Bloemfontein Celtic vs Orlando Pirates MTN8 final: Kick-off, TV channel, live score, squad news and preview
Justice Chabalala, Bloemfontein Celtic & Wayde Jooste, Orlando Pirates, November 2020
The MTN8 final is a battle between sides that have gone for a lengthy period without winning major trophies

Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer is keen for his first piece of silverware, a year since he arrived at the Soweto giants, while also ending their six-year trophy drought when they clash against Bloemfontein Celtic in the MTN8 final at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.

For his opposite number John Maduka, he would be out for his first career gold medal as a coach, five months into his spell as Celtic head coach following the departure of his then co-coach Lehlohonolo Seema.

Maduka will also be seeking to bury the agony of missing out on the Nedbank Cup following defeat by Mamelodi Sundowns in September’s final.

Losing another final in three months is something that Celtic would be eager to avoid as the team also wants to lift their first major trophy since 2012 when they claimed the Telkom Knockout.

They face a Pirates side that has also gone for a number of years without winning any Cup since bagging the 2014 Nedbank Cup.

Game Bloemfontein Celtic vs Orlando Pirates
Date Saturday, December 12
Time 18:00 SA Time

TV Channel, Live Score & How To Watch

The game will be shown live on SuperSport TV and SABC. 

Online Streaming TV Channel Now App SuperSport's PSL channel 202, SABC 1

Squads & Team News

After mentioning that the Caf Confederation Cup is not economically viable to them, Celtic have been fielding a second-string squad in continental competition.

In Africa, Maduka has been playing the likes of goalkeeper Mondli Mpoto, midfielder Shadrack Kobedi, Mokone Mereko, defender Mpusani Tani and Aviwe Nyamende all who are yet to make a single appearance in their Premier Soccer League (PSL) games this season.

This has seen season campaigners like captain Ndumiso Mabena, Justice Chabalala, Ronald Pfumbidzai, ex-Pirates goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane and Given Mashinkinya being rested.

They are likely to be fielded on Saturday and will take to the pitch with fresh legs with most of them having last been involved in competitive action two weeks ago when Celtic beat Black Leopards in a league match.

Earlier this week, Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer hinted at fielding utility player Thabiso Monyane who is returning from injury.

Monyane has played just one match this season and it would be interesting to see if Zinnbauer will hand minutes to someone coming from a long spell on the sidelines.

Bafana Bafana attacker Thembinkosi Lorch and defender Abel Mabaso are still out injured.

Striker Frank Mhango could start on Saturday after coming on as a substitute in Pirates’ last two games that marked his return from injury.

Congolese forward Jean-Marc Makusu who is yet to make his Pirates debut could provide a fresh dimension if he is allowed to play.

Match Preview

Pirates’ road to the MTN8 Cup final saw them edge Cape Town City in the quarter-finals.

This was followed by an emphatic 5-0 aggregate triumph over traditional rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the semi-final after a 3-0 first-leg win and a 2-0 return leg victory.

Celtic have also been impressive in their path to the final especially after eliminating Mamelodi Sundowns in the last-eight.

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Siwelele then knocked out defending champions SuperSport United in the semi-finals following a 1-1 away draw in the first leg, before a 1-0 win in the home leg.

It is six weeks since Celtic and Pirates last met in a competitive fixture when the Buccaneers beat the Free State side 1-0 in a PSL encounter at Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium.

The last time the two sides met in a knockout competition was in the 2017 Nedbank Cup when Pirates eliminated Celtic at the quarter-finals stage following a 2-1 win.

Bloemfontein Celtic


BLP 1 - 1 BLO
BLO 0 - 2 MLS
CHU 1 - 2 BLO
BLO 0 - 0 CTC
BLO 2 - 2 KZC
MAR 1 - 0 BLO
STL 1 - 1 BLO
BLO 1 - 1 SWA
GOL 1 - 1 BLO
BLO 2 - 1 TSG
Orlando Pirates


ORL 1 - 0 DIA
MAR 0 - 0 ORL
DIA 0 - 0 ORL
CTC 1 - 1 ORL
ORL 0 - 2 MLS
CHU 1 - 3 ORL
ORL 1 - 0 SWA
MAR 0 - 0 ORL
ORL 2 - 2 STL
ORL 1 - 2 SWA
Head to Head
20 Matches (5 Draws)
6 Total wins 9
4 Home wins 6
2 Away wins 3
Last 5 Matches
0 Wins
1 Draw
4 Wins
ORL 1 - 0 BLO
BLO 1 - 2 ORL
BLO 0 - 1 ORL
BLO 1 - 1 ORL
ORL 3 - 1 BLO
3 Goals Scored 8
Games Over 2.5 Goals 2 / 5
Both Teams Scored 3 / 5
Team Comparison
  • Attack
  • Defence
  • Distribution
  • Discipline
Player Comparison