Friday Aug 07, 2020. 11:00
Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits will meet in a heavyweight clash in the semifinals of the Nedbank Cup, as they cross swords at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday 8 August 2020, kick-off at 19:00 CAT.
Sundowns’ spot in the semis has been earned by victories over SuperSport United (1-0), VUT Students (2-0) and Highlands Park (1-0, after extra time) – the latter victory over the Lions of the North was their last competitive match, played on March 14.
Wits, meanwhile, have ousted Orlando Pirates (3-2 on penalties after a 3-3 draw), Chippa United (2-0) and Real Kings (4-0) to power into the final four. Their quarterfinal clash against Kings on March 13 was their last competitive outing.
The Clever Boys will view this Nedbank Cup as a last chance to win silverware for the historic club, as Wits recently sold their top-flight status to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila and will be no more once the 2019-20 season is finished – the new club will be renamed and relocated to the Limpopo province.
In head-to-head terms, Sundowns and Wits have met in 11 previous cup matches. The Brazilians have dominated in knockout ties (eight wins to two) but the Clever Boys romped to a 3-0 triumph when the teams last met in a cup game, the final of the 2016 MTN8.
Overall, ‘Downs have claimed 44 wins to Wits’ 19 in 80 matches across all competitions since 1985. The teams are very evenly-matched if their recent meetings are anything to go by: their last four league clashes against each other have all ended in draws, culminating in a goalless stalemate at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in January.
The winner of this match will meet either Baroka FC or Bloemfontein Celtic in the final.
Mamelodi Sundowns v Bidvest Wits – Head-to-head
All cup results
Season Cup Result Scorers
1990 BP Top 8, final, 1st leg Sundowns 2-0 Wits Chafunya, Moosa
1990 BP Top 8, final, 2nd leg Wits 0-3 Sundowns B. Masinga 2, Chitja
1990 JPS KO, semi, 1st leg Sundowns 0-0 Wits
1990 JPS KO, semi, 2nd leg Wits 1-2 Sundowns Gordon; Moosa, B. Masinga
1994 Coca-Cola, 1st round Sundowns 3-1 Wits B. Masinga, Moosa, Mudau; Simunji
1998/99 Rothmans, 2nd rd, 1st leg Wits 0-1 Sundowns Chukwu
1998/99 Rothmans, 2nd rd, 2nd leg Sundowns 2-1 Wits Mudau, B. Mnguni; Chikoti
2001/02 Coca-Cola, 1st round Sundowns 2-0 Wits Shai, McCarthy
2004/05 Coca-Cola, qfinal Wits 2-1 Sundowns Kapowezha, Noble; Kilambe
2011/12 Nedbank, 2nd round Wits 0-2 Sundowns Mushekwi 2
2016/17 MTN8, final Wits 3-0 Sundowns Klate 2, Rodgers
P W D L GF GA
Sundowns 11 8 1 2 18 8
Wits 11 2 1 8 8 18
Last 10 league results
Season Result Scorers
2015/16 Sundowns 4-2 Wits Malajila 2, Billiat, Modise; Klate 2
2015/16 Wits 0-1 Sundowns Billiat
2016/17 Sundowns 2-0 Wits Kekana, Vilakazi
2016/17 Wits 1-0 Sundowns Motshwari
2017/18 Wits 0-2 Sundowns Billiat 2
2017/18 Sundowns 2-0 Wits T. Zwane, Vilakazi
2018/19 Sundowns 1-1 Wits Kekana; Ritchie
2018/19 Wits 1-1 Sundowns Motupa; Mahlambi
2019/20 Wits 1-1 Sundowns Motupa; Sirino
2019/20 Sundowns 0-0 Wits
All competitions (since 1985)
P W D L GF GA
Sundowns 80 44 17 19 112 71
Wits 80 19 17 44 71 112