Wits, City renew rivalry in Nedbank Cup

Wits, City renew rivalry in Nedbank Cup
Elias Pelembe of Bidvest Wits challenged by Ayanda Patosi of Cape Town City during 2017 MTN8 game between Bidvest Wits and Cape Town City at Bidvest Wits Stadium on 10 September 2017@Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Feb 06, 2018. 10:24

Bidvest Wits and Cape Town City will renew their rivalry when they meet in a last 32 clash for the Nedbank Cup, set for the Bidvest Stadium on 7 February 2018, kick-off at 19h30.

Wits come into the game having held Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs to a 1-1 home draw in the Absa Premiership this past weekend. The Johannesburg side has endured a tough league campaign, but they are unbeaten in their last five games and showed their cup pedigree by winning the Telkom Knockout earlier this season.

The Clever Boys are two-time winners of the Nedbank Cup (1978 & 2010) and last season they got as far as the last 16 before being ousted by Jomo Cosmos - the teams played out a 1-1 draw after extra time before Ezenkosi triumphed 5-4 on penalties.

City come into the game having suffered a 1-0 loss at home to Mamelodi Sundowns in a top-of-the-table league clash this past weekend. The Cape Town side, though, has won four of its last seven matches and will be itching for cup success after losing out in the final of the MTN8 earlier this season.

The Citizens are taking part in just their second Nedbank Cup campaign. Their debut in 2017 ended in the last 32 round as they succumbed 1-0 away to lower-league Acornbush United in one of the biggest upsets of the competition.

In head-to-head stats, Wits and City have met in four previous cup matches. The Citizens have claimed two wins compared to one for the Clever Boys, while one game was drawn. The teams’ cup meetings have all been in the semifinals of the MTN8: last season Wits beat City 3-0 on aggregate over two legs, while earlier in this campaign the Cape side claimed revenge with a 3-1 aggregate win.

Across all competitions, Wits and City have met in seven matches. The Cape side has dominated the rivalry thus far, with four wins compared to just one for their Johannesburg counterparts. Their last meeting was in the second leg of the MTN8 semifinal back in September, which saw the Citizens claim a 2-1 away win. The teams will cross swords again in their second league clash of the season on February 24.




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