Match - Wed 8 May, 19:30, Royal Bafokeng Stadium
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|18. (90’)||19. (78’)|
Stars out to deny United a second successive final
Benson Mhlongo of Platinum Stars and Kermit Erasmus of Supersport United during the Nedbank Cup Semi Final Draw
Stars have enjoyed an excellent season both on the league front and here in the Nedbank Cup, but they will need to move up a gear at this stage if they are to rack up their second piece of major silverware, adding to the Telkom Knockout title they won in 2006.
As for SuperSport, they have excelled in the second half of the 2012/13 season after a disappointing start to the campaign, and they could yet top with a second straight Nedbank Cup triumph, though they will have to get past Dikwena first.
This will be just the third cup meeting between the teams. They first clashed in a knockout competition in 2003/04, with Stars defeating United 2-0 in the first round of the Coca-Cola Cup.
Then, three seasons later in 2006/07, they clashed in the quarterfinals of a forerunner of the Nedbank Cup. This time the match ended in a goalless stalemate after extra time, but Dikwena advanced 7-6 in a post-match penalty shootout.
Overall, the teams have met 21 times in league and cup action since 2003/04, with Matsatsantsa claiming twice as many wins as their opponents from Rustenburg (10 to 5).
The bad news for Stars is that they have never won a home clash against SuperSport. Ten previous home games for Dikwena have seen their opponents from Tshwane rack up seven wins and three draws. Cavin Johnson’s team will have to break that streak if they are to reach the Nedbank Cup final for the first time.
Stars have reached this stage of the competition thanks to wins over Dynamos, Black Leopards and Mamelodi Sundowns. Having already ousted one big Tshwane team, and with the confidence of beating SuperSport 1-0 in the teams’ league encounter earlier this season, Dikwena will have a strong belief that they can secure a place in the final.
SuperSport have ousted Moroka Swallows, Vasco da Gama and Maritzburg United in what has been a challenging path to the semifinals. Coach Gavin Hunt will be expecting his team to give everything in an effort to reach the final and give themselves a shot at becoming the first team to defend the Nedbank Cup since its launch in 2008.