Celtic eyeing first Nedbank Cup final berth!

The Nedbank Cup semi-finals will resume over the weekend marking the return of football in the country for the first time since the coronavirus-enforced lockdown back in March.

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Bloemfontein Celtic and Baroka FC will battle it out for a place in the Nedbank Cup final when they meet in the first semifinal on Saturday afternoon 8 August 2020 at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

Baroka v Celtic to kick off return to professional football in ...
Baroka FC players and Bloemfontein Celtic players during the Absa Premiership match.
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The Mangaung-based club made it to the semi-finals after defeating AmaZulu (4-1), Maritzburg United (3-2), and TS Sporting (3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw) before going on a forced break. Meanwhile, Bakgakga overcame 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.

The two sides will be meeting for the first time in a cup competition having 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 favoured Celtic, who claim four points following a 0-0 draw in Polokwane in August 2019 and a 2-1 home win at the Dr Molemela Stadium in early March.

The winner of this match will secure a final berth where they will face either Mamelodi Sundowns or Bidvest Wits.