Telkom Knockout: South Africa's League Cup takes centre stage

Telkom Knockout: South Africa's League Cup takes centre stage
Siyabonga Nomvete of AmaZulu challenged by Lucky Mohomi of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Pretoria on 21 October 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Oct 27, 2017. 08:30

South Africa’s 2017 Telkom Knockout will get underway with eight last 16 matches spread across the weekend of October 27-29.

The action gets underway on Friday evening at the harry Gwala Stadium, where Maritzburg United and Platinum Stars will meet for just their third cup meeting.

The Team of Choice have gone off the boil after a strong start to the season and the energy of cup football could be just what they need to return to form, while Dikwena have yet to win a match this term but have the pedigree of being two-time TKO champions.

The action moves on to Saturday afternoon with the pick of matches seeing Golden Arrows host Orlando Pirates. Abafana Bes’thende are unbeaten in league football so far this season, but they have lost every single cup game in which they have come up against the Buccaneers - what chance a first positive result for the determined Durban outfit?

Polokwane City and Ajax Cape Town will cross swords at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium, SuperSport United’s first domestic clash since booking a spot in the Confederation Cup final sees them face Bloemfontein Celtic away, and Bidvest Wits will face their nemesis in Free State Stars - Ea Lla Koto have knocked the Clever Boys out of the TKO three times since 2012.

The big evening game on Saturday sees Kaizer Chiefs ‘host’ AmaZulu in Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium for what promises to be a classic South Africa cup clash, while Sunday’s matches see surprise log leaders Baroka FC host Ajax Cape Town and Mamelodi Sundowns looking to bounce back from successive defeats when they face Chippa United at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium.

Telkom Knockout last 16 fixtures - all times CAT

Friday 27 October
Maritzburg United v Platinum Stars - Harry Gwala Stadium, 20h00

Saturday 28 October
Golden Arrows v Orlando Pirates - Princess Magogo Stadium, 15h30
Polokwane City v Ajax Cape Town - Old Peter Mokaba Stadium, 15h30
Bloemfontein Celtic v SuperSport United - Dr Molemela Stadium, 18h00
Bidvest Wits v Free State Stars - Bidvest Stadium, 20h15
Kaizer Chiefs v AmaZulu - Moses Mabhida Stadium, 20h15

Sunday 29 October
Baroka FC v Ajax Cape Town - Peter Mokaba Stadium, 15h30
Chippa United v Mamelodi Sundowns - Sisa Dukashe Stadium, 15h30

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