A battle to the death

Aubrey Ngoma of Cape Town City celebrates with Lebogang Manyama after scoring a goal during the Telkom Knockout Final match between SuperSport United and Cape Town City FC at Peter Mokaba Stadium. on December 10, 2016 in Polokwane, South Africa. (Photo by Philip Maeta/Gallo Images)Aubrey Ngoma of Cape Town City celebrates with Lebogang Manyama after scoring a goal during the Telkom Knockout Final match between SuperSport United and Cape Town City FC at Peter Mokaba Stadium. on December 10, 2016 in Polokwane, South Africa. (Photo by Philip Maeta/Gallo Images)

The reincarnation of the biblical storyline is expected to play out again, as the determined David, Acornbush, and the large Goliath, Cape Town City, meet at KaBokweni Stadium this afternoon.

This much-anticipated Nedbank Cup last-32 encounter will kick-off at 15:00.

This fixture is a true indication of what has made the Nedbank Cup special in its 10 years of existence.

The competition gives lower-league and amateur teams a chance to compete against clubs from the top league.
The question is, will the lesser-known Acornbush, which campaigns in the third tier of the country’s football, the ABC Motsepe League, bring the Goliath of City down to their knees?.

Veteran striker, Madoda “Mbesuma” Motha, of Acornbush United was contracted to Mpumalanga Black Aces before they sold their franchise.

One of Acornbush’s senior players, Madoda “Mbesuma” Motha, believes that his side are ready to upset their more illustrious opponents.
“The pressure will be on City. We are a closed book to them, while we know them very well. Our advantage is that we will be playing at our home ground, in front of our own fans and familiar conditions,” said the former Mpumalanga Black Aces, Jomo Cosmos, and Free State Stars bulky striker.

Ironically, the very same City he will be facing is the one which left Mpumalanga fans without a team in top-flight football, after the Morfou brothers sold the franchise to John Committis, who relocated to Cape Town and renamed them.
And since the season started, City, under the tutelage of Roger De Sa, are having a fairytale season, as they have already won the Telkom Knockout Cup. They currently lead the Premier Soccer League standings in their maiden season in top-flight football.

Eric Tinkler, coach of Cape Town City will be expecting his side to beat minnows, Acornbush United when they meet in the Nedbank Cup last-32.

They have also became the first side in the PSL this season to do the league double over feared reigning African champions, Mamelodi Sundowns.

“The Citizens”, as City are known, carved out a 1-0 victory at the Athlone Stadium last Friday.
Another player that Acornbush will have to draw on is Mlungisi “Mlungu” Nkosi, who is on loan from Mbombela United.
Nkosi already has a special place in cup history, having scored for his former club (Mbombela) in their epic 4-3 defeat at the hands of Moroka Swallows in 2014.

Ticket prices start from R40 for adults and R15 for children under the age of 12.

They are only available at stores under Edcon Group that are selling Ticketpro; CNA, PostNet, Edgars and Jet.

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Richard Nkosi

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