The Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga has been selected as the venue for the 2023/24 Nedbank Cup final. The long-awaited final is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 01 June 2024.

It marks the second time the 2010 FIFA World Cup venue will host the Nedbank Cup final. It follows the 2011 final when Orlando Pirates secured a 3-1 victory over Black Leopards at the same venue.

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The announcement comes hot on the heels of the semi-final draw, which took place on the very grounds where the final showdown will unfold, adding an extra layer of anticipation to the forthcoming matches.

Premier Soccer League Acting CEO, Mato Madlala, highlighted the importance of spreading the football experience to neighbouring countries through the selection of Mpumalanga as the host venue, in collaboration with Nedbank.

“We are thrilled to bring the Nedbank Cup final back to Mbombela Stadium,” she said.

“A venue rich in football history, having hosted memorable matches in the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the AFCON. This is a pivotal occasion for both the PSL and our partners Nedbank as it highlights our joint dedication to expanding football’s reach and impact throughout South Africa.

“Moreover, hosting the final in Mbombela will also cater to football enthusiasts from neighbouring countries like Mozambique and Eswatini. Thereby boosting tourism in the region,” she added.

“We eagerly anticipate an electrifying final that will captivate live audiences. As well as those who will tune in on Television and Radio,” said Madlala.

Mbombela Stadium confirmed as Venue for Nedbank Cup Final
Mbombela Stadium

EXCITEMENT AS MBOMBELA STADIUM IS CONFIRMED AS THE NEDBANK CUP FINAL VENUE

Khensani Nobanda, Nedbank’s Group Executive for Marketing and Corporate Affairs reminded fans that this year’s Nedbank Cup is more than just the on-the-field action; it’s about the empowerment, emotions, and connections that football creates.

“We continue our commitment to the fans and in the spirit of Ke Yona, Ya Rona. We are bringing fans closer to the tournament by continuously taking the final showpiece around the country to showcase South Africa’s vast tourism activities, with 12 different venues used across South Africa since 2008”.

Meanwhile, the Nedbank Cup Semi-final draw results are as follows:

Chippa United v Orlando Pirates
Stellenbosch v Mamelodi Sundowns

Details regarding the semi-final fixtures, including dates, venues, and times, will be communicated in due course.

The excitement of the Nedbank Cup reached new heights as the draw for the Nedbank Cup quarter-final took place on Monday, 18 March 2024. It was hosted by the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and Nedbank.

This follows an exhilarating round of 16, where football fans witnessed thrilling matchups and remarkable displays of talent. The spotlight now shifts to the remaining 8 teams vying for glory in South Africa’s most prestigious knockout football competition.

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Reflecting on the journey thus far, Nthabiseng Matshekga, Executive Head of Integrated Marketing and Experience at Nedbank, expressed enthusiasm for what lies ahead.

“The Nedbank Cup has always been a platform for showcasing the best of South African football, and the round of 16 did not disappoint. As we prepare for the quarter-final draw, the anticipation and excitement among fans keep on growing. We also look forward to seeing which teams will emerge victorious and continue their quest for the sought-after trophy.’

The quarterfinal draw signifies a crucial moment in the tournament, as teams are 1 step closer to etching their names in South African football history. With each game poised to deliver intense competition and unforgettable moments, football enthusiasts from all over the country can expect captivating encounters on the field.

Nedbank Cup quarter-final draw revealed 
Nedbank Cup Trophy

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The Nedbank Cup quarterfinal draw also symbolises a celebration of the tournament’s dedication to innovation and fan engagement. Building on the success of initiatives like the Ya Rona House, which has also redefined the concept of fan experiences, Nedbank hosted its inaugural fan event this past Saturday.

This event, attended by football luminaries such as Siphiwe Tshabalala, Teko Modise, and Primo Baloyi exemplified the ongoing commitment to providing immersive and interactive experiences for football enthusiasts, further enhancing the excitement surrounding Ke Yona Ya Rona.

“We are proud to be at the forefront of initiatives that bring fans closer to the heart of the game,” remarked Matshekga.

“From the launch of Ya Rona House to the introduction of groundbreaking fan incentives, the Nedbank Cup is about more than just football – it’s about creating unforgettable moments and fostering a sense of community among supporters.”

The Nedbank Cup’s mix of unexpected results and fan-centered innovations promises an unforgettable experience both on and off the field. The quarterfinal matches will unfold in April, with exact dates and venues to be confirmed by the PSL.

NEDBANK CUP QUARTER-FINAL DRAW RESULTS 

AmaZulu FC v Orlando Pirates FC

Stellenbosch FC v SuperSport United

University of Pretoria v Mamelodi Sundowns FC

TS Galaxy FC v Chippa United

The Premier Soccer League has announced the details for the Nedbank Cup round of 32 matches. This includes dates, venues, and kick-off times for the 2023/24 season.

The competition will commence on Tuesday, 20 February 2024. The last 32 stage will be played over six days, concluding with the last fixture on Sunday, 25 February 2024.

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The opening clash on Tuesday evening will see Nedbank Cup debutants, NB La Masia, hosting Mamelodi Sundowns at Dobsonville Stadium. Simultaneously, SuperSport United will entertain Cape Town City at Lucas Moripe Stadium. Both matches are scheduled to kick-off at 19h00.

Nedbank Cup's last 32 details revealed
Nedbank Cup Trophy

Wednesday night, 21 February 2024, will also feature two fixtures in the Gauteng Province. In Johannesburg, Highlands Park will face Sekhukhune United, while the University of Pretoria and Cape Town Spurs will engage in a showdown in Tshwane.

AmaZulu FC and Royal AM will lock horns in the much-anticipated KZN Derby at King Zwelithini stadium on Thursday, 22 February 2024. Kick-off is at 19h00.

Two days later, on Friday, Lamontville Golden Arrows and TS Galaxy FC will clash at Mpumalanga Stadium, and Stellenbosch FC will host Pretoria Callies at Danie Craven Stadium. Both fixtures will kick-off at 19h00.

MORE NEDBANK CUP LAST 32 DETAILS REVEALED

A total of nine fixtures will unfold nationwide over the weekend, concluding the round of 32 stage. Notable highlights include the all-SAFA divisions matchups, featuring FC Ravens against Spain FC on Saturday, 24 February 2024, and D’ General versus Madridtas FC on Sunday, 25 February 2024.

Tickets for all round of 32 fixtures will be available at Ticketpro outlets countrywide for R40 each. The PSL will provide further information on ticket availability.

Sekhukhune United coach Brandon Truter was furious at the decision to award Orlando Pirates a controversial penalty against his side during the Nedbank Cup Final in Pretoria on Saturday.

After Sibusiso Vilakazi‘s opener, Tapelo Xoki equalized through a contentious penalty just a minute before half-time. Babina Noko eventually lost 2-1 to the Buccaneers at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium.

Truter angrily remonstrated with fourth official Skhumbozo Gasa on the touchline, waving his hinds in the air as he clearly believed his team was robbed.

BRANDON TRUTER REFUSES TO COMMENT ORLANDO PIRATES CONTROVERSIAL PENALTY

Nonetheless, Truter refused to condemn the officials after the game. Instead, he congratulated Pirates for lifting the 2023 Nedbank Cup title.

“No, no comment, No comment on that,” Truter told the media after the match.

Brandon Truter refuses to discuss controversial Orlando Pirates Nedbank Cup penalty
Orlando Pirates crowned Nedbank Cup Champions

“I think there was an Extra-Time episode two weeks ago with Ace (Ncobo) and also Victor (Hlungwani) addressing an incident like that.

“So, If I go into talks now they will say I am sounding bitter, and I don’t want to go there, so congratulations to Pirates.”

SEKHUKHUNE UNITED TO PLAY CAF FOOTBALL NEXT SEASON

However, despite losing the Nedbank Cup finals, Sekhukhune United will participate in the CAF Confederations Cup next season.

This comes after Pirates already secured the CAF Champions League spot as they finished second in the DStv Premiership. And that means the Limpopo side have automatically qualified as the Nedbank runners-up.

 By Clifton Mabasa

Retired PSL referee Victor Hlungwani has given his verdict on the controversial Orlando Pirates’ Nedbank Cup final penalty kick. Sekhukhune forward Victor Letsoalo was judged to have handled the handball inside the 18-area leading to a Pirates equaliser.

And as a result, with Sekhukhune leading by a goal to nil following Sibusiso Vilakazi’s opener in the 12th minute. The match-day referee, Thando Ndzandzeka pointed to the penalty spot—claiming that Letsoalo had seemingly touched the ball.

Buccaneers star Thembinkosi Lorch had deliberately kicked the ball towards a feeble Letsoalo having in mind to hit his hands after he had collided with Terrence Dzvukamanja in the box.

And former Premiership official Hlungwani who officiated in the division between 1992 and 2022, put it clear that the penalty was rightly given.

CONTROVERSIAL PENALTY IN THE NEDBANK CUP FINAL

Speaking to LimSportsZone immediately after the match, Hlungwani insisted that Ndzandzeka was extremely right to award the Buccaneers a penalty as per the National Soccer League Handbook rules.

Retired referee gives his verdict on controversial Orlando Pirates Nedbank Cup final penalty
Orlando Pirates win Nedbank Cup

“If a player deliberately touches the ball with their arm or hands, the law says it’s an offence. So now you saw the hands moving towards the ball, that’s number one. Number two, the ball made contact with the fingertips. So, a handball offence has been committed, that is law, It’s not me, it’s the law,” Hlungwani said.

ORLANDO PIRATES GOAL LEGITIMATE

“A handball offence has been committed, and the correct penalty decision was taken, it was a good decision. Whether the player is lying down or he is up, what we check is did the hands move towards the ball. So if the hands do not move towards the ball, no offence. But if they move towards the ball, it’s deliberately a hands ball.

“We don’t work with assumptions. The assisted referee saw the fingertips, he raised the flag to tell the referee and when we looked at the slow motion. We saw the fingertips and the conclusion was a good decision by the referee.”

Orlando Pirates FC head coach Jose Riveiro has thanked the club’s fans for their support following the Nedbank Cup final win on Saturday. Pirates grabbed their second trophy of the season with a victory over Sekhukhune United. 

The Spanish tactician joined the Buccaneers in 2022 and already brought the MTN8 and Nedbank Cup. A second-place finish in the DStv Premiership also meant they qualify for the CAF Champions League. 

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On their road to the final of this competition, Pirates defeated Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 in the semifinal at FNB Stadium. Sandile Mthethwa scored the winning goal for the Buccaneers in the last minutes during the Extra-Time of that match.

Terrence Dzvukamanja and Tapelo Xoki scored for Pirates while Sibusiso Vilakazi scored for Babina Noko. 

Nedbank Cup final win as Jose Riveiro thanks Orlando Pirates fans
Orlando Pirates head coach Jose Riveiro

PIRATES COACH JOSE RIVEIRO HAILS FAINS

The 47-year-old has also hailed the teamwork amongst the technical team and other staff members. 

“I will always emphasize this here. It’s going to help us to be what we want in the future. Thank you to my players one more time, and thank you to the coaching staff.”

HOPING FOR MORE CROWD AT ORLANDO STADIUM 

“Well, we always play at home when we play at Orlando [Stadium]. I would like to see more people there to be honest,” said Riveiro. 

“But when we go away it’s something amazing, it is something that we’ll never forget. Yes, it’s nice to win but we need to feel that we are playing for somebody, but in our case we are talking about thousands and millions.

“So, thank you, thank you,” he concluded. The Buccaneers are the only club with more [two] trophies in the PSL season. Riveiro has also been nomination for the DStv Premiership coach of the season alongside Rulani Mokwena and Gavin Hunt of SuperSport United.

By Banele Hlakanyana

Orlando Pirates should brace for a fight when they face rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the Nedbank Cup semifinal, according to Sifiso Hlanti.

The two Soweto giants meet in the long-awaited clash at FNB Stadium on Saturday at 15:00. A win for both PSL giants will present an opportunity to finally get their hands on the Nedbank Cup trophy after so many years.

Speaking to the media on Wednesday, the left back insists they remain positive, despite the huge task ahead.

“We should try and redeem ourselves. At the end of the day we don’t need to put ourselves under pressure unnecessarily,” he said.

KAIZER CHIEFS BRACE FOR A ORLANDO PIRATES FIGHT

“We need to look at things in a positive manner and the attitude as well. We know that playing against Pirates is always a fight and it’s a special occasion.

Kaizer Chiefs defender Sifiso Hlanti vows to give Orlando Pirates a fight in Nedbank Cup semifinal
Kaizer Chiefs players celebrate

“Not only for us as players but for everyone in the country. We are looking forward to making things up and knowing very well that they also have a plan, we also have a plan. It’s going to be an exciting event with high intensity as well. But we are positive.”

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Kaizer Chiefs have found themselves conceding some silly goals of late and the 33-year-old admits it’s something they need to work on.

“I won’t say it’s a working factor. This is a game of mistakes in which we should try and avoid such things which are true. All in all it’s a team effort and teamwork.

SIFISO HLANTI WANTS AMAKHOSI TO RECTFY MISTAKES

“We make mistakes in the game and we try to rectify those kinds of mistakes which at the end of the day we need to soilder on,” he added.

“We know very well that it’s not a great feeling conceding silly goals but we are working on that and we hope that things will come the way we want.”

By Khotso Ramalwatsa

The PSL on Tuesday announced the venue for the Nedbank Cup final. The tournament is in its semifinals stage with Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs, Sekhukhune United and Stellenbosch still in contention. PSL has also now announced that the Final will be played at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Tshwane on Saturday, 27 May 2023.

PSL THRILLED WITH CHOICE OF THE STADIUM

“The Loftus Versfeld Stadium has a rich history in South African sports. We are thrilled to host this season’s Nedbank Cup final at this world-class venue,” said PSL acting Chief Executive Officer Mato Madlala.

“The 16th edition of the Nedbank Cup has been filled with lots of entertainment and excitement for football spectators. We expect much of the same for the remainder of the tournament.

PSL announce Nedbank Cup final venue
Limpopo side Sekhukhune United are in the Nedbank Cup semifinals

“We have no doubt that together with our partners Nedbank, we will deliver a successful event on the 27th of May 2023. The League would also like to thank the Gauteng Provincial Government for coming on board. Providing logistical support for the hosting of this final.”

NEDBANK CUP FINAL VENUE ANNOUNCED

Khensani Nobanda, Group Executive of Marketing and Corporate Affairs at Nedbank says: “We’re very excited that the Nedbank Cup final will be hosted in the Capital City. The final has also travelled throughout South Africa. Loftus Versfeld Stadium marks the 9th FIFA World Cup 2010 stadium that will host the final.

“Together with our partners, the PSL, we also look forward to delivering a fun-filled matchday with tremendous fanfare and entertainment. We encourage families, football fans, music- and entertainment lovers to buy their tickets early to avoid disappointment. This Nedbank Cup final promises to be one for the books.”

Ticket information and other important details such as entertainment and matchday activities will be communicated in due course.

The dates, venues, and times of this season’s Nedbank Cup semifinals have been confirmed, following the weekend’s action in the quarter-finals. It will be one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Sekhukhune United or Stellenbosch FC taking home the prize.

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In a very much anticipated clash, 13 times winners Amakhosi will host the Buccaneers in the Soweto Derby in the first semi-final on Saturday, 06 May 2023.

That game is set for 15h00 and, as is customary, it will be played at FNB Stadium. The second semi-final will be between Stellenbosch and Sekhukhune United and will take place at the Danie Craven Stadium on Sunday, 07 May.

Nedbank Cup semifinal dates and venues confirmed
Nedbank Cup semifinal dates and venues confirmed

DATES AND VENUES FULL DETAILS:

Sat, 6 May

Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates

FNB Stadium

15h00

Sun, 7 May

Stellenbosch FC vs Sekhukhune United

Danie Craven Stadium

18h00

Kaizer Chiefs have been drawn against Orlando Pirates in the semifinal of the 2023 Nedbank Cup. The semifinal will be played on the weekend of 6 and 7 May 2023.

The draw was conducted at Chatsworth Stadium soon after the quarterfinal match between Chiefs and Royal AM. Amakhosi won 2-1 after extra time with goals by Yusuf Maart [penalty] and also an own goal by Thabo Matlaba.

Kaizer Chiefs have been drawn against Orlando Pirates in the semifinal of the 2023 Nedbank Cup.
Kaizer Chiefs have been drawn against Orlando Pirates in the semifinal of the 2023 Nedbank Cup

Sekhukhune United advanced to the semifinals after a 2-1 win against Chippa United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday. Elias Mokwana and Chibuike Ohizu scored for Babina Noko while Etiosa Ighodaro found the back of the net for the hosts.

FIRST EVER SEMIFINAL FOR STELLENBOSCH   

Stellenbosch on the other hand beat defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns at Athlone Stadium on Saturday. It was probably the shock of the quarterfinals stage which also saw the Stellies secure a first ever semifinal spot in their history. Iqraam Rayners scored a brace for the hosts, his sixth of the competition. It was also goal number 13 in all competitions for the 27-year-old.

On Saturday, Orlando Pirates had to find it hard to secure a 5-4 win on penalties against minnows Dondol Stars. The match had ended 1-1 after extra time.

NEDBANK CUP SEMIFINAL DRAW 

Kaizer Chiefs v Orlando Pirates

Stellenbosch FC v Sekhukhune United