Holders TS Galaxy from the GladAfrica Championship have a tough start to the defence of their Nedbank Cup title when they travel away to in-form Chippa United on Wednesday, keeping up an unusual record in the competition.
Galaxy were only formed at the start of the 2018-19 season after former intermediary Tim Sukazi purchased the status of Cape Town All Stars and relocated the club to Mpumalanga.
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They stunned Kaizer Chiefs in last year’s final and have in fact won all five of their previous Nedbank Cup matches – which amazingly were all played away.
And now, at the start of their title defence, they are on the road again to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, where Galaxy coach Dan Malesela will make an emotional return to his former employers, having previously had two spells in charge of the side.
Galaxy might have enjoyed much success on the road in the Nedbank Cup, but not so much the league this season with only two wins in nine matches to date.
“We are hoping that this match is one of those things that help us turn our season around. Participating in the Nedbank Cup last season helped us a lot,” Malesela told reporters.
“Of the difficulties we’ve been having in the league, we’ve had many draws, we have to find that motivation to end that and the cup gives us that opportunity.”
Their five victories away last season were at Umvoti (3-1), Jomo Cosmos (1-0), Cape Umoya United (2-1), Lamontville Golden Arrows (3-1), while the final against Chiefs was at a neutral venue.
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Chippa, meanwhile, have been Nedbank Cup semifinalists in two of the last three years, losing on penalties to SuperSport United in 2017 and 4-2 to Kaizer Chiefs last season.
They knocked two heavyweights out of the competition in 2019 in Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits, but will now seek not to become the subject of an upset themselves