TOP GUNS WARNED OF UPSETS

THREAT: Orlando Pirates striker Ndumiso Mabena. Pic. Veli Nhlapo. 14/03/2010. © Sowetan.
THREAT: Orlando Pirates striker Ndumiso Mabena. Pic. Veli Nhlapo. 14/03/2010. © Sowetan.

THE Nedbank Cup has proved to be a Cup of major upsets and big Premiership clubs still in this competition must tread cautiously against their opponents from lower divisions.

THE Nedbank Cup has proved to be a Cup of major upsets and big Premiership clubs still in this competition must tread cautiously against their opponents from lower divisions.

The spotlight in the round of 16 matches of Ke Yona this weekend will fall on Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns.

The Buccaneers need to win this Cup to salvage some pride after failing to win the championship in the 2009-2010 season after a terrific start to the season.

Pirates face Vodacom Promotional League campaigners Als Puk Tawana at Orlando Stadium tomorrow and kickoff is at 8.15pm.

The Brazilians, on the other hand, welcome National First Division side Black Leopards at the same venue on Sunday at 3pm.

Pirates coach Ruud Krol has warned his charges to guard against complacency against Tawana, who eliminated Platinum Stars in the round of 32.

Tawana boast the experience of Ted Dumitru in their technical staff and are also coached by respected development coach Zipho Dlangalala.

Said the cautious Krol yesterday: "This team plays good football  and we will definitely take them seriously. I saw their matches on video and I think it would be important to have the right attitude against them. We have to be focused and try not to make mistakes because we can be punished. But we will play to win the match."

Dlangalala said they were geared-up to face Bucs, adding that his charges were determined to dish out great football on the day.

Tawana will have to keep a close eye on Pirates striker Ndumiso Mabena, who is bound to wreak havoc if Jabulani Shongwe and company leave him unattended.

Sundowns interim coach Trott Moloto said: "I have done my homework on Leopards and we will be well prepared. We are positive that something good will come out of the Cup for us."

Leopards assistant coach Joel Masutha said: "This is a perfect opportunity for us to bring smiles to our supporters and the people of Limpopo after we failed to gain promotion to the elite league through the playoffs.

"It will be a tough match."

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