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Kings versus students in a Nedbank Quarterfinals

Nie Cele

Real Kings skipper, Philani Cele believes their Nedbank encounter against Bidvest Wits is not going to be easy given they are underdogs.

The two sides will lock horns in one of the Nedbank Quarterfinals tonight at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in KZN.

Cele told this publication on the sidelines during the draw two weeks ago that it’s not going to be an easy match.

“Its going to be a tough match. All the players have two hands and two legs. We are not scared of them. The other advantage for us is that we will be playing in front of our home crowd.”

Cele also highlighted they know what to expect from the students.

“Our preparations was tailor-made to counter their attacking style of play.”

Kings will be playing at home in the Nedbank Cup for the first time, with both their previous two games away in this year’s competition. They beat Mpumalanga third-tier side Passion FC 3-2 and returned to the province to oust Mbombela United 2-1.

Meanwhile Wits have not lost a Nedbank Cup game outright on the road since a 2-1 defeat at Ajax Cape Town in 2015, though since then they have been beaten on penalties at Free State Stars and Cosmos.

In fact, four of their last five Nedbank Cup away games have gone to spot-kicks, which also includes wins in the last two at Black Leopards (2019) and Orlando Pirates (2020).

Football pundits believes Real Kings from the GladAfrica Championship outfit will be underdogs when they welcome star-studded Bidvest Wits for their quarterfinal clash, but that will not stop them believing they can cause an upset.


Wits were 2010 Nedbank Cup champions and also made the final in 2014, where they lost to Pirates.

Other info sourced from PSL Website.

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