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Nedbank Cup Starting XI: Maritzburg United v Bloemfontein Celtic, 31 March 2018

By Soccer Laduma - Mar 31, 2018 02:25 PM

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.


Match Centre

Maritzburg United
Full Time
31 Mar 2018 15:30 Harry Gwala Stadium Nedbank Cup
Bloemfontein Celtic
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1’ Lebohang Maboe

80’ Andrea Fileccia

76’ Jacky Motshegwa

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Our next game is against maritzburg k4l
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Daniel D Apr 01, 2018 01:46 AM
This is the best team of choice In history!!
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scoreman99 Mar 31, 2018 06:43 PM
SA refs were earning peanuts 7 years back who will refuse a fat gold envelope delivered by the fat bobstew?now I retired rich and able to finish building my house,concluded former ref Buyile Gqubule
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Mandie07 Mar 31, 2018 06:35 PM
All right
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Skeem Sa HDK Mar 31, 2018 06:30 PM
Now all eyes on the biggest but under achieving team in the PSL. All our enemies now are looking forward to seeing us losing to Baroka. No complaints coz that's what I feel too about them when they play. Viva the Glamour Boys !
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scoreman99 Mar 31, 2018 06:27 PM
one between maritzburg nd Free state stars is going to play the final
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Skeem Sa HDK Mar 31, 2018 06:24 PM
Gordinho, Gordinho, Gordinho! This guy is costing Celtic like he was doing at Chiefs. His tackles are perfect but his positioning leaves a lot yo be desired. This makes him to be always a second or two late and puts other teammates including a goalkeeper in a panic mode.
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Golden Boots Mar 31, 2018 06:22 PM
That's Ma Team!
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setlaboswana Mar 31, 2018 06:12 PM
@PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN, if feliccia is too good for Maritzburg Utd, he is XXXtoo good for fau. How many times must I state that Kaizer 's club is no more, your are only left with the name?
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Myaka weliPhefeni Mar 31, 2018 05:59 PM
Dankie homeboyz
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This Feleccia is Now to good for Maritzburg......he deserves to play for Chiefs end of story Akere
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skols Mar 31, 2018 05:34 PM
Your publication is really a Mickey mouse.. You people failed to give us the starting 11 and the match updates but now that the game is over ya'l come out running with results
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Mcolisi Mr Nice Dlamini Mar 31, 2018 03:38 PM
mmmh early goal for maritzburg

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