Absa Premiership

Celtic out to stop Wits' dominance

2016-03-04 13:15
Gavin Hunt and Jabulani Shongwe (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Bidvest Wits and Bloemfontein Celtic will meet for an all-top flight clash in the last 32 of the Nedbank Cup.

The teams will meet at the Bidvest Stadium on Friday, March 4.

Kick-off is at 20:00.


Wits have won five of their last six matches across all competitions, with their last outing a massive 6-0 win over Light Stars of the Seychelles in the CAF Confederation Cup on February 27. Their last league match was a narrow 2-1 away win over Maritzburg United in which they needed a late goal from James Keene to secure victory.

Celtic come into this clash on the back of three successive losses in the league (all by a 0-1 score line) and they are on a poor run of form which has seen them win just one of their last 16 matches across all competitions. They have scored just three goals in their last eight matches.


Wits and Celtic have met in nine previous cup matches, with the Johannesburg side holding a 7-1 advantage on terms of wins, while also claiming a penalty shootout victory from the teams’ only cup draw. That stalemate occurred in their most recent cup game, a goalless draw in the quarterfinals of the 2014 MTN8 – the Clever Boys won the shootout 4-3. In the Nedbank Cup, the teams last met in the quarterfinals in 2014, with Wits winning 2-1 away.

In all, the teams have faced off in 62 league and cup matches since 1985: Wits have 28 wins compared to 18 for Celtic. However, Phunya Sele Sele got the better of the Clever Boys in the teams’ most recent meeting, winning 2-1 at home in a league clash in late January. They also held Wits to a goalless draw in Johannesburg back in October.


Wits have won the Nedbank Cup twice, with their most recent triumph arriving in 2010 when they defeated AmaZulu in the final, and they were also runners-up in 2005. Last season the Clever Boys were beaten 2-1 in the quarterfinals by eventual runners-up Ajax Cape Town.

Celtic’s only Nedbank Cup title arrived in 1985 when they defeated African Wanderers 2-1 after extra time in the final. Last season Phunya Sele Sele were beaten 1-0 in the last 16 by eventual runners-up Ajax Cape Town.


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