Tapelo Nyongo of AmaZulu during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on 22 September 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Friday Oct 19, 2018. 13:27
AmaZulu and Cape Town City will close out the last 16 round of the Telkom Knockout when they meet at King Zwelithini Stadium on 23 October 2018, kick-off at 19h30.
AmaZulu come into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw at home to Orlando Pirates in their last outing before the international break. The Durban side has failed to win any of their last five matches and will be desperate for a return to form.
Usuthu won their only League Cup title in 1992, while their appearance in last year’s Telkom Knockout ended in the last 16 when they were beaten 3-0 by Kaizer Chiefs.
City come into the game having drawn 0-0 at Maritzburg United in their last outing before the international break. The Cape Town side has failed to claim an outright win in any of their last seven matches across all competitions, though that sequence does include a penalty shootout triumph to claim the MTN8 title.
The Citizens won the Telkom Knockout on debut in 2016, but the defence of their title last year was a brief and disappointing one, as they were beaten by Baroka FC in the last 16.
AmaZulu and City will be meeting in a cup game for the first time, but they have crossed swords in two league matches. Both encounters took place last season, with Usuthu winning 1-0 in Durban and the Citzens 1-0 in Cape Town.