Nedbank Cup

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Nedbank Cup
Nedbank Cup logo.png
Founded 1971
Region  South Africa
Number of teams 32
Current champions Orlando Pirates (2013–14) (8th title)
Most successful club(s) Kaizer Chiefs (13 titles)
Motto ke yona (the one)
2013–14 Nedbank Cup

The Nedbank Cup is the current name of South Africa's premier club football (soccer) knockout tournament. While many formats have been used over the years, the tournament has always been based on the idea of giving lower league and amateur teams a chance to compete with clubs from the top league for the cup. The tournament, based on the English FA Cup format, carries a 'David versus Goliath' theme.


The tournament was started in 1971 as the Life Challenge Cup, this name stayed in place until 1975. In 1976 and 1977, the tournament was known as the Benson and Hedges Trophy. From 1978 until 1987 the tournament was known as the Mainstay Cup. In 1988 the sponsorship was taken over by First National Bank, and was renamed the Bob Save Super Bowl. This name remained until 2001, however the tournament was not played in 1997. The tournament was again not played in 2002. The competition was then sponsored by ABSA between 2003 and 2007, and known as the ABSA Cup. Nedbank took over the sponsorship in 2008, and renamed the tournament the Nedbank Cup.


The current format sees the 16 Premier Soccer League clubs, eight National First Division teams, as well as eight teams from the amateur ranks enter the main draw of 32 teams. The PSL teams enter the main draw automatically, while the NFD clubs need to play a single qualifier against other NFD clubs. The amateur teams go through a series of qualifiers to enter the main draw.

From the round of 32 onwards, teams are not seeded, and the first sides drawn receive home-ground advantage. There are no longer any replays in the tournament, and any games which end in a draw after 90 minutes are subject to 30 minutes extra time followed by penalties if necessary.

The winners receive prize money of R6 million. The winner also qualifies for the next season's CAF Confederation Cup.

Prize money[edit]

Position Prize money
1st R6, 000, 000
2nd R2, 500, 000
3rd-4th R1, 000, 000
5th-8th R400, 000
9th-16th R200, 000
17th-32nd R100, 000

Past finals[edit]

Year Winner Score Runner-up Venue Winning coach
Life Challenge Cup
1971 Kaizer Chiefs 2–2 Orlando Pirates  
1972 Kaizer Chiefs 4–1 Zulu Royals  
1973 Orlando Pirates 5–2 Zulu Royals  
1974 Orlando Pirates 1–0 AmaZulu  
1975 Orlando Pirates 2–1 Kaizer Chiefs  
Benson and Hedges Trophy
1976 Kaizer Chiefs 1–0 Orlando Pirates  
1977 Kaizer Chiefs 1–0 Orlando Pirates  
Mainstay Cup
1978 Wits University 3–2 Kaizer Chiefs  
1979 Kaizer Chiefs 3–3 Highlands Park FC  
1980 Orlando Pirates 3–2 Moroka Swallows  
1981 Kaizer Chiefs 1–1 Orlando Pirates  
1982 Kaizer Chiefs 2–1 African Wanderers  
1983 Moroka Swallows 1–0 Witbank Black Aces  
1984 Kaizer Chiefs 1–0 Orlando Pirates  
1985 Bloemfontein Celtic 2–1 African Wanderers  
1986 Mamelodi Sundowns 1–0 Jomo Cosmos  
1987 Kaizer Chiefs 1–0 AmaZulu  
Bob Save Super Bowl
1988 Orlando Pirates 2–1 Kaizer Chiefs   Walter da Silva
1989 Moroka Swallows 1–1 Mamelodi Sundowns  
1990 Jomo Cosmos 1–0 AmaZulu  
1991 Moroka Swallows 2–1 Jomo Cosmos  
1992 Kaizer Chiefs 2–1 Jomo Cosmos  
1993 Witbank Black Aces 1–0 Kaizer Chiefs  
1994 Vaal Professionals 1–0 Qwa Qwa Stars  
1995 Cape Town Spurs 3–0 Pretoria City  
1996 Orlando Pirates 1–0 Jomo Cosmos  
1997 Not played
1998 Mamelodi Sundowns 1–1 Orlando Pirates   Romania Ted Dumitru
1999 Supersport United 2–1 Kaizer Chiefs  
2000 Kaizer Chiefs 1–0 Mamelodi Sundowns  
2001 Santos 1–0 Mamelodi Sundowns  
2002 Not played
2003 Santos 2–0 Ajax Cape Town  
2004 Moroka Swallows 3–1 Manning Rangers   South Africa Gavin Hunt
2005 Supersport United 1–0 Wits University   South Africa Pitso Mosimane
2006 Kaizer Chiefs 0–0 Orlando Pirates Kings Park Stadium Germany Ernst Middendorp
2007 Ajax Cape Town 2–0 Mamelodi Sundowns  
Nedbank Cup
2008 Mamelodi Sundowns 1–0 Mpumalanga Black Aces   South Africa Trott Moloto
2008-09 Moroka Swallows 1–0 Pretoria University Rand Stadium Brazil Júlio César Leal
2009-10 Bidvest Wits 3–0 AmaZulu Soccer City South Africa Roger De Sá
2010-11 Orlando Pirates 3–1 Black Leopards Mbombela Stadium Netherlands Ruud Krol
2011-12 Supersport United 2–0 Mamelodi Sundowns Orlando Stadium South Africa Gavin Hunt
2012-13 Kaizer Chiefs 1–0 Supersport United Moses Mabhida Stadium Scotland Stuart Baxter
2013-14 Orlando Pirates 3–1 Bidvest Wits Moses Mabhida Stadium Serbia Vladimir Vermezović

Results by team[edit]

Results by team
Club Wins First final won Last final won Runners-up Last final lost Total final appearances
Kaizer Chiefs 13 1971 2013 5 1999 18
Orlando Pirates 8 1973 2014 7 2006 15
Wits University 2 1978 2010 2 2014 4
Amazulu 0 - 2011 6 2010 6

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