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 is based on the English FA Cup, which has become known for "giant killings" (lower league clubs defeating a top flight club).

Nedbank Cup
Region South Africa
Number of teams32
Current championsTS Galaxy (2018–19) (1st title)
Most successful club(s)Kaizer Chiefs (13 titles)
Mottoke yona (the one)
2018–19 Nedbank Cup


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 R7 million.[1] The winner also qualifies for the next season's CAF Confederation Cup.

Prize money

Position Prize money (R)
Quarter finals
Last 16
Last 32

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  Eddie Lewis
1979Kaizer Chiefs3–3Highlands Park FC  Mario Tuani
1980Orlando Pirates3–2Moroka Swallows 
1981Kaizer Chiefs1–1Orlando Pirates Elkiam Khumalo
1982Kaizer Chiefs2–1African Wanderers 
1983Moroka Swallows1–0Witbank Black Aces  Mario Tuani
1984Kaizer Chiefs1–0Orlando Pirates  Joe Frickleton
1985Bloemfontein Celtic2–1African Wanderers Dave Roberts
1986Mamelodi Sundowns1–0Jomo Cosmos Stanley Tshabalala
1987Kaizer Chiefs1–0AmaZulu  Ted Dumitru
Bob Save Super Bowl
1988Orlando Pirates2–1Kaizer Chiefs  Walter da Silva
1989Moroka Swallows1–1Mamelodi Sundowns  Eddie Lewis
1990Jomo Cosmos1–0AmaZulu  Roy Matthews
1991Moroka Swallows2–1Jomo Cosmos 
1992Kaizer Chiefs2–1Jomo Cosmos  Jeff Butler
1993Witbank Black Aces1–0Kaizer Chiefs Johnny Ferreira
1994Vaal Professionals1–0Qwa Qwa Stars Simon "Bull" Lehoko
1995Cape Town Spurs3–0Pretoria City  Mich D'Avray
1996Orlando Pirates1–0Jomo Cosmos Viktor Bondarenko
1997Not played
1998Mamelodi Sundowns1–1Orlando Pirates  Ted Dumitru
1999Supersport United2–1Kaizer Chiefs  Roy Matthews
2000Kaizer Chiefs1–0Mamelodi Sundowns  Muhsin Ertugral
2001Santos1–0Mamelodi Sundowns  Clive Barker
2002Not played
2003Santos2–0Ajax Cape Town  Boebie Solomons
2004Moroka Swallows3–1Manning Rangers  Gavin Hunt
2005Supersport United1–0Wits University  Pitso Mosimane
2006Kaizer Chiefs0–0Orlando PiratesKings Park Stadium Ernst Middendorp
2007Ajax Cape Town2–0Mamelodi Sundowns  Muhsin Ertugral
Nedbank Cup
2008Mamelodi Sundowns1–0Mpumalanga Black AcesJohannesburg Stadium Trott Moloto
2008–09Moroka Swallows1–0Pretoria UniversityRand Stadium Júlio César Leal
2009–10Bidvest Wits3–0AmaZuluSoccer City Roger De Sá
2010–11Orlando Pirates3–1Black LeopardsMbombela Stadium Ruud Krol
2011–12Supersport United2–0Mamelodi SundownsOrlando Stadium Gavin Hunt
2012–13Kaizer Chiefs1–0Supersport UnitedMoses Mabhida Stadium Stuart Baxter
2013–14Orlando Pirates3–1Bidvest WitsMoses Mabhida Stadium Vladimir Vermezović
2014–15Mamelodi Sundowns0–0 (aet; 4–3 pen.)Ajax Cape TownNelson Mandela Bay Stadium Pitso Mosimane
2015–16Supersport United3–2Orlando PiratesPeter Mokaba Stadium Stuart Baxter
2016–17Supersport United4–1Orlando PiratesMoses Mabhida Stadium Stuart Baxter
2017–18Free State Stars1–0Maritzburg UnitedCape Town Stadium Luc Eymael
2018–19[2]TS Galaxy1–0Kaizer ChiefsMoses Mabhida Stadium Dan Malesela

Results by team

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 2019 18
Orlando Pirates 8 1973 2014 9 2017 17
Moroka Swallows 5 1983 2009 1 1980 6
Supersport United 5 1999 2017 1 2013 6
Mamelodi Sundowns 4 1986 2015 5 2012 9
Wits University 2 1978 2010 2 2014 4
Santos 2 2001 2003 0 2
Jomo Cosmos 1 1990 1990 4 1996 5
Ajax Cape Town 1 2007 2007 2 2015 3
Witbank Black Aces 1 1993 1993 1 1983 2
Free State Stars / Qwa Qwa Stars 1 2018 2018 1 1994 2
Bloemfontein Celtic 1 1985 1985 0 1
Cape Town Spurs 1 1995 1995 0 1
TS Galaxy 1 2019 2019 0 1
Vaal Professionals 1 1994 1994 0 1
Amazulu 0 6 2010 6
African Wanderers 0 2 1985 2
Black Leopards 0 1 2011 1
Highlands Park FC 0 1 1979 1
Manning Rangers 0 1 2004 1
Maritzburg United 0 1 2018 1
Mpumalanga Black Aces 0 1 2008 1
Pretoria City 0 1 1995 1
Pretoria University 0 1 2009 1


  1. "Prize Money". Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  2. "Nedbank Cup match report Kaizer Chiefs v TS Galaxy 18 May 2019". KickOff. Retrieved 2019-05-18.
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