Giant-killers FC Cape Town stand between Bidvest Wits and a place in the Nedbank Cup semifinals. The two sides meet for a quarterfinal clash at the Bidvest Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday afternoon, kick-off at 15h00.
Wits, who came into the 2010 Nedbank Cup having not won a competitive cup game in more than three years, now find themselves just two games away from a possible final appearance.
However, coach Roger de Sa and his side know all too well the threat posed by a lower league side, having had to come through an almighty scrap with First Division side Nathi Lions in the round of 32.
Though the Clever Boys took a two-goal lead in that game, they eventually needed extra time and a goal from captain Tefu Mashamaite to see themselves to a 3-2 win over the plucky Lions.
Their next opponents, another second-tier side, Thanda Royal Zulu, took the lead in their last 16 tie this past weekend, but the Students fought back to claim a 4-1 win, with Marawaan Bantam giving a Man of the Match performance in scoring one goal and creating two others.
Wits will be facing non-PSL opposition for the third successive game but taking their foot off the pedal against the African Beasts of FC Cape Town would be a huge mistake ? one that saw Kaizer Chiefs exit the tournament in the previous round.
Many thought that the Amakhosi would steamroll FCCT, a First Division side who had only managed a sixth-place finish on the second tier?s Coastal Stream.
However, goals from youngster Lyle Lackay and skipper Samuel Eboulle Bille ? and a superb defensive performance led by goalkeeper Thembalethu Moses ? saw the African Beasts to a famous 2-0 win.
Chiefs may have dominated the game but the remarkable grit and team spirit shown by FC Cape Town was enough to see them through to the quarterfinals and a repeat performance against Wits would see them hailed as the breakthrough team of this year?s Nedbank Cup.
Bidvest Wits v FC Cape Town
Date: 08 May 2010
Venue: Bidvest Stadium