In-form Chiefs favourites in Telkom Knockout
by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG – RED-HOT South African glamour side, Kaizer Chiefs, are tipped to maintain their perfect start to the Premiership campaign when the Telkom Knockout kicks off this weekend.
The tournament kicks off on the back of the Soweto giants winning all
their league and Cup games (11) so far this season, culminating in a
healthy lead atop the 16-team Absa Premier League table and victory in the
Analysts thus forecast the Amakhosi to maintain their tag as the “cup
kings” of local football.
“Chiefs will win the Telkom Knockout because they are simply the best side
locally at the moment. I foresee them beating Mamelodi Sundowns to the
trophy,” Johannesburg-based analyst, Daisanto Ndlovu, said.
Gugu Maphosa, another forecaster, concurred.
“Cup games are usually different from league matches in a number of ways
which makes it a bit tricky to predict the winner but if I were to tip one
team, it has to be Chiefs, which has proven an evergreen machine this
season,” he said.
Meanwhile, the tournament kicks off with all the Premiership teams in action.
The Telkom-sponsored contest begins on Friday with a Johannesburg derby
between Bidvest Wits and Moroka Swallows at the Bidvest Stadium.
The following day, defending champions, Platinum Stars date Chippa United
in Rustenburg while resurgent Supersport United play Free State Stars in
The two other Pretoria sides, Sundowns and University of Pretoria, also in
action on Saturday as are bottom-of-the-table Amazulu and Bloemfontein
Chiefs and Maritzburg United round up the day’s matches at the FNB Stadium in Soweto.
On Sunday, misfiring Orlando Pirates, last season’s beaten finalists, play
equally-struggling Polokwane City on Orlando while Ajax Cape Town and
Mpumalanga Black Aces will duel in Cape Town.
– CAJ News
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