Cosmos, Wits renew their cup rivalry

Cosmos, Wits renew their cup rivalry
Buhle Mkhwanazi of Bidvest Wits challenged by Yannick Zakri of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits at Loftus Stadium, Pretoria South Africa on 25 February 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Apr 03, 2017. 13:30

Jomo Cosmos and Bidvest Wits will renew their rivalry when they meet in the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup on 4 April 2017. The match is scheduled for the Tsakane Stadium, with kick-off at 19h30 CAT.

Cosmos earned their place in the second round of the competition thanks to a comfortable 3-0 win over United Rovers on March 11. The Gauteng club are previous winners of the Nedbank Cup, defeating AmaZulu 1-0 in the 1990 final. They also appeared in the finals of the 1986, 1991, 1992 and 1996 editions.

Wits claimed a place in the last 16 of the competition thanks to a 2-0 win over Cape Town All Stars on March 15. The Johannesburg side have won the Nedbank Cup twice (1978 and 2010) and were runners-up in 2005 and 2014.

This will be the eighth cup meeting of Cosmos and Wits in a head-to-head history which stretches back to 1985. The record is almost dead-even between the teams: three wins apiece, one draw, eight goals for Ezenkosi and seven for the Clever Boys.

The teams’ most recent cup clash was in the quarterfinals of the 2011/12 Telkom Knockout, where Sibusiso Vilakazi scored the only goal of the game to see Wits to a narrow away win.

Overall, the teams have clashed in 55 matches across all competitions. Again the record is very close: 18 wins for Cosmos compared to 17 for Wits, with 20 games drawn.

However, the Clever Boys did claim a league ‘double’ over Cosmos in the top flight last season, winning 3-1 at home and 1-0 away to contribute to Ezenkosi’s relegation.

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