PSL legend Lefa Tsutsulupa believes Bloemfontein Celtic will go all out and beat Orlando Pirates in the final of the MTN8 on Saturday night.
Celtic and Pirates will do battle in the 2020 MTN8 final at Moses Mabhida Stadium at 18:00.
This will just be the third time these two sides have clashed in the MTN8 competition since 1985, with their first meeting in the 2005 semi-final when Bloemfontein Celtic ran out 5-3 winners on penalties following a 1-1 draw.
The second meeting was a quarterfinal in 2012 as a penalty by Andile Jali settled the contest in Orlando Pirates’ favour.
Tsutsulupa, who played for Siwelele between 1999 and 2003, has tipped his former side to cause an upset tonight.
“I am never neutral and in this case I was never neutral so from the onset I have always been backing Bloemfontein Celtic,” Tsutsulupa tells FARPost.
“I think they will go all out to win this one. Whether they are winning 1-0, whether they are winning 5-0, it doesn’t make a difference. For me I just want to see Celtic lifting this trophy.
“People must expect a very exciting Wafa Wafa final, I think the MTN8 has given these two teams a great platform to showcase their strength and what a better way to have Orlando Pirates and Bloemfontein Celtic in the finals,. So yeah it is going to be a very exciting match,” he said.
These two sides have met on 78 previous occasions since the formation of the National Soccer League in 1985. Pirates have traditionally dominated with 40 wins to Celtic’s 17, with a further 21 games draws. The Buccaneers also lead the scoring stakes with 109 to Celtic’s 69.
The teams have also met in 13 cup games in that time, of which Pirates have won seven to just two for Celtic. There have also been four draws. The two outright Celtic wins were in the JPS Knockout first round in 1998 (3-0) and the Nedbank Cup Last 16 in 2009 (2-1).
The last 10 meetings between the sides, dating back to the 2016/17 season, have resulted in five wins for Pirates, two for Celtic and three draws. There was just one goalless draw in that time.
The match starts 18:00.
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By Ofhani Munyai