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Recalling the 1995 Final

Recalling the 1995 Final between Wits and Orlando Pirates

Posted: 7 December 2011 Time: 2:06 pm

The battle between Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates in this weekend’s Telkom Knockout Cup Final will re-ignite memories of the 1995 decider that pitted the same teams against each other when the top-flight knockout was known as the Coca-Cola Cup.

The then Wits University overcame Pirates 1-0 at FNB Stadium, with Nigerian striker Benson Otiti on target for the Clever Boys.

A young Sipho Sephadi started in central midfield that day and played his heart out, and 16 years later he believes the latest battle will just be as tight.

“The 1995 Final was a tense affair as we were playing against a great Pirates team which went on to even win the Champions League that year,” he tells KickOff.com.

“That day we applied ourselves and dominated in the important areas and I believe we deserved the Cup. Remember, that year we were on fire as we also won the BP Top 8.”

Sephadi – now the Under-17 coach at Jomo Cosmos – believes this Saturday night’s Final at Moses Mabhida will be just be as tricky as the ’95 contest.

“It will definitely be a difficult game this weekend, especially considering that Wits just beat Pirates two weeks ago,” he adds.

“Pirates will obviously have the crowd behind them, but whoever shows they want it more on the night will win it. I have noticed Wits now play with flair and they have a couple of boys capable of winning any game for them, so I feel they stand the same chance.

“In fact, Wits should be feeling they can do it considering the result they got against Pirates recently. I will not be taking sides but I just want to watch an exciting final.”

Article by: Lovemore Moyo

Previous comments on this story...

Jeffino
posted: 02:35 pm
The pictures is not for 1995 , but for three mabone drupping in a PSL game this season.shapa students shapaa!!!
Anonymous
posted: 02:45 pm
Taking nothing away 4rm wits bt i reli dnt think they hv da capacity 2 contain da multi-champs in a major cup final lyk ds 1 bt anyway miracles do happen in lyf bt i dnt biliv saturday nyt wil b a day 4 miracles...blak, red & wyt= happy pple!
KING?
posted: 02:55 pm

Guys come on, we are playing WITS, not Sundowns or Chiefs.

WITS is a small team that won against Pirates while key players where not there.

GET IT INTO YOUR HEAD's, WITS is a small team.
leponapona
posted: 03:11 pm
AMBAKANIYA AJABULILE

UP THE BUCS
Malakane
posted: 03:27 pm
I am Pirates supporter but truth must be told Wits is a good team but i dont see them beating us in a highlly tensive game like that one on Saturday ,any way lets stop and wait for Saturday and see what will happen then evrything will be cleared on Saturday.
Bofolla Safety Belt Reja Joy Makhosi
posted: 03:29 pm
Come Sati................
Anonymous
posted: 03:30 pm
This cup is 4 da pirates, no matter wht nd sme pple shud learn that history dnt win cups, but the team that converts its chances duz. So 2 thse hu keep thnkin dat pirates wl go dwn 2 wits, its jst wishful thnking, by saturday @ eleven o clock u wl b talkin abt a fluke win.
mokonehimself
posted: 03:33 pm
The 1995 history is going 2 repeat itself,some ppl will go back 2 Gauteng with their long tails btwn their legs since they win every game in the media b4 kickoff.
Umsab\'ungamaz\'
posted: 03:47 pm
ubala iWits
comon guys quit hanahaning too much, lets give their runnersup share and start looking forward to Nedbank(Zebras forget about this one-need i say more?)
Bangene KING!
Swona Champ!
posted: 05:08 pm
Lovemore? these are names from our Zim brothers, its understandable for Zimbbweans to be sundowns fans or chiefs fans, the win against SSU that beat chiefs did not make things better for chiefs fans! take ur Zim expertise to The Chronicles!
leponapona
posted: 05:25 pm
AMABAKANIYA AJABULILE

HAPPY PEOPLE
Anonymous
posted: 06:18 pm
History is history and we'll certainly place it where it belongs...which is in the past.

I don't really care what Sephadi says...in fact he must concentrate on feeding the senior Cosmos team with capable and quality players instead of making noise in the media about the fluke 1-0 win in '95.

The game on Sati will prove to many that Wits' victory two weeks ago was a fluke and that when it comes to cup game we hate and run over anything that has yellow in their colours...I don't want to ask them to ask anyone.
Fhulu
posted: 08:34 pm
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Fhulu
posted: 08:35 pm
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Anonymous
posted: 08:30 am
New Pictures bt U remind me of that Game. I still remember it very well. I was watching @ home in Eastern Cape on my Black & White Tv (tv name; Giant). Benson Otiti was wearing Jersey no 3. Shapa wits shapa!!
Anonymous
posted: 11:39 am
if the then managed to beat the strongest Pirates of all time, then I see them as favourite 4 this 1. This Pirates of 2day will match the class 95, if they will do on CCL, but you can't right Wits off.
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