Chiefs, AmaZulu renew cup rivalry in the TKO

Chiefs, AmaZulu renew cup rivalry in the TKO
Siphiwe Tshabalala of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Innocent Maela of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on 21 October 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Oct 27, 2017. 11:45

Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu will renew their rivalry in the Telkom Knockout when they meet in the last 16 on 28 October 2017 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, kick-off at 20h15.

Chiefs and AmaZulu have met in five previous cup matches, the most recent of which was a last 16 clash in the 2010/11 edition of the Telkom Knockout: the Soweto side triumphed 2-0 (thanks to goals from Abia Nale and Reneilwe Letsholonyane) to record their fourth cup win over Usuthu.

AmaZulu’s only victory over Chiefs in knockout football since the start of the NSL era (1985 onwards) arrived in the final of the 1992 Coca-Cola Cup, as they claimed a famous 3-1 win.

In all, Chiefs and AmaZulu have clashed in 57 league and cup matches since 1985. The Soweto side has claimed 37 wins compared to just eight for their Durban counterparts.

The teams last met in the 2014/15 season, with the Amakhosi recording a league ‘double’ by winning 2-1 away and 1-0 at home. In fact, Chiefs have racked up six successive wins against the team in green and have not lost against them since the 2006/07 campaign.

Chiefs have won a record 13 League Cup titles (three of them in the TKO era), though their last triumph was in the 2010/11 season. Last season they got as far the quarterfinals before being eliminated on penalties by Free State Stars.

AmaZulu won their only League Cup title in 1992 but have not appeared in the competition since 2014, when they were eliminated in the quarterfinals by Mamelodi Sundowns.

In terms of current form, Chiefs come into the match having claimed a very respectable four points from their two matches against fellow league heavyweights Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates, while AmaZulu bounced back from a 3-2 loss to Polokwane City with a stunning upset 2-1 win at Sundowns last weekend.

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