CTC, Polokwane to meet in first cup clash

CTC, Polokwane to meet in first cup clash
Aubrey Ngoma of Cape Town City during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Maritzburg United and Cape Town City at the Harry Gwala Stadium, South Africa on 01 May 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePixx

by Graeme Jackson

Saturday Aug 12, 2017. 11:00

Cape Town City and Polokwane City will meet in their first cup clash in the quarterfinals of the MTN8 at Cape Town Stadium on 12 August 2017, kick-off at 15h00.

Cape Town City enjoyed a great campaign in 2016/17, their first since changing from Mpumalanga Black Aces and moving to the ‘Mother City’. The new club finished third on the Absa Premiership log, just five points adrift of champions Bidvest Wits.

On the cup front, they were knocked out of the semifinals of the 2016 MTN8 by Wits (who went on to glory in the tournament), won their first piece of silverware by going all the way in the Telkom Knockout, and suffered an embarrassing first-round exit in the Nedbank Cup to minnows Acornbush United.

This will be CTC’s second showing in the MTN8. Last year’s debut appearance saw them knock ‘Cup Kings’ Kaizer Chiefs out of the competition at the first time of asking, but they succumbed 3-0 to the Clever Boys over two legs in the semifinals.

Polokwane also enjoyed a fine season in 2016/17, finishing a club-record sixth on the Absa Premiership log to secure their first appearance in the MTN8. In the cup competitions, Rise and Shine were eliminated in the first round of the Telkom Knockout by Mamelodi Sundowns, while they got as far as the quarterfinals of the Nedbank Cup before losing 2-0 to Chippa United.

As mentioned above, this will be the first cup clash between Cape Town City and Polokwane City. The teams’ only two meetings to date took place in the Absa Premiership last season: The Citizens won their home match in Cape Town 2-0, while Rise and Shine powered to a 4-2 triumph in the return game in Limpopo at the end of the season.

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