Friday Oct 16, 2020. 09:00
New Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt will hope to get his tenure off to a flying start when his team hosts Maritzburg United in an MTN8 quarterfinal at FNB Stadium on Sunday 18 October 2020, kick-off at 15h00 CAT.
Chiefs endured a heart-breaking ended to the 2019-20 Premier Soccer League (PSL) when they allowed Mamelodi Sundowns to steal the league title from their grasp on the final day of the season.
The second-place finish cost manager Ernst Middendorp his job and saw Gavin Hunt – freed up from his role at Bidvest Wits thanks to the club’s sale to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila – installed in arguably the toughest job in South African football.
The Amakhosi have an unrivalled record in the top eight competition with 15 titles, though their last arrived back in 2014. The Soweto giants’ last appearance in the MTN8 was in 2018, when they exited the tournament in the semifinals at the hands of SuperSport United.
Maritzburg enjoyed a fine 2019-20 PSL campaign under coach Eric Tinkler, coming home in seventh place. They have managed to maintain a relatively stable squad, with midfielder Phumlani Ntshangase representing a solid addition to their engine room.
The Team of Choice will be returning to the MTN8 for a third time in the space of four seasons. Their best performance in the competition was in 2017 when they reached the semifinals, while their last showing in 2018 ended in the quarters with a 1-0 loss to eventual champions Cape Town City.
In head-to-head terms, Chiefs and Maritzburg have met in five previous cup matches since 2005/06. The Amakhosi have claimed three wins compared to one for the Team of Choice. Maritzburg’s lone victory was in the clubs’ most recent cup clash, the semifinal of last season’s Telkom Knockout, with the KwaZulu-Natal side winning 2-1 thanks to a brace from Judas Moseamedi.
Overall, the teams have clashed in 33 matches across all competitions since 2005/06, with Chiefs picking up 16 wins compared to seven for Maritzburg, while 10 games have ended in draws. The teams’ two league meetings last season saw United claim four points thanks to a 1-1 home draw in December 2019 and a 2-1 away win in February 2020.
Kaizer Chiefs v Maritzburg United – Head-to-head
All cup results (since 2005/06)
Season Cup Result Scorers
2005/06 Coca-Cola, 1st rd Chiefs 2-1 Maritzburg Moshoeu, McCarthy; Madubanya
2014/15 Telkom KO, last 16 Chiefs 1-0 Maritzburg Parker
2015/16 MTN8, qfinal Chiefs 5-3 Maritzburg Lebese 2, Parker, Xulu, Ekstein; Lentjies, Teyise, Xulu (og)
2016/17 Telkom KO, last 16 Chiefs 0-0* Maritzburg
2019/20 Telkom KO, sfinal Chiefs 1-2 Maritzburg Sasman; Moseamedi 2
*After extra time, Chiefs won 4-2 on penalties
P W D L GF GA
Chiefs 5 3 1 1 9 6
Maritzburg 5 1 1 3 6 9
Last 10 league results
Season Result Scorers
2015/16 Maritzburg 1-1 Chiefs Lentjies (pen); Letsholonyane
2015/16 Chiefs 3-2 Maritzburg Katsande (pen), Abraw, Gordinho; Teyise, Rusike
2016/17 Chiefs 2-0 Maritzburg Gordinho, Twala
2016/17 Maritzburg 1-2 Chiefs Mokate; Katsande, Tshabalala
2017/18 Maritzburg 0-2 Chiefs Paez 2
2017/18 Chiefs 2-0 Maritzburg Paez, Zuma
2018/19 Maritzburg 0-0 Chiefs
2018/19 Chiefs 1-0 Maritzburg Zuma
2019/20 Maritzburg 1-1 Chiefs Moseamedi; Manyama
2019/20 Chiefs 1-2 Maritzburg Nurkovic; Claasen 2
All competitions (since 2005/06)
P W D L GF GA
Chiefs 33 16 10 7 50 28
Maritzburg 33 7 10 16 28 50