Cape Town - Baroka and Wits meet in the Telkom Knockout for the second
season in a row after the Clever Boys claimed a 1-0 success in the quarter-finals
in 2017 on their way to lifting the trophy. Egyptian forward Amr Gamal scored
the only goal of the game on that occasion.
Baroka have reached the semi-final stage of the Telkom
Knockout for the first time in their history having exited in the quarter-finals
in the previous two seasons.
Wits will play their fifth Telkom Knockout semi-final in the
PSL era. They lost in 2003 and 2004 but claimed victories in 2011 and 2017.
Baroka and Wits have clashed in five previous occasions with
the encounters largely dominated by the Johannesburg team. They have four wins
and a draw from those encounters, while they have outscored their opponents
In fact, Baroka have yet to score from open play against
Wits in almost eight hours of football, with their only goal a penalty from
Gift Motupa in a 1-1 league draw at Wits last season.
Wits’ previous two away games against Baroka have resulted
in 2-0 and 1-0 wins. Both were league encounters.
Wits have won each of their last six Telkom Knockout
fixtures, scoring 10 goals in that time and conceding only three. Their last
defeat was a 3-1 first round loss to Free State Stars in 2016.
This will be Baroka’s seventh Telkom Knockout game since
they won promotion for the 2016/17 season and will be the sixth time they have
played at home. The only time they have played away was that 1-0 loss at Wits
Baroka have been involved in 11 cup matches in all
competitions in their Premier Soccer League history. They have won seven and
In all Wits have played 43 matches in the Telkom Knockout in
the PSL era. They have won 19 of those, lost 17 and been involved in seven
draws. They have scored 43 goals to their opponents’ 42.
Wits are the defending Telkom Knockout champions. They
endured a difficult campaign in the 2017/18 season but shone in this
competition as they claimed a third victory to follow successes in 1985 and
Kick-off is Sunday at 15:00.