HOW IT'S DONE: Coach Stuart Baxter conducts a Kaizer Chiefs training session at Naturena. Picture Gallo Images
Kaizer Chiefs and Bidvest Wits will renew their cup rivalry in a Nedbank Cup last 32 encounter at the Bidvest Stadium on the weekend of February 22 after the two Premiership outfits were pitted against each other in the FA Cup version of South African football.
The Clever Boys defeated Amakhosi 3-2 in the opening round of the 2012 Telkom Knockout in October. The pair must now face-off again as they seek a passage through to the second round of the Nedbank Cup.
It is arguably the pick of the ties in the last 32.
And though defending champions SuperSport United will not relish a home meeting with MTN8 champions Moroka Swallows, Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter yesterday expressed optimism over meeting their fellow top-flight opposition.
“The draw could have gone either way.
“Drawing a PSL side at this stage of the Cup will be difficult but the players will be look forward to the game as they beat us in the Telkom Cup.
“We beat them in the league this season. We are looking forward to the game.”
Wits and Chiefs have met no less than 25 times in cup competitions since 1985.
The Soweto team has claimed 13 wins compared to six for the University-based team, though Wits have emerged triumphant on all three occasions that the teams have gone to penalties.
Overall, Kaizer Chiefs and Bidvest Wits have met in 78 league and cup matches since 1985.
The Amakhosi have recorded 39 victories to the Clever Boys’ 16, while there have been 23 draws.
The two clubs have already met once this season, with Chiefs winning 3-1 in a league match at Mbombela Stadium thanks to a brace from in-form striker Bernard Parker.
Wits co-director George Mogotsi said yesterday that matches against Chiefs were always enticing and brought the best out of the Clever Boys.
Nedbank Cup draw
SuperSport United v Moroka Swallows
Wits v Kaizer Chiefs
Maluti FET College v Orlando Pirates
Ajax Cape Town v Sundowns
Mbombela United v Vasco da Gama/Santos
AmaZulu v Temba Royals FC
Black Leopards v Cape Town All Stars
University of Pretoria v Maritzburg
United FC/Roses United v Chippa United
Bloem Celtic v Milano United/Thanda Royal Zulu
Island FC v Polokwane City/F.C.A.K
Vardos FC v Golden Arrows
Dynamos/Mpumalanga Black Aces v Platinum Stars
Magesi FC v Jomo Cosmos/FC Cape Town
Sivutsa Stars/African Warriors v Jacksa Spears
Free State Stars v Witbank Spurs/Blackburn Rovers