What would the Nedbank Cup be without its charity angle, probably nothing?
These were the words of Sydney Mbhele, a divisional executive for marketing at Nedbank when he announced the continuation of the Goals4Goals campaign, which is a charity drive in partnership with the Sports Trust.
“This element of the Nedbank Cup will continue to be a key feature of the tournament as it encourages footballers to score more goals and also to contribute to sports development in the country,” he said.
“With 97 goals netted in the 2013 competition, this translated into R776 000 which contributed towards the building of a R1 million multi-purpose sports court for Sinamuva Primary School in KwaZulu-Natal. A further R1 million was used in 2013 to provide soccer kits and training to over 120 schools across the country.”
In the 2012 Nedbank Cup campaign, Alexandra’s M C Weiler Primary School was the beneficiary of a brand new soccer pitch, soccer kits and other related requirements of playing the beautiful game.
In the cup draw, the giants of South African football, Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs, Moroka Swallows, SuperSport United and Mamelodi Sundowns avoided each other in the last 32.
Chiefs were drawn for a clash against National First Division side Black Leopards, Pirates will play Thanda Royal Zulu, Sundowns will take on Ajax Cape Town, Swallows drew minnows Mbombela United and SuperSport will be involved in a Tshwane derby with University of Pretoria.
The R20.3 million total prize money makes it the most lucrative cup competition in Africa, with the winner pocketing a cool R7 million. The competition comprises 16 teams from the Premier League, eight from the National First Division and eight from the South African Football Association league.