Chippa, ‘Downs battle for TKO quarterfinal berth

Chippa, ‘Downs battle for TKO quarterfinal berth
Themba Zwane of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Siphiwe Tshabalala of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Versveld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa on 17 October 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Oct 27, 2017. 12:45

Chippa United and Mamelodi Sundowns will battle for a place in the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout when they meet on 29 October 2017 at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium, kick-off at 15h30.

This will be the fourth cup meeting between Chippa and Sundowns and the second in the Telkom KO. Their very first cup meeting was in the last 16 round of this competition back in 2015/16, with the Tshwane side claiming a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Keagan Dolly and Hlompho Kekana.

They also met in the semifinals of last season’s MTN8, with the Brazilians claiming a narrow 1-0 aggregate victory over two legs thanks to a goal from Anthony Laffor.

Across all competitions, the Chilli Boys and ‘Downs have met in 11 matches since 2012/13 and it’s not good reading for the Eastern Cape side: they have yet to claim a single win in the rivalry, with the Brazilians recording six victories and five draws.

The teams last met in a league clash back in March 2017, with Chippa holding Sundowns to a goalless draw at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium. In fact, the teams drew three out of their four meetings last term, suggesting that this clash could be evenly contested.

Sundowns are three-time champions in the League Cup, with their most recent triumph arriving in 2015. Last year the Brazilians were beaten on penalties in the TKO quarterfinals by Tshwane derby rivals SuperSport United, who went on to be runners-up.

As for Chippa, they have participated in the TKO four times before but have never managed to progress past the last 16 stage. Last season they suffered a 2-0 loss away to newcomers Highlands Park in the first round.

In terms of current form, Chippa followed a goalless draw against Maritzburg United with a 2-1 win over Cape Town City in their league matches this month, while Sundowns have suffered back-to-back losses at the hands of Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu.

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