Chiefs host confident Stellenbosch

Kaizer Chiefs will square off with Stellenbosch FC in the Nedbank Cup Last 16 match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 8:15pm.

Amakhosi, who are the most successful club in the history of the Nedbank Cup, having won 13 titles, brushed aside Lamontville Golden Arrows 3-0 in the last 32 match in Johannesburg last month.

Chiefs are wounded at the moment after losing 3-1 to their Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates in an Absa Premiership match last weekend. The defeat ended Amakhosi's 10-match unbeaten run in all competitions.

Meanwhile, Stellenbosch booked their place in the last 16 after securing a hard-fought 1-0 victory over fellow National First Division (NFD) side Highlands Park in Cape Town last month.

Stellies are heading into the Cup encounter winless in their last three matches in the NFD. The Mother City side has recorded two defeats and one draw during their current run.

Previous starting line-ups

Kaizer Chiefs: Khune, Cardoso, Ngezana, Mphahlele, Zulu, Molangoane, Katsande, Meyiwa, Tshabalala, Moon, Castro.

Stellenbosch: Arubi, Barends, Nkili, Robertson, Wambi, Mabua, Georgia, Lark, Sithole, Rayners, Makanda.

Head-to-Head (since 2016/17)

PREVIOUS CUP MEETINGS

Season Cup Result Scorers

2016/17 Nedbank Cup, last 32 Stellenbosch 0-3 Chiefs Molangoane, Tshabalala, Paez

CUP RECORD

P W D L GF GA

Chiefs 1 1 0 0 3 0

Stellenbosch 1 0 0 1 0 3

OVERALL RECORD (all competitions)

P W D L GF GA

Chiefs 1 1 0 0 3 0

Stellenbosch 1 0 0 1 0 3

What are the teams saying?

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela

“They (opposition teams) don’t come any easier. They’re all difficult and Stellenbosch as well‚ lying ninth on the (NFD) log‚” he said.

“They have accumulated 30 points‚ they have lost nine‚ drawn seven and won seven. The record speaks for itself.

“When you look at their play‚ because there was a match where we sent our people to observe them‚ they are quite a strong team.”

Stellenbosch head coach Steve Barker

"We are looking forward to facing Chiefs at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. It is a great opportunity for us as a small club ," he said.

"We will be testing ourselves against very a big club with a rich history. They are Cup kings of South African football.

"Chiefs have a credible Cup pedigree. We are expecting a difficult match. But we are keen to do well against them this weekend."

Kaizer Chiefs key players

Daniel Cardoso: The defender has established himself as Chiefs' first choice central defender this season, having featured in all of Chiefs' 23 league games this season. The 29-year-old will be eager to marshal Amakhosi's defence and ensure that they do not concede against Stellies.

Ryan Moon: The young forward was on the score sheet as Chiefs thrashed Lamontville Golden Arrows 3-0 in the last 32 encounter last month. The 21-year-old striker will be looking to score again in the Cup competition and help Amakhosi book their place in the quarterfinals.

Stellenbosch key players

Gert Barends: The defender has been a regular in the Stellenbosch starting line-up this season having made 19 appearances in the NFD. The former Polokwane City defender will be hoping to play an instrumental role in helping his side stun Amakhosi.

Iqraam Rayner: The forward is Stellenbosch's first-choice striker having scored six goals this season including one against Highlands Park in the Nedbank Cup. The marksman will be keen to inspire Stellies to victory over Premier Soccer League (PSL) giants Chiefs.