Absa Premiership

Roses face 'big brother' Celtic

2015-02-20 10:20
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Cape Town - Bloemfontein Celtic and Roses United will meet for a derby clash in the last 32 of the Nedbank Cup at Free State Stadium.

Read: Celtic harbour top-four hopes

Celtic and Roses have close ties, but for this clash their friendly relationship will be put aside as they compete to progress into the next round of South Africa’s most prestigious cup competition.

Phunya Sele Sele reached the quarterfinals of last year’s Nedbank Cup before falling to eventual runners-up Bidvest Wits, and they will be looking for another strong showing in 2015.

Roses, meanwhile, are appearing in the Nedbank Cup last 32 for the second time. Their debut arrived in 2012 when they defeated Polokwane City 2-0 before losing 1-0 to Santos in the last 16.

They compete in the Free State ABC Motsepe League and have performed strongly this season, having also spent two years in the National First Division from 2012 to 2014.

United defeated, North West Shining Stars, in the preliminary round to earn the match against ‘big brothers’Celtic.

Phunya Sele Sele have demonstrated some fine form since the resumption of the PSL earlier this month, first holding runaway league leaders Kaizer Chiefs to a goalless draw, before thumping AmaZulu 3-0 last weekend.

However, their good form is no guarantee of success against Roses, who will be aiming to keep up the Nedbank Cup’s tradition of upset victories.

Kick-off is at 15:00 on Sunday, February 22.

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