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The Nedbank Cup is the current name of South Africa's premier club football (soccer) knockout tournament. While many formats have been used over the years, the tournament has always been based on the idea of giving lower league and amateur teams a chance to compete with clubs from the top league for the cup. The tournament is based on the English FA Cup, which has become known for "giant killings" (lower league clubs defeating a top flight club).

Nedbank Cup
Nedbank Cup logo.svg
Founded1971
Region South Africa
Number of teams32
Current championsTS Galaxy (2018–19) (1st title)
Most successful club(s)Kaizer Chiefs (13 titles)
Mottoke yona (the one)
Websitewww.nedbankcup.co.za
2018–19 Nedbank Cup

HistoryEdit

The tournament was started in 1971 as the Life Challenge Cup, this name stayed in place until 1975. In 1976 and 1977, the tournament was known as the Benson and Hedges Trophy. From 1978 until 1987 the tournament was known as the Mainstay Cup. In 1988 the sponsorship was taken over by First National Bank, and was renamed the Bob Save Super Bowl. This name remained until 2001, however the tournament was not played in 1997. The tournament was again not played in 2002. The competition was then sponsored by ABSA between 2003 and 2007, and known as the ABSA Cup. Nedbank took over the sponsorship in 2008, and renamed the tournament the Nedbank Cup.

FormatEdit

The current format sees the 16 Premier Soccer League clubs, eight National First Division teams, as well as eight teams from the amateur ranks enter the main draw of 32 teams. The PSL teams enter the main draw automatically, while the NFD clubs need to play a single qualifier against other NFD clubs. The amateur teams go through a series of qualifiers to enter the main draw.

From the round of 32 onwards, teams are not seeded, and the first sides drawn receive home-ground advantage. There are no longer any replays in the tournament, and any games which end in a draw after 90 minutes are subject to 30 minutes extra time followed by penalties if necessary.

The winners receive prize money of R7 million.[1] The winner also qualifies for the next season's CAF Confederation Cup.

Prize moneyEdit

Position Prize money (R)
Champions
7,000,000
Runners-Up
2,500,000
Semi-finals
1,000,000
Quarter finals
400,000
Last 16
200,000
Last 32
100,000

Past finalsEdit

Year Winner Score Runner-up Venue Winning coach
Life Challenge Cup
1971 Kaizer Chiefs 2–2 Orlando Pirates  
1972 Kaizer Chiefs 4–1 Zulu Royals  
1973 Orlando Pirates 5–2 Zulu Royals  
1974 Orlando Pirates 1–0 AmaZulu  
1975 Orlando Pirates 2–1 Kaizer Chiefs  
Benson and Hedges Trophy
1976 Kaizer Chiefs 1–0 Orlando Pirates  
1977 Kaizer Chiefs 1–0 Orlando Pirates  
Mainstay Cup
1978 Wits University 3–2 Kaizer Chiefs     Eddie Lewis
1979 Kaizer Chiefs 3–3 Highlands Park FC     Mario Tuani
1980 Orlando Pirates 3–2 Moroka Swallows  
1981 Kaizer Chiefs 1–1 Orlando Pirates   Elkiam Khumalo
1982 Kaizer Chiefs 2–1 African Wanderers  
1983 Moroka Swallows 1–0 Witbank Black Aces     Mario Tuani
1984 Kaizer Chiefs 1–0 Orlando Pirates     Joe Frickleton
1985 Bloemfontein Celtic 2–1 African Wanderers   Dave Roberts
1986 Mamelodi Sundowns 1–0 Jomo Cosmos   Stanley Tshabalala
1987 Kaizer Chiefs 1–0 AmaZulu     Ted Dumitru
Bob Save Super Bowl
1988 Orlando Pirates 2–1 Kaizer Chiefs     Walter da Silva
1989 Moroka Swallows 1–1 Mamelodi Sundowns     Eddie Lewis
1990 Jomo Cosmos 1–0 AmaZulu     Roy Matthews
1991 Moroka Swallows 2–1 Jomo Cosmos  
1992 Kaizer Chiefs 2–1 Jomo Cosmos     Jeff Butler
1993 Witbank Black Aces 1–0 Kaizer Chiefs   Johnny Ferreira
1994 Vaal Professionals 1–0 Qwa Qwa Stars   Simon "Bull" Lehoko
1995 Cape Town Spurs 3–0 Pretoria City     Mich D'Avray
1996 Orlando Pirates 1–0 Jomo Cosmos    Viktor Bondarenko
1997 Not played
1998 Mamelodi Sundowns 1–1 Orlando Pirates     Ted Dumitru
1999 Supersport United 2–1 Kaizer Chiefs     Roy Matthews
2000 Kaizer Chiefs 1–0 Mamelodi Sundowns     Muhsin Ertugral
2001 Santos 1–0 Mamelodi Sundowns     Clive Barker
2002 Not played
ABSA Cup
2003 Santos 2–0 Ajax Cape Town     Boebie Solomons
2004 Moroka Swallows 3–1 Manning Rangers     Gavin Hunt
2005 Supersport United 1–0 Wits University     Pitso Mosimane
2006 Kaizer Chiefs 0–0 Orlando Pirates Kings Park Stadium   Ernst Middendorp
2007 Ajax Cape Town 2–0 Mamelodi Sundowns     Muhsin Ertugral
Nedbank Cup
2008 Mamelodi Sundowns 1–0 Mpumalanga Black Aces Johannesburg Stadium   Trott Moloto
2008–09 Moroka Swallows 1–0 Pretoria University Rand Stadium   Júlio César Leal
2009–10 Bidvest Wits 3–0 AmaZulu Soccer City   Roger De Sá
2010–11 Orlando Pirates 3–1 Black Leopards Mbombela Stadium   Ruud Krol
2011–12 Supersport United 2–0 Mamelodi Sundowns Orlando Stadium   Gavin Hunt
2012–13 Kaizer Chiefs 1–0 Supersport United Moses Mabhida Stadium   Stuart Baxter
2013–14 Orlando Pirates 3–1 Bidvest Wits Moses Mabhida Stadium   Vladimir Vermezović
2014–15 Mamelodi Sundowns 0–0 (aet; 4–3 pen.) Ajax Cape Town Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium   Pitso Mosimane
2015–16 Supersport United 3–2 Orlando Pirates Peter Mokaba Stadium   Stuart Baxter
2016–17 Supersport United 4–1 Orlando Pirates Moses Mabhida Stadium   Stuart Baxter
2017–18 Free State Stars 1–0 Maritzburg United Cape Town Stadium   Luc Eymael
2018–19[2] TS Galaxy 1–0 Kaizer Chiefs Moses Mabhida Stadium   Dan Malesela

Results by teamEdit

Results by team
Club Wins First final won Last final won Runners-up Last final lost Total final appearances
Kaizer Chiefs 13 1971 2013 5 2019 18
Orlando Pirates 8 1973 2014 9 2017 17
Moroka Swallows 5 1983 2009 1 1980 6
Supersport United 5 1999 2017 1 2013 6
Mamelodi Sundowns 4 1986 2015 5 2012 9
Wits University 2 1978 2010 2 2014 4
Santos 2 2001 2003 0 2
Jomo Cosmos 1 1990 1990 4 1996 5
Ajax Cape Town 1 2007 2007 2 2015 3
Witbank Black Aces 1 1993 1993 1 1983 2
Free State Stars / Qwa Qwa Stars 1 2018 2018 1 1994 2
Bloemfontein Celtic 1 1985 1985 0 1
Cape Town Spurs 1 1995 1995 0 1
TS Galaxy 1 2019 2019 0 1
Vaal Professionals 1 1994 1994 0 1
Amazulu 0 6 2010 6
African Wanderers 0 2 1985 2
Black Leopards 0 1 2011 1
Highlands Park FC 0 1 1979 1
Manning Rangers 0 1 2004 1
Maritzburg United 0 1 2018 1
Mpumalanga Black Aces 0 1 2008 1
Pretoria City 0 1 1995 1
Pretoria University 0 1 2009 1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Prize Money". nedbankcup.co.za. Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  2. ^ "Nedbank Cup match report Kaizer Chiefs v TS Galaxy 18 May 2019". KickOff. Retrieved 2019-05-18.

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