Acornbush United up for Cape Town City challenge in Nedbank Cup
Posted: 12 March 2017 Time: 12:10
Third-tier side Acornbush United believe they can upset Cape Town City in today’s Nedbank Cup first-round tie at Kabokweni Stadium near Nelspruit.
Kick-off is at 15h00 this afternoon.
Coached by McDonald Makhubedu, the ABC Motsepe League club have already just about wrapped up their provincial league as they are 17 points ahead with six games remaining.
Makhubedu was previously with Jomo Cosmos and Sivutsa Stars and has a long list of players that have played in the professional league that includes Madoda Motha, Bongani Nyathi, Mlungisi Nkosi and Sifiso Thomo to call upon for experience.
Former Orlando Pirates striker Reason Chiloane is the assistant coach.
“We are definitely going to give them a good run because we believe we can compete against them. Actually we feel we can do it considering that we are playing at home. We have a mixture of young and experienced players,” says Michael Sias, the club CEO.
Acornbush have previously played in the old First Division and their home ground Kabokweni was renovated ahead of the 2010 World Cup.
However, in Cape Town City they are up against a team coached by a man who is rising up impressively in his coaching career. His name is Eric Tinkler.
Dismissed by some churls as an intern during his time at Orlando Pirates last season he has now led City to challenging for the league, reminding us that he is not as bad a coach as he was made out to be while with Bucs.
In his first full season (2015/16) in charge in the PSL, which happened to be at Pirates, the former Bafana Bafana midfielder reached two finals – the Nedbank Cup and the CAF Confederation Cup.
This season he reached the semi-finals of the MTN8 going out to eventual winners Bidvest Wits and then muscled his way to success in the Telkom Knockout, lifting his first piece of silverware after getting the better of SuperSport United in December.