The South African Football Association (SAFA) has congratulated three Second Division League teams that showed their mettle in the Nedbank Cup first round.
Last Saturday, 23 February 2013, Maluti FET College brewed one of the biggest domestic soccer shockers when they defeated reigning league champions Orlando Pirates 4-1 at Charles Mopeli Stadium and Tembu Royals FC followed this up when they registered a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Premier Soccer League’s Amazulu on Wednesday 27 February 2013. The match was played at King Zwelithini Stadium, in Durban. Cape Town All Stars could have completed a treble of Second Division winners but narrowly lost 5-4 to Black Leopards at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Maluti FET College from Free State, Tembu Royals FC of Eastern Cape, Vardos FC from Gauteng, KZN’s Island FC, Mbombela United from Mpumalanga, Magesi FC of Limpopo, Cape Town All Stars (Western Cape) and Jacksa Spears from the Northern Cape all took part in Nedbank Cup where they joined South Africa’s elite Premier Soccer League and First Division teams.
“Once again, I would like to congratulate Maluti FET College and Tembu Royals for progressing to the next round of the Nedbank Cup. They have once more showed there is very little gap between the elite clubs and those in the SAFA lower leagues,” said SAFA President, Kirsten Nematandani.
The SAFA President said he hoped the two sides would hold their own during the campaign in South Africa’s premier knock out competition.
“Baroka FC showed it a couple of years ago and we are now watching with keen interest on how the two would hold their own going forward. They have tasted the sweet of giant killing act and that should spur them to go some distance in this cup competition. We wish them the best of luck,” added Nematandani.