Maccabi Tel Aviv will host Maccabi Netanya in one
of five all Premier League ties to be played in the ninth round of the
State Cup on February 9/10.
draw at Israel Football Association headquarters at National Stadium in
Ramat Gan also handed Hapoel Tel Aviv a tricky road match at Hapoel
Haifa in the last 32, the first round of matches to include the
Bnei Yehuda will expect to get the better of Hapoel Acre at
home, with Hapoel Petah Tikva hosting Hapoel Ra'anana and Ahi Nazareth
visiting Maccabi Petah Tikva.
"This is clearly a tough draw, but we are focusing on the
league for the moment and will think of the cup when the time is
right," Maccabi Tel Aviv coach Avi Nimni said.
Defending cup holder Betar Jerusalem, which is
looking for a third straight triumph, visits National League club
Maccabi Beersheba while Maccabi Haifa hosts Hapoel Kfar Saba.
"We learned from our loss to Ra'anana in the Toto Cup that
there is no such thing as easy draws," Haifa captain Yaniv Katan said,
referring to last week's semifinal defeat.
Also Tuesday, the results
of the Israel Football Association board elections held on Monday were
announced. The Maccabi/Hapoel list received 25 mandates with the
Betar/Shimshon list getting a surprise four seats.
The new board will gather for its first meeting on Thursday and
is expected to elect Avi Luzon for a second term as IFA chairman.