Peace Lovers set sights on Nedbank Cup final

PEACE Lovers want to make history by becoming the first amateur club to reach the final of the Nedbank Cup, South Africa's version of the FA Cup, after making it to the quarterfinals last year.

PEACE Lovers want to make history by becoming the first amateur club to reach the final of the Nedbank Cup, South Africa's version of the FA Cup, after making it to the quarterfinals last year.

Lovers survived the longest of the amateur sides, eventually losing to Moroka Swallows.

The Polokwane-based side, owned by Limpopo businessman Percy Motimele, has already qualified for the last-32 phase of this year's tournament.

After the departure of former Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United midfielder Jackie "Styles" Ledwaba, Lovers have roped in former goalkeeper Joel "Safe Hands" Mongalo as coach.

They are on top of the Limpopo Safa Vodacom Promotional League.

Lazarus "Prophy" Maffa, general manager of Lovers, said: "We have a great team (which is ) out to make history in this tournament. We want to achieve two things this season - reach the final of the Nedbank Cup and win the league to gain promotion to the National First Division.

"Our dream is to be pitted against a top club with a big following so that we can make history by opening the new Peter Mokaba Sports Complex.

"I was relieved to hear that we are going straight into the last-32 round, unlike last season where we featured in a playoff match."

The two teams that will feature in the playoffs are the Styles Phumo-guided Tower United of Free State and Mnguni Young Stars of Mpumalanga.

Safa competitions director Balebetse Monnakgotla said the playoff will take place in Gauteng on December 12 and 13 at a venue still to be decided.

"The winner will join the other seven provincial winners in the last-32 round."

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