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By unknown | Nov 18, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Andrew Rabutla tried to smile but the discomfort on the Jomo Cosmos manager's face was noticeable after his side were drawn against the tough Pretoria University in the preliminaries of the Nedbank Cup yesterday.

The draw pitted 16 National First Division clubs against each other, with eight going through to the last-32 stage of Ke Yona.

Their matches will be played on December 16 at venues still to be decided by the league.

The eight clubs and a further eight from the amateur ranks will then join the 16 clubs from the Absa Premiership in the last-32 phase of South African football's version of the FA Cup.

Ezenkosi face a team that could scupper their hopes of making a quick return to the top flight this time round as only a point separates them in the inland stream of the league.

AmaTuks, mentored by Steven Barker, are also motivated by the fact that they will be playing Cosmos at home.

"It is not an easy draw for both of us but we are a professional side and we should go out there and face the challenge," said Rabutla, whose side hosts the same AmaTuks in a league match on November 30.

They played to a goalless draw in the first round.

AmaTuks' manager Graham Oosthuis, who is a man of few words, insisted "we are ready and willing to face Jomo Cosmos".

Mpumalanga Black Aces, who punched beyond their weight when they reached the final last season, host African Warriors.

The full draw is (home teams mentioned first):

AmaTuks v Cosmos, Carara Kicks v Vasco da Gama, Ikapa Sporting v FC AK, Dynamos v Durban Stars, Hanover Park v Black Leopards, Nathi Lions v Witbank Spurs, Winners Park v FC Cape Town, Aces v Warriors.


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