Local Soccer: Netanya to visit Maccabi TA in Cup

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.

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