Teboho Mochadibane of Platinum Stars , Bafana Pheto of Township Rollers, Vina Maphosa of Kaizer Chiefs and David Vilakazi of Free State Stars during the 2017 Maize Cup Launch on 27 June 2017 at Protea Hotel Klerksdorp © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix
Tuesday Jun 27, 2017. 12:19
For the third time in a row, the 2017 Maize Cup has hit the North West Province as it was launched on Tuesday, 27 June 2017 in the City of Matlosana, Klerksdorp.
The organisers, North West Provincial Government, Optimize and the Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development (READ) launched the event as the four clubs were also announced.
With well-known Sports Anchor Carol Tshabalala hosting the proceedings on a chilly day, it was announced that Botswana Premier League giants Township Rollers will join this year's edition.
The three Premier Soccer League sides taking part are hosts Platinum Stars, Free State Stars and Kaizer Chiefs who will form part of the one-day showpiece making it a four-team tournament.
Platinum Stars will hope to bag their second trophy as they clinched the inaugural crown in 2015 by beating the then Mpumalanga Black Aces (now Cape Town City) 1-0 in the final at Moruleng Stadium, Rustenburg.
Although the second edition in 2016 did not have four teams, Orlando Pirates made their first appearance after beating Dikwena 3-1 in a penalty shoot-out after extra time.
This year's contest is set to be staged at the James Motlatsi Stadium on Saturday, 15 July in Orkney, North West.
This year's match day schedule was announced by sponsors and the organisers that the gates will open at 08:00 in the morning.
The first semi-final will be staged at 10:00 in the morning, the second semifinal at 12:00 midday, and the winners of the two semi-finals will meet in the final at 16:00 in the afternoon.
The Full Draw
Platinum Stars v Free State Stars, 10:00am kick-off
Kaizer Chiefs v Township Rollers, 12:00pm kick-off