Tough ties for Soweto duo

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Chiefs tackle table-topping Ajax Cape Town at home, while Pirates will travel to the Mother City to take on Santos, the side who defeated them 2-1 in an Absa Premiership clash at the weekend.

Other plum ties see Supersport United host Mamelodi Sundowns in a Tshwane Derby, while Golden Arrows take on Jomo Cosmos and Free State Stars meet Platinum Stars in other all-Absa Premiership match-ups.

Riches await the winners with a R6-million pay-day for the team that hoists the trophy in the Final on May 24, while the runners-up claim a cheque for R2.5-million and the losing semfinalists R1-million each.

The total prize-money for the tournament is R19.3-million and the winners will also represent South Africa in the 2009 CAF Confederation Cup.

FIRST ROUND DRAWMpumalanga Black Aces vs Thanda Royal ZuluAmaZulu vs Young OnesYebo Yes United vs FC AKKaizer Chiefs vs Ajax Cape TownFC Cape Town vs Durban StarsGolden Arrows vs Jomo CosmosMatatiel Professionals vs Bloemfontein Young TigersSupersport United vs Mamelodi SundownsFree State Stars vs Platinum StarsBidVest Wits vs Winners ParkInspection FC vs Black LeopardsSantos vs Orlando PiratesNathi Lions vs North West Shining StarsAfrican Warriors vs Moroka SwallowsIkapa Sporting FC vs Bloemfontein CelticPeace Lovers or Classic vs Vasco da GamaTeam listed first are home. Ties to be played March 12, 14, 15, 16.