Nedbank Cup
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Founded 1971
Region Flag of South Africa South Africa
Tournament information
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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 is based on the English FA Cup, which has become known for "giant killings" (lower league clubs defeating a top flight club).


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

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

Year Winner Score Runner-up Venue Winning coach
Life Challenge Cup
1971Kaizer Chiefs2–2Orlando Pirates 
1972Kaizer Chiefs4–1Zulu Royals 
1973Orlando Pirates5–2Zulu Royals 
1974Orlando Pirates1–0AmaZulu 
1975Orlando Pirates2–1Kaizer Chiefs 
Benson and Hedges Trophy
1976Kaizer Chiefs1–0Orlando Pirates 
1977Kaizer Chiefs1–0Orlando Pirates 
Mainstay Cup
1978Wits University3–2Kaizer Chiefs EnglandEddie Lewis
1979Kaizer Chiefs3–3Highlands Park FC Flag of CHIMario Tuani
1980Orlando Pirates3–2Moroka Swallows 
1981Kaizer Chiefs1–1Orlando Pirates Elkiam Khumalo
1982Kaizer Chiefs2–1African Wanderers 
1983Moroka Swallows1–0Witbank Black Aces Flag of CHIMario Tuani
1984Kaizer Chiefs1–0Orlando Pirates ScotlandJoe Frickleton
1985Bloemfontein Celtic2–1African Wanderers Dave Roberts
1986Mamelodi Sundowns1–0Jomo Cosmos Stanley Tshabalala
1987Kaizer Chiefs1–0AmaZulu Romania Ted Dumitru
Bob Save Super Bowl
1988Orlando Pirates2–1Kaizer Chiefs  BrazilWalter da Silva
1989Moroka Swallows1–1Mamelodi Sundowns England Eddie Lewis
1990Jomo Cosmos1–0AmaZulu EnglandRoy Matthews
1991Moroka Swallows2–1Jomo Cosmos 
1992Kaizer Chiefs2–1Jomo Cosmos EnglandJeff Butler
1993Witbank Black Aces1–0Kaizer Chiefs Johnny Ferreira
1994Vaal Professionals1–0Qwa Qwa Stars Simon "Bull" Lehoko
1995Cape Town Spurs3–0Pretoria City Flag of South AfricaMich D'Avray
1996Orlando Pirates1–0Jomo Cosmos Flag of Russia Good OneViktor Bondarenko
1997Not played
1998Mamelodi Sundowns1–1Orlando Pirates Romania Ted Dumitru
1999Supersport United2–1Kaizer Chiefs EnglandRoy Matthews
2000Kaizer Chiefs1–0Mamelodi Sundowns Flag of Turkey Muhsin Ertugral
2001Santos1–0Mamelodi Sundowns Flag of South AfricaClive Barker
2002Not played
2003Santos2–0Ajax Cape Town Flag of South AfricaBoebie Solomons
2004Moroka Swallows3–1Manning Rangers  Flag of South Africa Gavin Hunt
2005Supersport United1–0Wits University Flag of South Africa Pitso Mosimane
2006Kaizer Chiefs0–0Orlando PiratesKings Park StadiumGermany Ernst Middendorp
2007Ajax Cape Town2–0Mamelodi Sundowns Flag of Turkey Muhsin Ertugral
Nedbank Cup
2008Mamelodi Sundowns1–0Mpumalanga Black AcesJohannesburg StadiumFlag of South Africa Trott Moloto
2008-09Moroka Swallows1–0Pretoria UniversityRand StadiumBrazil Júlio César Leal
2009-10Bidvest Wits3–0AmaZuluSoccer CityFlag of South Africa Roger De Sá
2010-11Orlando Pirates3–1Black LeopardsMbombela StadiumNetherlands Ruud Krol
2011-12Supersport United2–0Mamelodi SundownsOrlando StadiumFlag of South Africa Gavin Hunt
2012-13Kaizer Chiefs1–0Supersport UnitedMoses Mabhida StadiumScotland Stuart Baxter
2013-14Orlando Pirates3–1Bidvest WitsMoses Mabhida StadiumFlag of Serbia Vladimir Vermezović
2014-15Mamelodi Sundowns0–0 (aet; 4–3 pen.)Ajax Cape TownNelson Mandela Bay StadiumFlag of South Africa Pitso Mosimane
2015-16Supersport United3–2Orlando PiratesPeter Mokaba StadiumScotland Stuart Baxter

External links

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Premier Soccer League South Africa Nedbank Cup
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SAFA Regional League List of leagues Telkom Knockout
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