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NC Pros have sights set on Nedbank Cup glory

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The one year-old club was formed by veteran footballer and former William Pescod Athletic assistant coach Sebastian in early 2018 in Olifantshoek

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Newly-formed football club Northern Cape Professionals (NC Pros) of Olifantshoek have landed in the pound seats with their first ever entry to the lucrative Nedbank Cup competition’s last 32 round, this barely a year after their formation by former amateur footballer and coach Robert Sebastian.

NC Pros will face Mbombela United FC in the Nedbank Last 32 round on Sunday in Nelspruit at 3pm. The one year-old club was formed by veteran footballer and former William Pescod Athletic assistant coach Sebastian in early 2018 in Olifantshoek.

The team was formed in time to register for the Olifantshoek Local Football Association’s season from where they were drawn to play in the pre-qualification rounds of the Nedbank Cup.

Sebastian explained that NC Pros played four pre-qualification games in the Olifantshoek LFA jurisdiction of the competition. After a successful round of eliminations they were pitted against the SAB district teams in the John Taolo Gaetsewe region where they were successful in all the three matches they played.

The new team then went up another notch in the qualification stages and played NC Liverpool, the Province’s ABC Motsepe League winners. NC Pros comfortably managed to beat them 3-0.

This string of wins set up NC Pros for the appointment with Mbombela United.

The team has already pocketed a whopping R100 000 by qualifying for Sunday’s game, and should they progress beyond Mbombela to the last 16 stage they will be rewarded with a further R200 000 appearance fee by the sponsors, said Sebastian.

The manager profusely thanked Kumba Iron Ore Mine, who operate in the JTG area, for having picked up the travel bill and weeklong accommodation as well as the bill for a complete playing kit for the squad of 23 players.

As for their chances of progressing to the next stage, Sebastian offered a very cautious answer saying they have a “50-50” chance against Mbombela, simply based on the level of experience of their hosts.