Friday Dec 11, 2020. 09:00
Bloemfontein Celtic and Orlando Pirates will battle for the first piece of silverware on offer in South Africa’s 2020-21 season, as they meet in the MTN8 final. The clash is scheduled for 18:00 CAT on Saturday, 12 December, at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
Celtic have reached their first MTN8 final since winning the competition back in 2005 (when it was still titled the SAA Supa8), thanks to victories over Tshwane sides Mamelodi Sundowns (1-0 away in the quarterfinals) and SuperSport United (2-1 on aggregate in the semifinals).
Phunya Sele Sele come into the match on the back of a 0-2 loss at home to DR Congo’s Maniema Union in the CAF Confederation Cup last weekend – though the Bloemfontein team ultimately progressed via penalties after the tie ended 2-2 on aggregate. Their last domestic clash was a 1-0 league win over Black Leopards in late November.
Pirates are back in the MTN8 final for the first time since 2014 (when they were beaten 1-0 by arch rivals Kaizer Chiefs). The Buccaneers had no problem overcoming the Amakhosi in the semifinals this season, racking up a 5-0 aggregate win, while the quarterfinals saw them narrowly edge Cape Town City 1-0.
The Buccaneers were most recently in action away to Cape Town City last Saturday, playing out a 2-2 league draw in which Vincent Pule scored a brace of goals to help them twice come from behind and claim a point – retaining their unbeaten status thus far in 2020-21.
In head-to-head stats, Celtic and Pirates have met in 13 previous cup matches. The Buccaneers have claimed seven outright wins (plus one by penalty shootout) compared to two (plus two by penalty shootout) for Phunya Sele Sele.
The teams’ most recent knockout tie was in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Nedbank Cup, a match Pirates won after extra time thanks to goals from Abbubaker Mobara and Thamsanqa Gabuza.
Overall, the clubs have clashed in 78 matches across all competitions since 1985. Pirates have taken 40 wins compared to 17 for Celtic, while 21 games have been drawn. They have met once already this season, with a league game at Dr Molemela Stadium in early November ending 1-0 in favour of Bucs thanks to a late strike from Siphesihle Ndlovu.
PREVIOUS CUP MEETINGS (since 1985)
Season Cup Result Scorers
1988 JPS 1st round Celtic 3-0 Pirates Skhosana, Modise, Nakhumwa
1993 Bob Save 1st round Celtic 1-2 Pirates Maboe; Mncwango, Shimbala
1998/99 Rothmans 1st rd 1st leg Celtic 1-4 Pirates Kukame; Zuma 3, Silent
1998/99 Rothmans 1st rd 2nd leg Pirates 1-1 Celtic Zwane; Vries
2005/06 SAA Supa8 semifinal Pirates 1-1*Celtic Okonkwo; Batabaire
2005/06 Coca-Cola Cup 1st round Pirates 0-0**Celtic
2006/07 Absa Cup 2nd round Celtic 2-2***Pirates Mahlatsi, Chalwe; Vilakazi 2
2008/09 Telkom KO semifinal Celtic 0-3 Pirates Thwala, Mhlongo, Chenene
2008/09 Nedbank Cup 2nd round Celtic 2-1 Pirates Malokase, Smith; Mthembu
2009/10 Telkom KO 1st round Pirates 1-0 Celtic Mabena
2009/10 Nedbank Cup 1st round Pirates 2-1 Celtic Mongalo, Makonese; Mayambela (pen)
2012/13 MTN8 quarterfinal Pirates 1-0 Celtic Jali (pen)
2016/17 Nedbank Cup qfinal Pirates 2-1 Celtic Mobara, Gabuza; Mahlasela
*Celtic won 5-3 on penalties
** Pirates won 4-3 on penalties
***Celtic won 3-2 on penalties
LAST 10 LEAGUE RESULTS
Season Result Scorers
2015/16 Pirates 1-0 Celtic Makola
2016/17 Pirates 1-2 Celtic Manyisa; Dube, Rikhotso
2016/17 Celtic 0-0 Pirates
2017/18 Celtic 0-1 Pirates Nyatama
2017/18 Pirates 2-1 Celtic Nyatama, Mulenga; Gordinho
2018/19 Celtic 1-0 Pirates Sam
2018/19 Pirates 1-1 Celtic Memela; Rikhotso
2019/20 Pirates 3-1 Celtic Mulenga, Maela, Mhango; Mahashe
2019/20 Celtic 1-1 Pirates Luthuli; Mhango
2020/21 Celtic 0-1 Pirates Ndlovu
CUP RECORD (since 1985)
P W D L GF GA
Celtic 13 2 4 7 13 20
Pirates 13 7 4 2 20 13
OVERALL RECORD (all competitions, since 1985)
P W D L GF GA
Celtic 78 17 21 40 78 103
Pirates 78 40 21 17 103 78