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Players walk suspension tightrope ahead of Nedbank Cup Last 32

02/02/2018
Players walk suspension tightrope ahead of Nedbank Cup Last 32

For the players from the 32 sides that will contest the first round of the Nedbank Cup, this weekend more than most is a time to stay on the right side of referees. Red cards, or a fourth yellow card of the season, will see players have to sit out the Nedbank Cup Last 32, not only weakening their teams but also robbing them of an opportunity to showcase their skills on a grand stage. Among the 24 teams from the top two tiers of South African football, only one, Royal Eagles, do not have any players on three yellow cards and so will just have to watch out for those reds to avoid suspension. But for the rest, there are some key players walking a tightrope and any miss-timed tackles could see them suspended.

These include former Nedbank Ke Yona Team graduate Aubrey Modiba, who has been a shining star for SuperSport United this campaign but must avoid a booking against Bloemfontein Celtic in their league clash on Saturday. If he gets one, he will miss the Nedbank Cup Last 32 clash away at the same opposition on February 11 having reached four yellow cards for the season, which results in an automatic one-game suspension. Here is a list of those players from the top-two tiers who are sitting on three yellow cards so far this campaign.

PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE CLUBS

AJAX CAPE TOWN

Tercious Malepe

Roscoe Pietersen

Sirgio Kammies

Tashreeq Morris

AMAZULU

Michael Morton

BAROKA FC

Mpho Kgaswane

BIDVEST WITS

Daylon Claasen

Vincent Pule

S'fiso Hlanti

BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC

Lantshene Phalane

Wandisile Letlabika

CAPE TOWN CITY

Ayanda Patosi

Ebrahim Seedat

Roland Putsche

Taariq Fielies

CHIPPA UNITED

Zitha Macheke

Frederic Nsabiyumva

James Okwuosa

Kurt Lentjies

Mpho Mvelase

FREE STATE STARS

Nyiko Mobbie

Sibusiso Hlubi

LAMONTVILLE GOLDEN ARROWS

Siyabonga Dube

KAIZER CHIEFS

Kgotso Moleko

MAMELODI SUNDOWNS

Bangaly Soumahoro

Siyabonga Zulu

MARITZBURG UNITED

Bandile Shandu

Bevan Fransman

Deolin Mekoa

Lebohang Maboe

Pogiso Sanoka

Siphesihle Ndlovu

ORLANDO PIRATES

Abbubaker Mobara

Musa Nyatama

Mpho Makola

PLATINUM STARS

Lehlogonolo Masalesa

Molemo Mekoa

POLOKWANE CITY

Jabu Maluleke

Rendani Ndou

Simphiwe Hlongwane

Thabiso Semenya

SUPERSPORT UNITED

Aubrey Modiba

Bradley Grobler

NATIONAL FIRST DIVISION TEAMS

CAPE TOWN ALL STARS

Ntshuxeko Ndlovu

HIGHLANDS PARK

Brandon Theron

Junior Sibande

Luckyboy Mokoena

MTHATHA BUCKS

Arnold Anoma

Thabiso Mokoena

RICHARDS BAY

Gregory Roelf

Sbonelo Ngubane

Thabo Ralebakeng

ROYAL EAGLES

None

STELLENBOSCH FC

Tshepo Mabua

SUPER EAGLES

Thabang Matjeni

UBUNTU CAPE TOWN

Gerome Kuilong

Luke Fleurs

Taahir Ganga

Waseem Isaacs

*The views represented are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent those of Nedbank.