Nedbank and the Premier Soccer League (PSL) conducted the draw for the 2023 Nedbank Cup last 32 round on Thursday evening.

The draw saw some exciting fixtures in what promises to be an entertaining Nedbank Cup this season.

“We are excited to kick off the 16th edition of the Nedbank Cup, a great feature on the South African knockout football calendar,” says Khensani Nobanda, Group Executive of Marketing and Communications at Nedbank.

EXCITING TIMES FOR SA BIIGEST KNOCKOUT COMPETITION

“The 2023 season provides yet another opportunity for amateur teams to compete with the best in local football and showcase their talent. As Nedbank, our aim is to continue supporting the growth and development of local football.

“To show our commitment, in collaboration with the 2023 Nedbank Cup winners, we will install our eighth multipurpose sport court in a school and community where the winning club is based. Our goal for the sport court is to help develop skills and provide a facility that encourages more participation in football and other sports,” she said.

Thato Moeng and Khensani Nobanda
Thato Moeng and Khensani Nobanda

“We’d like to thank our longstanding partner, the PSL, for their support and efforts in successfully launching the 2023 season. Best of luck to all the teams participating this year.”

The competition has entered its 16th edition after a successful partnership between Nedbank and the PSL.

“The Nedbank Cup is known for its inspiring stories and giving a platform for raw talent to flourish, and as the PSL, we are excited about what is in store this season,” said PSL Acting CEO, Mato Madlala.

“We would like to thank Nedbank for their continued support which has helped us grow and improve the beautiful game over the past 16 years. We are thrilled to welcome the eight clubs from the SAFA divisions who will have a wonderful opportunity to compete against the 24 clubs from the professional ranks,” she added.

Nedbank Cup trophy
Nedbank Cup trophy

NEDBANK CUP ROUND OF 32 DRAW:

SuperSport United v Dondol Stars FC

Golden Arrows v Pretoria Callies

Marumo Gallants v Magesi FC

FC Blackcross v Venda Football Academy

Mamelodi Sundowns v Richards Bay FC

Cape Town Spurs v Baroka FC

 TS Galaxy v Amavarara FC

Sekhukhune United v Liver Brothers

Stellenbosch FC v Swallows FC

Mpheni Home Defenders v Clarewood FC

Mkhambathi FC v Casric Stars

Cape Town City v Royal AM

Maritzburg United v Kaizer Chiefs

All Stars FC v Orlando Pirates

Polokwane City v Chippa United

AmaZulu FC v Tornado FC

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Arthur Zwane says the club will sign any player available during the current transfer window period, as long as they add value.

Chiefs have been linked with a few players in the Premier Soccer League, including Bafana Bafana midfielder Pule Mmodi. Mmodi is currently a Golden Arrows player but his club has indicated he is available provided there is a right offer.

There have also been a few trialists at Kaizer Chiefs but the club is yet to confirm any signing.

New signing Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana has also proved to be useful upfront with seven league goals so far. When asked if there were players that the club has earmarked, Zwane said the club is forever searching.

Arthur Zwane giving instructions
Arthur Zwane giving instructions

“We are forever looking for good players,” he told the media on Thursday.

“As a club, we want to win silverware, we want to compete. If we get good players we will definitely go for them.

ON THE KAIZER CHIEFS SCOUTING DEPARTMENT

“We have a team that is doing that job behind the scenes. They have done quite well so far and that is why it is key for us to thoroughly profile the players before they get here.”

“Also have a closer look at them in terms of action and from there we will come up with a decision and that is the approach we have decided to take as a club,” added Zwane.

ON THE DEPARTMENT THEY WANT TO BEEF UP

“As I said, any good player that can come and add value. Regardless of the position, any good player, we will fo for him.”

Kaizer Chiefs recently lost midfielder Njabulo Blom who has moved to Major League Soccer club St Louis City. DStv Diski Challenge product Samkelo Zwane has fitted in like a glove in Blom’s absence.

Long serving Premier Soccer League (PSL) Marketing and Broadcasting specialist advisor Peter ‘Squire’ Mancer has died. The Premier Soccer League announced Peter ‘Squire’ Mancer’s death in a statement on Monday.

Mancer was amongst the founding administrators of the PSL in its inception in the 1996/97 season. He is credited with many of the league’s marketing initiatives over the years.

Mancer was amongst the negotiators of the sponsorship and television rights deals of the 2000s that saw the PSL become worth hundreds of millions of rand.

PETER ‘SQUIRE’ MANCER REMEMBERED 

“We express our sincere condolences to the Mancer family. Your loss is indeed our loss,” said PSL Chairman, Dr Irvin Khoza.

“Together with you, we will miss the gentle giant- Mancer the dancer. When I think about Squire, I think of pedigree, he was one of a kind. Dependable, tenacious, abundance of energy. His word was bankable.” Said Dr Khoza.

Peter Mancer
Peter Mancer

Some of his colleagues have paid their respect to ‘Squire’ describing him as genuine, trustworthy and dependable.

Football administrator Derek Blanckensee says Mancer was more than just a colleague.

“Peter “Squire” Mancer was much more than a colleague. He was one of the most genuine, trustworthy, dependable friends I have ever known.

“Whether it was when my family got held up at home, or when I had trouble at work, he really, truly, honestly cared from his heart #RIPSquire,” said Blanckensee in a tweet.

The Mancer family will announce funeral arrangements in due course