Chiefs, Baroka resume Nedbank Cup rivalry

Chiefs, Baroka resume Nedbank Cup rivalry
George Maluleka of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Bidvest Wits and Kaizer Chiefs at Bidvest Stadium, Johannesburg South Africa on 03 February 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Mar 30, 2018. 11:30

Kaizer Chiefs and Baroka FC will renew their rivalry in the Nedbank Cup when they meet in the quarterfinals at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on on 31 March 2018, kick-off at 20h15.

Chiefs earned their place in the final eight with wins over Golden Arrows (3-0 at home) and Stellenbosch FC (2-1 at home) in the last 32 and last 16 respectively. They have had five different goal scorers thus far: Ryan Moon, Bernard Parker, Joseph Molangoane, Erick Mathoho and Leonardo Castro.

The Amakhosi have won a record 13 Nedbank Cup titles (1971, 1972, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1992, 2000, 2006, 2013) but last season they only got as far as the quarterfinals before being eliminated by eventual champions SuperSport United (who won on post-match penalties after the teams drew 1-1).

Chiefs come into the game on the back of a goalless draw at home to AmaZulu in a league clash on March 17. The Soweto giants have won just one of their last four matches across all competitions.

Baroka secured a spot in the quarterfinals thanks to wins over Platinum Stars (1-0 away) and Steenberg United (2-0 at home) in the last 32 and last 16 respectively. Gift Motupa, Rhulani Sidumo and Tebogo Sodi have all found the back of the net in the Nedbank Cup thus far.

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 the same Platinum Stars they ousted in the first round of the 2018 edition.

Baroka come into the game having had an extended break: they were not in league action on the weekend of March 16-18 before the recent international window. This means their last competitive game was the victory over Steenberg in the last 16 on March 10. It extended their unbeaten run to six matches across all competitions.

In head-to-head stats, Chiefs and Baroka have had only a single previous cup meeting, but it was a famous one: in the 2010/11 Nedbank Cup, Bakagaga – then a third-tier outfit – famously beat the Amakhosi 2-1 at home in the quarterfinals.

The teams have also become combatants in the top flight league following Baroka’s promotion in 2016. Their four PSL games have produced two draws and one victory each. The most recent match between the clubs saw Chiefs claim a 2-1 win in Polokwane on January 21.

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