Wednesday, 7 February
Amazulu kicked off matters on Wednesday, 7 February against Mthatha Bucks at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi. The official 90 minutes, and extra time ended at 2-2, and went on to penalties, and uSuthu clinched the game with an easy 3-0 score in the penalty round. All three Mthatha Bucks players taking the penalties players failed to net a single goal – a lesson in set piece kicking is probably in order for all three, which include Mpho Erasmus, Samkelo Ndeltyana and Linda Bhengu.
Also on Wednesday, second tier side Ubuntu Cape Town faced Polokwane City at Athlone Stadium in Cape Town. The National First Division side gave Polokwane City a footballing lesson that resulted in a 2-2 score after 90 minutes, and a further lesson in persistence, which saw midfielder, Siyambonga Madikane score the winning goal in the 115th minute. Ubuntu Cape Town won the game 3-2.
Cape Town City also clinched a seemingly easy 1-0 victory against Bidvest Wits at Bidvest Stadium. The game was characterised by a lot of indiscipline, a total of 5 yellow cards were dished out. Benni Mcarthy’s side will need a lot more dynamism in the last 32 of the Nedbank Cup, the approach of score and defend may not work as well in the serious end of the competition. Zimbabwe-born striker, Mathew Rusike scored the only single goal of the game in the second minute.
Friday, 9 February
On Friday, 9 February, Cape Town All Stars hosted Mamelodi Sundowns at Athlone Stadium in Cape Town. Mamelodi Sundowns won the game 1-0 through a Percy Tau goal in the 60th minute. It was a lackluster performance by Sundowns, especially given that the first placed PSL team was playing the 10th placed Cape Town All Stars in the second-tier National First Division. Ill-discipline continues at Mamelodi Sundowns – two yellow cards were issued against the team – the two culprits were Wayne Arendse in the 72nd minute and Oupa Manyisa in the 80th.