch and in the stands come Saturday evening, as this is the one game this weekend that everyone is looking forward to. What a story it would be if Chippa United were to record a victory against Kaizer Chiefs and book a place in the final of a cup competition for the first time in their history! Although they have troubles of their own in the league, where they sit third from bottom, with four games remaining, they will want a shot at glory in the cup, and what better way to do it than slaying a giant in the form of the Glamour Boys, the so-called cup kings of South African football. For their part, the Soweto giants are under huge pressure to appease their fans, who surely do not know what to expect of their team this weekend, especially after their 1-0 loss to Baroka FC and 1-1 draw against Black Leopards recently. This is the team’s last chance to win a trophy, as they are pretty much out of the league title race. Therefore, there is all to play for and the heat is on. It’s an opportunity for both sets of players to show what they are made of and, with next season not far away, they will also want to prove themselves to their coaches so that they can be included in the plans for 2019/20. 

Khabo Zitha: Kaizer Chiefs win

 

Golden Arrows v TS Galaxy (Nedbank Cup)

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League Rankings: Golden Arrows 9th & TS Galaxy 8th  

Useful facts: In almost every instalment of the Nedbank Cup, there is that one so-called smaller team that proves to be a surprise package, and this year it’s been TS Galaxy, who are a ‘baby’ that is in its first season in the National First Division. They have surpassed expectations and, having avoided a big team in the semi-final, will feel they have a real chance to emulate the feats of Mpumalanga Black Aces, who went all the way to contest the final against Mamelodi Sundowns back in 2008. They are sitting mid-table on the NFD log, and so with no danger of relegation or a chance to make the play-offs, this is their real chance at achieving something this season, even if this would have been against all odds. In Golden Arrows, they are up against a formidable opponent, who have faced lower division teams twice in this competition this year and got the better of both. Steve Komphela would relish nothing more than reaching the final, having last done so while at Kaizer Chiefs, where they fell short to Mamelodi Sundowns in the Telkom Knockout in 2015. His opposite number, Dan Malesela, is a proponent for free-flowing football that is easy on the eye, which should make this a good football match for the neutrals.   

Khabo Zitha: Golden Arrows win

 

Baroka FC v Mamelodi Sundowns (Premier Soccer League)

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League Rankings: Baroka FC 13th & Mamelodi Sundowns 2nd 

Useful facts: Back from their exploits in the CAF Champions League, Mamelodi Sundowns face the mammoth task of catching up with the domestic schedule, where they trail log leaders Orlando Pirates by six points, but have three games in hand. With points in the bag considered a better situation than games still to be played, Downs have it all to do and they will be aware that slipping up against Baroka FC could derail their plans and see panic setting in, in camp. A win is vital to their title aspirations, especially considering the case hovering above their heads involving ineligibly fielding Wayne Arendse, which could see points deducted from the defending league champions. Baroka, too, are a tricky opponent in that they also have their own cause to fight for, which is avoiding relegation. The Tshwane giants will know this too well, as they drew with the Limpopo outfit 0-0 in their first round clash.     

Khabo Zitha: Mamelodi Sundowns win 

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