Capetonians ready to welcome thousands as Nedbank’s final curtain-falls

Venue: Cape Town Stadium. Kick-off 7pm. Date: May 19.

Hard work pays. Maritzburg United boss Farook Kadodia (right), youngest coach Fadlu Davids (white shirt) and the players in CT as they prepare for finals.

Nedbank, synonymous for their conservation and nature programmes (Green Bank as it is known) has called on Capetonians and visitors alike, to join the campaign in an effort to clean beaches, communities and finally enjoy the spectacle of a grand finale in the evening as KZN side takes on the FS based outfit.

The first 10 000 cleanup volunteers will receive free tickets to Cup Final as well as a Nedbank goodie bag and Nedbank T-shirt. And 10 double-ticket lucky draw winners will enjoy the Nedbank VIP experience at the finals.

“Nedbank prides itself on its reputation as money experts who do good, and the #cleanup4thecup campaign demonstrates what we are all about: bringing communities together to improve people’s lives and environments,” says the head of Group Sponsorship and Cause Marketing at Nedbank, Tobie Badenhorst.

Either side stand a chance to pocket a whopping R7 million, silverware and a place in the African Champs league.

Maritzburg United chairman Farook Kadodia has spoken of the long journey that the club has travelled to reach their first cup final.

“This is a milestone for Maritzburg United. It’s been a long journey. Fifteen years in the National Soccer League and our first cup final. It’s full of emotions,” Kadodia said.

“I must thank the people, the fans. For 15 years, they have been behind us and they have built a brand. I must thank the coach, Davids; he has done a sterling job.

“I always believed in his abilities this season and I told him that we need to do something better than last season. What a benchmark.

“I think Fadlu and his technical team have done an excellent job with this team. The young team that we have, they have produced the best results.”

Meanwhile, Free State Stars manager Rantsi Mokoena has slammed corporate SA for not supporting football financially, as it does to rugby and cricket.

Shooting from the hip. Stars GM Rantsi Mokoena, has pointed a finger at corporate sector to be more involved in black communities. He’s seated next to controversial coach Luc Eymael, who is rumoured to be headed to AmaKhosi.

This comes after the Free State government had promised to provide 15 buses to transport fans to the Nedbank Cup final at Cape Town Stadium.

“I am not sure if I want to have this conversation in front of the cameras,” Mokoena said. “It baffles me. I really don’t understand how football being football in this country, consumed by the majority of the population, yet you have so many clubs in the PSL without sponsors.

“If I must compare with other sporting codes, and not to undermine those codes, but there are some cricket teams that I don’t even know what they are called but they are well sponsored. I doubt that they are doing anything different to what we are doing, except for perhaps that the economy is in different hands. Like I said, I don’t really want to get into this conversation because it may get very political.

“We simply don’t have enough representation in the boardroom as black people,” Mokoena was quoted.

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