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But Brazilians form in trophy deciders is poor with two wins from their last 11 finals

Mamelodi Sundowns will be playing in a 25th cup final when they take on Bloemfontein Celtic in the Telkom Knockout decider on Saturday.

But Sundowns have an overall losing record in finals with nine wins to 14 defeats and will be particularly perturbed by the fact they have won just twice in their last 11 cup final appearances.

Those two successes came in the 2007 MTN8 final and the 2008 Nedbank Cup but since then they have lost twice in trophy deciders – including last May to SuperSport United in the Nedbank Cup on the final day of the 2011/12 season.

But their experience contrasts with that of their opponents from the Free State who have played in just two major cup finals in almost 50 years of existence.

Celtic beat African Wanderers 2-1 after extra time in 1985 to win the old-style Mainstay Cup with arguably their greatest ever side, packed with stars from Malawi and Zambia.

Their other success was in 2005 when they won the SAA Supa Eight with a 1-0 triumph over SuperSport United.

It means Celtic have a 100 percent record in cup finals but have had a torrid time in cup football over the last years.

Their first round win in the Telkom Knockout away over Chippa United in Cape Town last month snapped a run of 10 successive cup defeats.

They then went on to beat Orlando Pirates and Free State Stars to gain their place in the final.

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