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Tricky start for Pirates

Nedbank Cup defending champions Orlando Pirates will begin the defence of their title with a tricky clash against third tier club Tornado FC when the competition kicks off next month.

Nedbank Cup defending champions Orlando Pirates will begin the defence of their title with a tricky clash against third tier club Tornado FC when the competition kicks off next month.

Bucs fans must have smiled last night when they were drawn to play the ABC Motsepe League club, but the top flight club has previously struggled against lower division outfits.

Last season the Buccaneers had to sweat as they came from behind to stretch a memorable clash against a determined Thanda Royal Zulu side to a penalty shootout.

Full draw

Winners Park v Vasco da Gama; Bidvest Wits v Free State Stars; AmaZulu v Arrows; Aces v Maritzburg United; Pirates v Tornado; University of Pretoria v Swallows; Sundowns v Thanda; SuperSport v Polokwane City; Warriors v Maluti; Leopards v FC Cape Town; Phiva Stars v Cosmos; Chiefs v African All Stars/Edu Sports; Platinum Stars v Magic FC; Mainstay United v Ajax; Celtic v North West/Roses United; Chippa v Natal United

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