Nedbank Cup

QUICK FACTS: Chippa United vs Polokwane City

QUICK FACTS: Chippa United vs Polokwane City

Chippa United are seeking a first ever appearance in the Nedbank Cup quarterfinals when they host Polokwane City at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Here are some key facts and figures from Saturday’s clash.

- Chippa United and Polokwane City have met on eight previous occasions – in the National First Division, Premier League and Nedbank Cup.

- Of those eight matches, Polokwane have won on five occasions, with a single win for Chippa and two draws. Polokwane have outscored their opponents 11-6.

- In matches played at Chippa’s home venue, The Chilli Boyz have claimed one win and there have been two draws. Chippa have outscored the Limpopo side 4-3.

- The sides have only ever met once in knockout competitions and that was in the Nedbank Cup in 2012. Polokwane claimed a 1-0 success thanks to a goal from the late Khomotso Mpaketsane.

- The teams have met once so far this season, with Polokwane claiming a 1-0 home success in December thanks to a goal from skipper Jabu Maluleke. As fate would have it, the return fixture is in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday, three days after their Nedbank Cup clash.

- After much disappointment in previous Nedbank Cup campaigns, Chippa reached the Last 16 for the first time this season when they defeated Witbank Spurs 1-0. Lerato Manzini, who is suspended for this game, scored their only goal.

- City gave a single win and a single defeat from their previous Nedbank Cup Last 16 matches, claiming victory over Platinum Stars last season, but losing to Kaizer Chiefs in 2013.

- Chippa have not enjoyed the greatest form of late, with just a single win in their last eight games in all competitions. That was in the Nedbank Cup against Spurs.

- Polokwane City are currently under the stewardship of caretaker coach Bernard Molekwa after their former coach Luc Eymael left the team for Bloemfontein Celtic just days after engineering their 3-1 victory over third-tier African All Stars in the Nedbank Cup Last 32.

- Sundowns’ last Nedbank Cup success came in 2015 when they defeated Ajax Cape Town 4-3 on penalties following a 0-0 draw. They also won the competition in 2008, 1998 and 1986.

- Sundowns brushed aside Golden Arrows 3-0 when they met in the league in November with goals from Hlompho Kekana, Sibusiso Vilakazi and Themba Zwane.

*The views represented are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent those of Nedbank.