Nedbank Cup quarterfinals in Numbers
PIC: TTM goalkeeper Gershin Kock
The Nedbank Cup quarterfinals dished up 16 goals and no shortage of drama with two stunning comeback wins. We round up the numbers on the Last 8 and the campaign to date.
0 – Royal AM have never been involved in a draw – and therefore a penalty shoot-out – in the Nedbank Cup. But their goals tally reads 11 scored and 11 conceded in their seven previous matches.
1 – TTM are the only team from outside of the DStv Premiership in the semifinals in what is their maiden season in the competition. They are not to be confused with the TTM that lifted the trophy last campaign, but who are now Marumo Gallants.
1 – Royal AM also have reached the semifinals for the first time in their short history. Their previous best place was a quarterfinal showing in 2020.
1 – TTM’s 3-2 victory over SuperSport United in the quarterfinals was the first time in Matsatsantsa’s history that they have lost to lower league opponents.
1 – When Mamelodi Sundowns meet Royal AM in the semifinals, it will be the first time they have faced top-tier opposition this season. Their three previous games were against second-tier Richards Bay (Last 32), and ABC Motsepe League sides Mathaithai (Last 16) and Summerfield Dynamos (Quarterfinals).
2 – Two of the quarterfinal games saw the home side rally from two goals down to win 3-2. TTM did so against SuperSport and Royal AM versus University of Pretoria.
2 – Gallants will be hoping to become just the second side after SuperSport (2016 & 2017) to win back-to-back Nedbank Cup titles.
2 – Victor Letsoalo’s two goals in the quarterfinal win shot him to the top of Royal AM’s scorers’ charts in the Nedbank Cup. He is the only player from the team to net more than once in the competition.
2 – Speaking of Gallants, they have reached the semifinal stage for the second year in succession after defeating Sundowns at this stage last year via post-match penalties following a 0-0 draw.
2 – TTM have already ousted top-flight opposition on two occasions in the Nedbank Cup this season, namely Lamontville Golden Arrows (Last 32) and SuperSport (Quarterfinals). Can they make it a hattrick against Gallants?
3 – This is the third year in a row that Sundowns have reached the semifinals. They beat BidVest Wits 3-2 in 2020 but lost on penalties to TTM in 2021.
3 – Sede Dion’s winner for Gallants against Baroka FC in the quarterfinals took his tally in the competition to three and the top of the scorers’ charts alongside University of Pretoria’s Wonderboy Makhubu. He is also historically the joint leading scorer in the competition for Gallants along with Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo.
3 – Gallants have won all three penalty shoot-outs they have been involved in the Nedbank Cup, seeing off Swallows FC, Sundowns (both 2021) and Orlando Pirates (2022).
3 – TTM have scored three goals in each of their last two ties – a 3-0 win over Sinenkani in the Last 16 and the 3-2 success against SuperSport in the quarterfinals.
4 – The semifinal with Gallants is the fourth time in four ties that TTM have been drawn at their Thohoyandou Stadium home in this year’s Nedbank Cup.
8 – Gallants are now on an eight-game unbeaten run in the Nedbank Cup (W5 D3) and have only conceded three goals in that time.
12 – Sundowns have extended their record unbeaten run to 12 games in the Nedbank Cup. They last lost a match outright to Chippa United in the Last 32 in 2019, more than three years ago.
15 – Sundowns have now scored 15 goals in this year’s competition and have yet to concede. Those goals have come from 11 different players.
16 – The 16 goals scored in this season’s quarterfinals matches the all-time record for this stage of the competition. It is the same number as were netted in 2019, and two more than in 2021.
50 – Sundowns have now played 50 games in the Nedbank Cup since 2008, more than any other club. They also have the most wins 37 and goals (112) in that time.
74 – The number of goals scored in the competition so far from 28 matches. That is an average of 2.64 per game.
2020 – Royal AM coach John Maduka was in charge of the Bloemfontein Celtic side that lost the 2020 Nedbank Cup final to Sundowns. He now has a chance for revenge in the semifinals of this year’s competition.