‘Downs, Wits set for heavyweight tussle

‘Downs, Wits set for heavyweight tussle
Sifiso Hlanti of Bidvest Wits challenged by Themba Zwane of Mamelodi Sundowns

by Graeme Jackson

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

Cup competitions


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)


Sundowns 80 44 17 19 112 71

Wits 80 19 17 44 71 112

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