Chiefs, SuperSport renew cup rivalry

Chiefs, SuperSport renew cup rivalry
Bradley Grobler of Supersport United challenged by Lorenzo Gordinho of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and Supersport United at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on the 23 November 2016©Samuel Shivambu/Backpagepix

by Graeme Jackson

Saturday Aug 12, 2017. 12:00

Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United will renew their cup rivalry when they meet in the quarterfinals of the MTN8 on 12 August 2017 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, kick-off at 20h15.

Chiefs finished fourth on last season’s PSL log, enduring a disappointing campaign which saw them come home a full 10 points adrift of league champions Bidvest Wits.

On the cup front, the Amakhosi fared no better: they were beaten in the quarterfinals in all three competitions: 0-1 to Cape Town City in the MTN8, and on penalties to both Free State Stars and SuperSport United in the Telkom Knockout and Nedbank Cup respectively.

Yet the Soweto giants have an unrivalled pedigree in the MTN8, having won it a record 15 times (most recently in 2014). This year’s Top Eight cup must be seen as a priority for Chiefs, who need a trophy early in the season to convince their demanding fans that a return to the top of South African football is a case of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’.

SuperSport had a curious 2016/17 league season: at one time they looked capable of challenging the likes of Bidvest Wits and Mamelodi Sundowns for the title (even going on a 19-game unbeaten run), but they ended up a disappointing fifth after losing five of their last 10 matches.

In cup competitions Matsatsantsa enjoyed two strong runs in the Telkom Knockout (where they lost to Cape Town City in the final) and the Nedbank Cup (where they thrashed Orlando Pirates in the final to claim their fifth title), but their MTN8 campaign was a short one, having lost 3-1 to Sundowns in the quarterfinals.

This match sees Chiefs and United meet for a 14th time in cup competitions. The previous 13 matches have produced eight outright wins for the Amakhosi, four in favour of Matsatsantsa, while the one draw was last season’s Nedbank Cup quarterfinal which ended 1-1 but went the way of United on post-match penalties.

The teams’ last meeting in the Top Eight was back when the competition was still known as the SAA Supa8, and Chiefs defeated SuperSport 1-0 in the 2006 final thanks to goal from Rotson Kilambe.

In all, Chiefs and SuperSport have clashed in 66 matches across all competitions since 1990. The Soweto side has claimed 27 wins compared to 23 for the Tshwane club, with 16 matches ending in draws. The teams’ two league meetings last season were 1-1 and 2-2 draws at FNB Stadium and Mbombela Stadium respectively.




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