The road to the quarter-finals of the Telkom Knockout has not been an easy one for
some of the teams.
Three teams lost coaches after defeats but the most surprising exit was the
resignation of Manqoba Mngqithi, who coached Lamontville Golden Arrows. Ernest
Middendorp left Maritzburg United after they were defeated 2-1 by Platinum Stars.
The third member of the ‘resignation party’ is former Bloemfontein Celtics coach
SuperSport United will open the quarter-finals as they play host to Moroko Swallows
at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville. The rivalry between these two teams
is in full swing as Moroka Swallows are the stumbling block between United and the
semi-finals of the Telkom Knockout.
Platinum Stars are the second team to play on the same day and will face Mamelodi
Sundowns. This game will offer fireworks as both these teams are in great form,
with Stars being crowned the MTN 8 Champs while Sundowns fans believe that they
have turned the corner with Pitso Mosimane.
Kaizer Chiefs will be traveling to the Free State on Sunday 20 to face Free State
Stars and the return of Amakhosi quartet of Itumeleng Khune, Tsepo Masilela,
Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Bernard Parker will boost them. However, Kaizer
Chiefs’ head coach, Stuart Baxter, is having sleepless nights and worries about his
team being thin in terms of the forward back-ups with Kaizer Motaung Jnr and
Lehlohonolo Majoro being side-lined with injuries.
Orlando Pirates will be taking on Lamontvile Golden Arrows at the Orlando Stadium
on Wednesday 23. The game was moved to midweek due to Pirates’ CAF Champions
League semi-finals taking place ont the 19th against Esperance. Orlando Pirates
suffered a huge knock as their defender Siyabonga Sangweni tore his Achilles
tendon, although the team doesn’t know how long he would be out. An injury like
this one may mean the player can most likely be out for six months.
Telkom Knockout has seen twenty goals scored in just the first leg of the tournament
and the exit of the defending champions Bloemfontein Celtics when they bowed
down to Mamelodi Sundowns by four goals to nothing. Now the Cup is there for
anyone who wants it.