Nedbank Cup semis: Soweto giants avoid each other

Kaizer Chiefs will play Bidvest Wits, while Orlando Pirates have been drawn against Maritzburg United.

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CAPE TOWN - Soweto giants Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs have managed to avoid one another in the draw for the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup.

The Amakhosi have been drawn to face Bidvest Wits, while the Buccaneers will take on Maritzburg United in the final four, setting up the tantalising prospect of a Soweto derby in the final.

Pirates beat Thanda Royal Zulu, Santos and Mamelodi Sundowns en route to the semis, and will be desperate for another crack at landing silverware after falling short in three other finals already this season.

Chiefs beat SuperSport United in the quarterfinals, and head into the last four as clear favourites to lift the trophy when their record in cup competitions is taken into account.

Maritzburg United coach Steve Komphela has never won a trophy as a coach, and will be keen to finally go all the way after guiding his side through a tough tie against National First Division side African Warriors.

Bidvest Wits boast the in-form Sibusiso Vilakazi in their ranks, and are in red hot form in the Premier Soccer League. Gavin Hunt's team overcame Bloemfontein Celtic in a tough encounter at the Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium on Sunday to secure their place in the penultimate round of the competition.

Dates and venues for the semi-final fixtures are still to be confirmed, with both Chiefs and Pirates playing their ties away from home.