Saturday Sep 12, 2020. 09:00
Bloemfontein Celtic and Mamelodi Sundowns will bring the 2019-20 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season to a close with their meeting in the Nedbank Cup final, set for Saturday 12 September 2020 at the Orlando Stadium, kick-off at 20:00 CAT.
Celtic earned their place in the final by defeating AmaZulu (4-1), Maritzburg United (3-2), TS Sporting (3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw) and Baroka FC (3-0). This is their first FA Cup final appearance since defeating African Wanderers in 1985 to win this competition for the only time in their history.
Sundowns, meanwhile, are four-time winners of the Nedbank Cup, with their most recent triumph arriving in 2015 when they overcame Ajax Cape Town on penalties.
The Brazilians earned their place in the final with victories over SuperSport United (1-0), VUT Students (2-0), Highlands Park (1-0, after extra time) and Bidvest Wits (3-2).
Both teams will be on a high after the league wrapped up last weekend: ‘Downs defeated Black Leopards 3-0 courtesy of a hat-trick from Lebohang Maboe, with the result enough to secure a third straight championship, while a Victor Letsoalo brace inspired Celtic to a 3-1 win over Maritzburg United which sealed a top-eight finish.
In head-to-head terms, Celtic and Sundowns have met in 14 previous cup matches since 1985. The Brazilians have claimed 10 wins compared to three for Phunya Sele Sele. The teams’ most recent cup clash was in the quarterfinals of the MTN8 earlier this season, with ‘Downs winning 3-1 thanks to goals from Themba Zwane, Mosa Lebusa and Keletso Makgalwa.
Yet Celtic will take heart from the fact that the last final between the teams – the Telkom Knockout back in 2012 – famously ended 1-0 in their favour, with a goal from Joel Mogorosi.
Overall, the teams have clashed in 78 matches across all competitions since 1985, with Sundowns picking up 42 wins compared to 16 for Celtic, while 20 games have ended in draws.
The teams’ two league meetings this season both went the way of the Brazilians, who won 2-1 home and away.
Bloemfontein Celtic v Mamelodi Sundowns – Head-to-head
All cup results (since 1985)
Season Cup Result Scorers
1987 Mainstay, 2nd round Celtic 2-1 Sundowns Saila 2; Cheou
1988 JPS, quarterfinal Sundowns 2-1 Celtic Chafunya 2; Saila
1989 Bob Save, qfinal Sundowns 3-1 Celtic Chitja, Legodi, Nakhumwa; Dandize
1993 Coca-Cola, qfinal Sundowns 0-1 Celtic Skosana
1996/97 Coca-Cola, 1st round Celtic 0-1 Sundowns Mudau
1999/00 Rothmans, qf, 1st leg Celtic 2-3 Sundowns Nikane, Matsau; Mnguni 2, Shai
1999/00 Rothmans, qf, 2nd leg Sundowns 3-1 Celtic Mudau, Shai, Amougou; Vries
2007/08 SAA Supa8, qfinal Sundowns 4-1 Celtic Moriri, Mhlongo, Leremi, Ngwenya; Mahlatsi
2011/12 MTN8, quarterfinal Sundowns 1-0 Celtic Khenyeza
2012/13 Telkom KO, final Celtic 1-0 Sundowns Mogorosi
2013/14 Telkom KO, 1st round Celtic 0-4 Sundowns Wome, Mzava (og), Billiat 2
2015/16 MTN8, quarterfinal Sundowns 1-1*Celtic Abdul Razak; Bilankulu
2018/19 Telkom KO, 1st round Sundowns 1-0 Celtic Sirino
2019/20 MTN8, qfinal Sundowns 3-1 Celtic Zwane, Lebusa, Makgalwa; Mabena
*After extra time, Celtic won 4-2 on penalties
P W D L GF GA
Celtic 14 3 1 10 12 27
Sundowns 14 10 1 3 27 12
Last 10 league results
Season Result Scorers
2015/16 Celtic 0-1 Sundowns Laffor
2015/16 Sundowns 1-3 Celtic Arendse; Lakay, Abdul Razak, Phalane
2016/17 Celtic 0-1 Sundowns T. Zwane
2016/17 Sundowns 0-0 Celtic
2017/18 Sundowns 4-1 Celtic Sekotlong, Mabunda, Tau, T. Zwane; Pfumbidzai
2017/18 Celtic 0-0 Sundowns
2018/19 Celtic 0-0 Sundowns
2018/19 Sundowns 0-0 Celtic
2019/20 Celtic 1-2 Sundowns Motebang (pen); Lebusa, Zwane (pen)
2019/20 Sundowns 2-1 Celtic Vilakazi, Kekana; Mabena
All competitions (since 1985)
P W D L GF GA
Celtic 78 16 20 42 69 101
Sundowns 78 42 20 16 101 69