Celtic chase first Nedbank Cup final for 35 years

Celtic chase first Nedbank Cup final for 35 years
Bloemfontein Celtic players

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Aug 07, 2020. 09:03

Bloemfontein Celtic and Baroka FC will battle for a place in South Africa’s Nedbank Cup (FA Cup) final, with the match marking the return of football in the country for the first time since the coronavirus-enforced lockdown back in March.


The teams will meet in the first semifinal, set for Saturday 8 August 2020, with kick-off at 14:00 CAT at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto.


Celtic have earned their spot in the semifinals by defeating AmaZulu (4-1), Maritzburg United (3-2) and TS Sporting (3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw). The latter triumph over the National First Division side was their last competitive match, played on March 15.


Baroka, meanwhile, have overcome Polokwane City (1-0), Hungry Lions (4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw) and Black Leopards (1-0) to reach the final four. Their victory over Lidoda Duvha in the quarterfinals was also their last competitive outing, played on March 14.


In head-to-head terms, this will be the very first meeting of Baroka and Celtic in a cup clash.


The teams have been regular combatants in the top-flight league since 2016/17, with Phunya Sele Sele claiming three wins compared to just one for Bakgaga.


The teams’ two league meetings this season saw Celtic claim four points: a 0-0 draw in Polokwane in August 2019 and a 2-1 home win at the Dr. Molemela Stadium in early March, courtesy of goals from Tebogo Potsane and Ndumiso Mabena.


The winner of this match will face either Mamelodi Sundowns or Bidvest Wits in the final.


Baroka FC v Bloemfontein Celtic – Head-to-head


All cup results


N/A – This will be the first cup meeting of Baroka FC and Bloemfontein Celtic


All league results


Season Result Scorers


2016/17 Celtic 2-1 Baroka Sankara, Nyatama; Mothupa

2016/17 Baroka 1-1 Celtic Mahashe; Lakay

2017/18 Celtic 0-2 Baroka Moeti, Kgaswane

2017/18 Baroka 2-2 Celtic Banda 2; Letsoalo, Dlamini

2018/19 Celtic 1-0 Baroka Pfumbidzai

2018/19 Baroka 2-2 Celtic Tani (og), Mdantsane; Mabasa (2)

2019/20 Baroka 0-0 Celtic

2019/20 Celtic 2-1 Baroka Potsane, Mabena; Kambala


All competitions (since 2016/17)


P W D L GF GA


Baroka 8 1 4 3 9 10

Celtic 8 3 4 1 10 9







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