Following the draw that was held at the league’s offices last Friday morning, the Premier Soccer League (PSL) has confirmed the dates and venues for the preliminary round of the Nedbank Cup matches for the teams campaigning under the banner for the GladAfrica Championship League.
The three teams based in Vhembe, Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM), Venda Football Academy (VFA) and Black Leopards, will have themselves to blame if they fail to secure places in the top-32 stage. They had all won the home-ground advantage during the draw.
The opening batch of three matches will be played on Tuesday, 14 December. Jomo Cosmos will host Uthongathi FC at the Vosloorus Stadium in Johannesburg, while JDR Stars will be away to meet TS Sporting at the Kabokweni Stadium outside Nelspruit.
Black Leopards will entertain Free State Stars at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane. Black Leopards and Free State Stars are still in mourning, following their poor results over the past weekend. Leopards lost 0-2 to Hungry Lions FC in Kimberly, while Free State Stars had suffered a 0-1 defeat at the hands of TTM at the Goble Park Stadium in Bethlehem.
Four matches will be played at various venues throughout the country the following day. University of Pretoria will host Hungry Lions at the Absa Tuks Stadium in Pretoria. Polokwane City will visit Richards Bay FC at the Umhlatuze Sports Complex in Richards Bay. Platinum City Rovers will enjoy the home-ground advantage in their match against Cape Town Spurs. This match will be played at the Olën Park Stadium in Potchefstroom.
Pretoria Callies will play against Venda Football Academy at the Thohoyandou Stadium. VFA played to a 1-1 draw with University of Pretoria at the Thohoyandou Stadium last weekend. The only match that will be played on Thursday, 16 December, will be between TTM and Cape Town All Stars at the Thohoyandou Stadium.
The winners in the preliminary-round matches will join the DStv Premiership League sides in the top-32 stage of the competition.
Date:04 December 2021 - By: Frank Mavhungu
Frank is a Human Resources Manager at the Department of Public Works in Limpopo. He is the longest serving correspondent of the Mirror, having joined us at the end of 1990. He mainly writes sports reports and resides at Tsianda Village. In 2004, Frank won the National Castle League Award, an award for the best reporter in the SAB league in South Africa.