Stars, Baroka set for Rustenburg battle

Stars, Baroka set for Rustenburg battle
Mthokozisi Dube of Orlando Pirates challenges Zama Rambuwane of Platinum Stars during Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Platinum Stars and Orlando Pirates in Phokeng at Royal Bafokeng Stadium Rustenburg ,South Africa on 27 January 2018 ©Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Feb 09, 2018. 05:00

Platinum Stars and Baroka FC will cross swords in one of the last Nedbank Cup last 32 matches, with the pair set to meet at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on 14 February 2018, kick-off at 19h30.

Stars come into the match having played to a 3-3 draw away to Chippa United in their last league match earlier this month. The Rustenburg side are placed stone last on the PSL log and may be prepared to sacrifice their cup hopes if it helps them avoid relegation from the top flight.

Dikwena have never won the Nedbank Cup, nor reached the final, while their participation in last year’s edition ended in the quarterfinals when they were beaten 1-0 by Golden Arrows in Durban.

Baroka come into the match having been beaten 2-0 at Free State Stars in a league clash this past weekend. The Limpopo side have won just one of their last five matches - three of which have ended in defeat - and will be looking for an upturn in form in this knockout clash.

Bakgaga have never won the Nedbank Cup, nor reached the final, while their participation in last year’s edition ended in the last 16 when they were beaten by their opponents for this match.

In head-to-head stats, Stars and Baroka have met in two previous cup matches. Both took place last season, with Bakgaga claiming a 3-1 home win in the last 16 of the Telkom Knockout, while Dikwena won 1-0 away from home (after extra time) when the teams met in the last 16 of last year’s Nedbank Cup.

Across all competitions, Stars and Baroka have met in five matches since the start of last season. The Limpopo side has claimed two wins compared to one for their Rustenburg counterparts, while two matches have been drawn.

One of those draws was in the teams’ most recent meeting, a league clash in Polokwane in late November 2017 which ended in a 2-2 draw. Dikwena twice led through Katlego Otladisa and Robert Ng’ambi, but Bakgaga’s Mpho Kgaswane and Robin Ngalande each netted equalisers.





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