Baroka FC v Bidvest Wits: Kick off, TV channel, live score, squad news & preview

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Bakgaga are hoping to eliminate the defending champions and qualify for their maiden Cup final

Baroka FC will lock horns with Bidvest Wits in a 2018 Telkom  Knockout Cup semi-final match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Sunday.

Bakgaga are set to make their debut appearance in the last four having stunned Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0 in a quarter-final match which was played in Polokwane earlier this month.

They are heading into the Cup match oozing with confidence having defeated Lamontville Golden Arrows 2-1 away in a PSL match a fortnight ago.

The Limpopo-based side seem to have hit form at the right time having won three of their last four games in all competitions. 

Game Baroka FC v Bidvest Wits
Date Sunday, November 25
Time 15:00 SA Time

TV Channel, Live Score & How To Watch


In South Africa, the game will be shown live on SuperSport 4 and SABC 1. You can also catch live updates on Goal.com

Live Match Centre TV Channel
Goal.com SS4 & SABC 1

Squads & Team News


Wedson Nyirenda, Baroka

Baroka head coach Wedson Nyirenda will be on the bench after missing the game against Sundowns as in was in his native Zambia due to a bereavement. 

The Zambian tactician will team-up with his assistant Matsemela Thoka, who masterminded a surprise win over a much-fancied Sundowns side.

Nyirenda will look to their star attacking midfielders Mduduzi Mdantsane and Talent Chawapiwa as they look to reach the final of a major Cup competition for the first time.

Potential Baroka XI: Chipezeze, Semenya, Mabeba, Makume, Sibiya, Gebhardt, Mosele, Sodi, Mdantsane, Chawapiwa, Makgantai.

Bakgaga will face the defending champions Wits, who booked their place in the semi-finals after beating Maritzburg United 2-1 in a quarter-final clash which was played in Pietermaritzburg earlier this month.

The Clever Boys are heading into this game wounded having succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to Bloemfontein Celtic at home in a PSL game a fortnight ago.

They were enjoying a five-match unbeaten run in all competitions before facing Phunya Sele Sele, having recorded four wins and one draw.

Wits head coach Gavin Hunt will be keen to lead his side to their third Cup title in the last three seasons having won the 2016 MTN8 and 2017 Telkom Knockout tournaments.

Bidvest Wits, Gavin Hunt

The Braamfontein-based side defeated Baroka in the quarter-finals and they went on to win last year's Telkom Knockout.

Striker Simon Murray and midfielder Thabang Monare, who have been influential for the Clever Boys this season, will look to inspire their side to victory against Bakgaga.

Wits will be without experienced defender Robyn Johannes, who will be serving a suspension.

Potential Wits XI: Keet, Mere, Hlatshwayo, Mkhwanazi, Hlanti, Alexander, Monare, Hotto, Domingo, Motupa, Murray.


Match Preview


Simon Murray of Bidvest Wits

This will be second Cup meeting between Baroka and Wits. 

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The two teams have also met in four league games since Baroka’s promotion at the start of the 2016/17 season.

The Clever Boys are unbeaten against Baroka having recorded three wins and one draw against the Limpopo-based side.

The last match between the two teams ended in a 1-1 stalemate in Johannesburg in March 2018.

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