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 and MultiChoice have announced the return of the highly successful PSL Player Transition Programme. Building on the achievements of the pilot initiative in 2022, this year’s programme takes a bold step forward by including not only seasoned players aged between 28 and 35 but also new talents who are embarking on their soccer journey.

The PSL Player Transition Programme remains dedicated to equipping and empowering players with the knowledge and skills essential for a successful transition beyond their playing careers.

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Set to kick off in January 2024 until June 2024. The programme continues to be a beacon of support, preparing players for a fulfilling life after professional sports and empowering them to leave a lasting career.

Dr. Irvin Khoza, PSL Chairman, states, “As we unveil the second season of the Player Transition Programme, we affirm our unwavering commitment to the holistic development of football talent. Beyond the pitch, our dedication extends to nurturing both seasoned campaigners and new promising talent. This initiative stands as a testament to PSL’s enduring commitment, together with its good corporate citizen partner, MultiChoice.”

THE PSL PLAYER TRANSITION PROGRAMME IS BACK 

The Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) reprises its role as the educational partner, responsible for developing an online educational platform, tutoring, and refining the framework for participant onboarding and training. The virtual programme, skilfully managed by GIBS, adapts to the rigorous training and competition schedules of the players. It comprises four core modules—business fundamentals, information technology, financial management, and leadership—ensuring a comprehensive educational experience.

Participants will also have the opportunity to choose two electives from an array of options, including Coach Education, Project Management, Facility Management, Business Innovation, Media Officers, Social Entrepreneurship, Merchandise Management, and Event Management.

The player transition programme deepens MultiChoice’s commitment to local football through our partnership with the PSL. It is also in keeping with the company’s motto of enriching lives, as through this partnership, we are empowering players in a manner that will see them continue being successful well after their playing careers come to an end.

As we embark on this second season of the Player Transition Programme, we eagerly anticipate the positive impact it will have on the lives of both seasoned players and those new to the game. The collaboration between the PSL and MultiChoice remains a testament to the enduring commitment to the enrichment and empowerment of football players in our community.

The Premier Soccer League has confirmed the prize money, dates, venues and kick-off times for the upcoming Carling Knockout tournament.

The Carling Knockout which features all 16 Premier Division clubs, will kick-off on Wednesday, 18 October 2023. TS Galaxy and Mamelodi Sundowns open the proceedings at Mbombela Stadium.

CARLING KNOCKOUT PRIZE MONEY 

The Premier Soccer League has confirmed the prize money, dates, venues and kick-off times for the upcoming Carling Knockout tournament.
Carling knockout list

FIXTURES 

Wednesday, 18 October

TS Galaxy v Mamelodi Sundowns

Mbombela

19:30

Friday, 20 October

Orlando Pirates v Cape Town Spurs

Orlando Stadium 

19:30

Saturday, 21 October

Golden Arrows v Cape Town City

Mpumalanga Stadium

15:00

Chippa United v Stellenbosch

Nelson Mandela Bay

15:00

Kaizer Chiefs v AmaZulu FC

FNB Stadium

18:00

Sekhukhune United v Royal AM

New Peter Mokaba Stadium

20:15

Sunday, 22 October

Richards Bay v Moroka Swallows

King Zwelithini

15:00

SuperSport United v Polokwane City

TUT Stadium

18:00

Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos has commented on some of the players he selected for the national team but couldn’t make it to his camp due to injuries and other reasons.

Bross has indicated that they had a similar situation with players being unavailable despite being selected to represent the country.

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The Belgian-born believes there’s a need for better communication between PSL clubs and the national team.

“Unfortunately, this camp is disturbed again by injuries like last month. We have [Bathusi] Aubaas, [Thapelo] Morena, [Thapelo] Maseko… Maseko is something different, it’s the second time we have that surprise that he’s injured and suddenly he plays,” Broos said at the HPC today.

“It was last month with Mudau, this month, Maseko. I think we need better communication between the national team and clubs so we really know how much the players are injured and if he’s not ready to come with the national team.

HUGO BROOS CONCERNED AS PLAYERS WITHDRAW FROM BAFANA CAMP

Percy Tau is another who has withdrawn from the camp due to family reasons. Al Ahly star has been replaced by Mduduzi Mdantsane. However,  Broos claims he is not satisfied with Tau’s decision because played for his team recently after asking to be withdrawn from the national team.

“Then there’s the case of Percy Tau, we had contact last week, [and] for family reasons he [excused himself], and I understood it but on the other side, I’m really not amused that he played yesterday with Al Ahly.

“So, I think clubs need to understand that in very important periods they want their players. But it’s the same case for me, for us as a national team. We’re in a very important period, we’re preparing for qualifiers next month and AFCON in January.

“So, I hope a little bit more collaboration from [clubs] would be welcome. It means our goal is not achieved, that we have nearly the same squad that won against Morocco and build on that selection to have a very good team going into qualifiers and AFCON.”

Mmonnapule Saleng is the latest player to be withdrawn from the squad due to illness. The Bucs player has been replaced by Cape Town City striker Khanyisa Mayo.

South Africa will host Eswatini on Friday evening at FNB Stadium. They will visit Ivory Coast next week at Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny.

By Katleho Hlalele

AmaZulu FC have confirmed the signing of former Orlando Pirates midfielder, Ben Motshwari for the remainder of the season. They also have an option to renew at the end of the season.

Motshwari spent the past five seasons at the Buccaneers but seems to have fallen out of favour with coach Jose Riveiro.

AMAZULU FC SECURE THE SIGNATURE OF BEN MOTSHWARI

AmaZulu president, Sandile Zungu has also confirmed the arrival of the 32-year-old into the team.

“We welcome Ben into the team and trust that he will settle in well and make a good contribution in Pablo Franco’s side,” said Zungu.

He also went on to rubbish media rumours that Namibian left back Riaan Hanamub was a wanted target by certain PSL clubs.

“The rumours about Hanamub are malicious. We have not been approached by any club regarding his services. He is not for sale,” he said.

Ben Motshwari joins AmaZulu FC from Orlando Pirates
Ben Motshwari and Monnapule Saleng

ORLANDO PIRATES BID FAREWELL TO VETERAN MIDFIELDER   

Meanwhile, Pirates have also issued a statement bidding farewell to Motswari. “Today, we bid farewell to Ben Motshwai. Ben’s journey with us has come to an end as he embarks on a new chapter,” the club said.

“In the world of football, where finesse and technique often take centre stage, there emerges an occasional warrior whose grit, determination, and bulldog approach define their legacy more than any flashy skill.

“Ben Motshwari is one of those players who embodies the spirit of a true football gladiator. Much like the legendary Gennaro Gattuso, Motshwari’s approach to the game was defined by heart and tenacity,” they said. “Every time he stepped onto the pitch, he gave his all for that Orlando Pirates jersey.

With over 130 appearances for the club, the 32-year-old has left his mark. Motshwari’s journey with us has also been marked by highs and lows. But through it all, his commitment to the team has never wavered,” the statement continued.

“On behalf of the Orlando Pirates family, we want to express our deepest gratitude to Motshwari for his unwavering commitment and dedication.”

By Khotso Ramalatswa 

Kaizer Chiefs longest serving player Itumeleng Khune says he is not ready to retire without winning one last trophy. The former Bafana Bafana number one is expected to hang up his gloves at the end of the season.

Khune has been handed a new contract which will see him play for one final season for Kaizer Chiefs, bringing to an end a career spanning two decades.

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The club captain hasn’t made any official appearance in the PSL this season but played in a friendly match against Young Africans.

He holds the record for featuring in the most number of successive seasons as a Kaizer Chiefs player in the PSL era since his first debut in 2007, and he is the most successful Kaizer Chiefs player in the current squad.  

“One more trophy was delivered to the chairman [Dr Kaizer Motaung] office. I think that will make me the happiest player in the whole world,” Khune told Gagasi FM.

Kaizer Chiefs longest serving player Itumeleng Khune says he is not ready to retire without winning one last trophy.
Itumeleng Khune

“For the past eight years, it’s been hurting that what we are used to, which is winning trophies, hasn’t happened.”

ONE WISH BEFORE KAIZER CHIEFS NUMBER ONE ITUMELENG KHUNE RETIRE 

After his contract extension in June 2023, Amakhosi indicated that Khune would be involved in training and preparations for matches. But he will also use this year to broaden his technical acumen, as he transitions into a new coaching and ambassadorial role working with the marketing division of the club. 

The last time Kaizer Chiefs lifted silverware was back in 2015 under Stuart Baxter. 

“But like I’m saying, I’m not ready to retire. If I had to win or lead the team to win that one silverware this season. I think I might call it quits and give the responsibility to Brandon [Petersen], Bruce Bvuma, and Bontle Molefe.”

Kaizer Chiefs will be back in action when they host Royal AM at FNB Stadium on Saturday at 17:30.

By Katleho Hlalele

DStv Premiership log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns and their captain Themba Zwane have finally been fined by the PSL Disciplinary Committee. This is due to the incident that took place at their MTN8 match against Moroka Swallows.

Zwane received a yellow card for time-wasting after stepping out of their center circle to greet the yellow nation in spite of the referee had blown his whistle to start the match.

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On Thursday, the PSL prosecutor Zola Majavu claimed that Zwane and his team pleaded guilty and were penalized with an overall amount of R70 000 but half of it is suspended.

“I confirm that early this morning Mr. Themba Zwane of Mamelodi Sundowns football club as well as his employer Mamelodi Sundowns appeared before the PSL DC to answer to charges of misconduct,” says Majavu.

Themba Zwane and Mamelodi Sundowns fined by PSL for misconduct
Mamelodi Sundowns

“Having been duly charged by myself as a prosecutor arising from an incident in the MTN Cup competition. Mr. Zwane and some of his fellow players delayed the kickoff of the match by approximately three minutes.

“This is in instances where the referee signaled the start of the match. He particularly went to the center circle and joined his colleagues to greet their fans.

MAMELODI SUNDOWNS AND THEMBA ZWANE FINED BY THE PSL

That type of conduct is a violation of the league’s prescripts; hence it constitutes misconduct. Having been duly charged they appeared before the DC this morning at which point, they both pleaded guilty as charged.

The league DC accepted the guilty plea and having listened to the address in aggravation by myself as a prosecutor and also by addressing mitigation by the legal representatives of the respondents. In our absence, the PSL DC deliberated over the matter and returned with the following ruling:

“One with regard to Mr. Zwane, he was fined a monetary amount of R20 000, half of which is suspended for a period of 12 months on condition that during the period of suspension, he’s not found guilty of the same offense again.

“With regard to his employer Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club, they were fined a monetary fine of R50 000. Half of which he suspended on the same terms. Effectively between Mr. Zwane and Mamelodi Sundowns, they have to pay a cumulative amount of R35 000.”

The match between Sundowns and Swallows ended with 1-0 to Sundowns from a goal that was scored by Themba Zwane in the second half. Sundowns will face Chiefs in the semi-finals of the tournament.

Furthermore, Sundowns have further been directed to send a written apology to the league and the sponsors.

By Katleho Hlalele

Sekhukhune United have announced a new partnership with Italian technical kit provider Macron. The three-year partnership comes days before the start of the 2023/24 PSL season.

The club also unveiled their new kit which will debut against Mamelodi Sundowns on Friday, 4 August. Babina Noko will take on the defending DStv Premiership champions at New Peter Mokaba Stadium at 19:30.

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“The home and away kit gives a strong nod to a Club which is always respectful of its tradition. Reimagining the porcupine at the back and front of the jersey,” the club said in a statement.

“‘Noko’, the porcupine, represents the cultural identity that resonates with the roots of this Club.”

“We are delighted to formally announce our new Technical Kit partner and Supplier Macron,” said the Chairman of the club Simon Malatji.

Sekhukhune United announces new sponsor, new kit
Sekhukhune United new kit

NEW KIT PARTNERSHIP FOR SEKHUKHUNE UNITED

Macron is also a sponsor for international brands such as Crystal Palace, Armenia Bielefeld and Real Sociedad amongst others.

“Being one of the official sponsors of UEFA and many top clubs in the EPL, La Liga, Serie A league and many more, Macron has been eager to find a club in SA that has the same drive and values as us, and we have found it in Sekhukhune FC! We are very excited about this partnership. The team has shown over the last few seasons that they mean business. We are excited to see the fan’s reaction to the new jersey and we want the fans to get behind the team! We wish Sekhukhune United FC all the best for the season,” said Macron Sports Hub CEO, Rassie Pieterse.

The On-sale date will also be confirmed in due course.

DStv celebrated the fourth year of its sponsorship of the South African Premiership on Wednesday with a launch of an exciting new fan campaign for the eagerly anticipated 2023/24 season.

In collaboration with the Premier Soccer League, DStv announced an exhilarating AmaFanDayz campaign. This is where football will meet entertainment, and the fans meet the DStv stars. 

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The campaign focuses on rewarding DStv Premiership fans for supporting their teams and being loyal DStv customers.

“Fans remain the lifeblood of football. For our partnership with the PSL to remain impactful, we’re excited to be bringing fan innovation to the biggest league on the continent,” said Chief Executive Officer at Multichoice South Africa Marc Jury. 

“We have seen how the game comes alive when stadiums are packed. When fans banter about players or go to great lengths to show up for their favourite teams. 

“Owing to this unwavering support, this season, through our exciting AmaFanDayz campain. DStv will be rewarding fans for their loyal support in cash,” he said. 

“At select AmaFanDayz matches, fans will be able to enter our halftime competition to stand a chance to win their share of R3 million.”

PSL AND MAIN SPONSOR DSTV INTRODUCES AMAFANDAYZ

To enter the competition, fans must come to selected AmaFanDayz matches, visit the DStv activation zone inside the stadium and sign up with DStv promoters to stand a chance to win.

During the first half, a random draw will be conducted to determine the lucky fans who will participate in the penalty kick competition against a DStv star in goals at halftime. The successful penalty kick winner will be crowned Fan of the Match and walk away with R100 000. If the fan is a DStv Compact subscriber or higher, the prize money will be doubled to R200 000.

Throughout the season, passionate local football supporters are encouraged to celebrate the wins, spectacular goals, and energy in stadiums across the country through the AmaFanDayz campaign.

Meanwhile, Dstv will be launching a new platform called DStv Stream on the 1st of August. A refreshed standalone internet consumption viewing of DStv’s content.

It doesn’t matter where they are, customers will be able to sign up online and stream a live match all in less than 5 minutes. And also for select games, they’ll be able to watch the game in a language of their choice. Stream DStv Premiership anywhere.

The 2023/24 DStv Premiership season, which will see the 16 DStv Premiership clubs battling it out for the sought-after R15 million winners’ cheque and glittering trophy come May next year, will kick-off on Friday, 4th August when defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns make the short trip up north to play Sekhukhune United at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Press Release

DStv Premiership side Moroka Swallows have announced a new technical sponsor ahead of the new campaign.

The Dube Birds have partnered with local brand Drip Footwear that’s owned by Limpopo-born Lekau Sehoano who established the brand back in 2003.

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Swallows has stated the relationship between the and DRIP as part of the rebirth.

“Both brands are going through a rebirth and as a result, this partnership was a no-brainer,” said Swallows in a statement.

“It is the merging of two brands and the beginning of a great story for local football and sportswear brands.”

The deal will see the recognised sneaker brand supplying the Dube Birds with sneakers requirements.

DRIP NEW TECHNICAL SPONSOR FOR MOROKA SWALLOWS

Furthermore, Swallows are the second club in PSL’s top division to be sponsored by Drip after Sekhukhune United who partnered with the brand in March 2022.

However, it is unknown how long the partnership will take between the sneaker brand and Moroka Swallows.

Meanwhile, Moroka Swallows have also beefed up their technical team with performance analyst Yu-sha Said. He will be working closely with Steve Komphela ahead of the new season.

Moroka Swallows announce a technical sponsor
Yu-sha Said

Said addition to the Dube Birds comes with a lot of experience after working at Egyptian giants Al Ahly under Pitso Mosimane and Orlando Pirates. He announced his new role on social media together with a picture at Swallows training ground.

“As long as you have the compass and you know the right direction, it doesn’t matter how big or small the step, keep going,” read his statement on Twitter quoting Steve Komphela.

Previously, he won CAF Champions League, Super Cup and finished third place during the club world cup with Al Ahly. The club is expected to announce more signings.

By Katleho Hlalele