AmaZulu v Arrows in Nedbank

AmaZulu will host KZN rivals Golden Arrows in the Last 32 round of the Nedbank Cup in mid-February.

Arrows were relegated from the top-flight last season, but have been leading the way in the National First Division under the guidance of coach Shaun Bartlett, which makes for a fascinating tie between old city rivals.

The tournament is back following the draw for the Last 32 in Johannesburg on Thursday night where the PSL teams are set to clash against the NFD and ABC Motsepe League sides.

Dubbed one of the most lucrative domestic cup competitions in Africa, the Nedbank Cup makes a return for the eighth time next month.

In a statement released to the media, Nedbank, in partnership with the Premier Soccer League (PSL) officially drew the battle lines on Thursday night – a first step towards determining who would be crowned champions of the 2014/15 Nedbank Cup.

At stake is the grand prize of R7 million and fans will remember how a packed Moses Mabhida stadium staged the final when Orlando Pirates beat Bidvest Wits 3-1 in 2014.

“As a bank for all, we are thrilled by the prospect of using the Nedbank Cup once again to connect with South Africa,” said Thulani Sibeko, Group Executive for Marketing, Communications and Corporate Affairs at Nedbank.

“As we demonstrate how we continue to enable customers, current and future soccer stars, as well as their communities to make their goals happen.

PSL CEO, Brand de Villiers, the Nedbank Cup is a tournament that has a special place in the hearts of South Africans.

“It is a tournament that has authored some of the most amazing and epic stories of rags to riches. As the League – and as an organisation that believes in unearthing new talent.

“And giving platform to aspiring athletes, we pride ourselves with what this Competition has done through our partnership with Nedbank. We look forward to the 2014/15 edition of the Nedbank Cup.”

The official launch of the 2015 Nedbank Cup will take place on 16 February where the bank will unveil its innovative campaigns for the year and also provide an update on venues and times for the round of 32 matches which is scheduled to start a day later, 17 February 2015.

The full Nedbank Cup Last 32 Draw:

Bellevue Winners Park v Vasco Da Gama
Bidvest Wits v Free State Stars
AmaZulu v Golden Arrows
Mpumalanga Black Aces v Maritzburg United
Orlando Pirates v Tornado FC
University of Pretoria v Moroka Swallows
Mamelodi Sundowns v Thanda Royal Zulu
SuperSport United v Polokwane City
African Warriors v Maluti FET College
Black Leopards v FC Cape Town
Bloemfontein Celtic v North West Shining Stars/Roses United
Chippa United v Natal United
Phiva Young Stars v Jomo Cosmos
Kaizer Chiefs v African All Stars/Edu Sports FC
Platinum Stars v The Magic FC
Mainstay United v Ajax Cape Town

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