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Nedbank Cup Quarter-final

Teams: Maritzburg United v Bloemfontein Celtic

Date: 18 March 2018

Venue: Harry Gwala Stadium

Maritzburg United and Bloemfontein Celtic will be looking to book a place in the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup when they lock horns in a quarter-final match at the Harry Gwala stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The match is scheduled to get underway at 15h30.

Maritzburg earned their place in the final eight thanks to victories over Swallows FC (3-1 away after extra time) and Royal Eagles (2-1 away).

The Team of Choice have never won the Nedbank Cup, nor reached the final, while their participation in the 2017 edition was ended in the last 32 round when they were beaten 3-1 at KwaZulu-Natal rivals Golden Arrows.

Maritzburg come into the game on the back of a 2-1 home win over Polokwane on March 16 in a league clash. They have put together a sequence of six unbeaten games, five of which ended in victories.

Celtic claimed their spot in the quarterfinals with a penalty shootout win over SuperSport United in the last 32 (the teams drew 1-1 after extra time), before ousting Richards Bay 3-1 in the last 16.

Phunya Sele Sele have won the Nedbank Cup just once, back in 1985, while their participation in the 2017 edition ended in the quarterfinals when they were beaten 2-1 after extra time by eventual runners-up Orlando Pirates.

Celtic come into the game on the back of a 1-0 home win over Platinum Stars in the league on March 18. They have won three of their last four matches across all competitions.

In head-to-head stats, Maritzburg and Celtic have met in just two previous cup matches: United have beaten the Bloemfontein side 2-1 and 2-0 in a 2010/11 Telkom Knockout last 16 match and 2011/12 Nedbank Cup last 32 tie respectively.

Here is how they line up.

Maritzburg: 31 Ofori, 6 Tlhone, 25 Xulu, 25 Shandu, 23 De Reuck, 15 Maboe, 8 Ndlovu, 11 Makaringe, 14 Matima, 9 Fileccia, 28 Mekoa.

Subs: 1 Mpandle, 12 Van Wyk, 22 Mokate, 29 McDonald, 18 Eksteen, 10 Atouba, 36 Kunene.

Celtic: 34 Dambe, 3 Pfumbidzai, 25 Rikhotso, 27 Ndengane, 22 Gordinho, 26 Lubisi, 4 Dlamini, 35 Baloyi, 7 Hotto, 6 Maruping, 45 Nyundu.

Subs: 30 Tignyemb, 23 Shikweni, 55 Mabasa, 33 Motshegwa, 10 Mabena, 24 Maema, 13 Letsoalo.

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