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The lesser-known Mariveni United FC from Tzaneen have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rise to the highest levels of South African football, when the team campaigns in the lucrative Nedbank Cup on Sunday, 11 February.
The R20,3-million Nedbank Cup has over the years been touted as “the cup of dreams”, in that it had always been a platform for teams from the amateur ranks to showcase their talents.
Mariveni United was in the last-32 of the Nedbank Cup, and was scheduled to welcome EC Bees at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday, 11 February.
The two teams have already pocketed a mouth-watering R100 000 each, after qualifying for the last-32 stages of the tournament.
Should Mariveni United advance to the last-16 stages of the competition, then scouts from bigger teams start circling, looking for players to sign for the professional ranks.
In other fixtures this weekend, Cape Town All Stars welcome reigning African Champions League kings, Mamelodi Sundowns, at Athlone Stadium on the evening of Friday, 9 February.
Soccer in the Western Cape has always been of the highest level, and Cape Town All Stars was expected to do the Mother City proud.
Swallows FC, another lesser-known outfit, was scheduled to host PSL campaigners, Maritzburg United, at Dobsonville Stadium, Gauteng, on Saturday, 10 February.
Another Western Cape side, Steenberg United host Orbit College, also on Saturday at Parrow Stadium.
PSL campaigners Chippa United have an away date with Phiva Young Stars at KaBokweni Stadium on Saturday, 10 February.
The most talked-about fixture should be the one between hosts, Orlando Pirates and Ajax Cape Town, which gave Pirates an embarrassing lashing in a recent league fixture.
The two giants do battle at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.
2 months ago 08 February 2018