Nedbank, Ajax go into unknown

​Ajax Cape Town will target progression into the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup when they face Kwadukuza United at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium. The match is scheduled for Saturday, 11 March 2017, kick-off at 15h00.

Ajax are former champions of the Nedbank Cup, having claimed the title a decade ago (2007) when they famously defeated Mamelodi Sundowns in the final. They were also runners-up in the 2015 edition, losing on penalties to the same Brazilians side.

Last season the Urban Warriors fell out of the Nedbank Cup in the first round, suffering a 2-1 loss at home to Free State Stars. Coach Stanley Menzo and his team will be looking to go much deeper into the tournament in 2017.

Their opponents are ABC Motsepe League side Kwadukuza United, based out of the North Coast in KwaZulu-Natal. They were formed when local businessman Sanele Zondi bought the franchise of Natal United and relocated them from Msinga to Kwadukuza.

United boast former PSL goalkeeper Mandla Tswenga, ex-AmaZulu striker Siyabonga Thwala and an experienced coach in the shape of Thami Ngubane, meaning they are not to be underestimated.

When they were still known as Natal United, the club famously knocked Chippa United out of the last 32 of the Nedbank Cup in 2015, defeating the Chilli Boys on penalties. They went on to lose to Golden Arrows in the next round.


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