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18 October 2018, by: Thabang Kgeledi


Club football is back!

Thank Gosh. I’ll safely assume you are as excited as I am the international weekend is over. The Telkom Knockout takes centre stage this weekend let’s run through the upcoming Round of 16 fixtures.

The Telkom Knockout will kick off with the defending champions Bidvest Wits taking on Free State Stars.

Stars have had a mediocre start to this season whilst Wits are top of the table with a game in hand. The result it leaning towards the latter but Sun Tzu says never underestimate your opponent because he might win a dubious penalty or you might score an own goal.

Baroka has been bad this season, matter of fact, they have been horrible this whole calendar year. They have managed to win 3 out of their 26 games played in 2018, the last of which coming before the 1% VAT hike.

Golden Arrows haven’t had the best of season’s either but they should be heavily favoured.

After going four seasons without winning any silverware as the coach of the biggest club in the country, Celtic coach Steve Komphela feels he can prove a point by winning the Telkom Knockout.

Bloemfontein Celtics were runners-up in last season Telkom Knockout. But, we were taught by our preschool teachers that ‘second place is for the first loser’.

Sundowns haven’t been at their best and will have their hands full with a determined Celtic side.

Maritzburg United are having a tough 2018/2019 season. Last years fourth-placed finishers have won only one game in their first eight games in all competitions. Whilst the newcomers Highlands Park have proved that they belong in the country’s premier division.

On their day, Maritzburg United are a handful. They may be too much for Highlands Park to handle.

Orlando Pirates have the burden of being a team that much was expected of before the season began.

They haven’t delivered.

Yes, they are second on the PSL table but their performances have been below average.

After losing their first three games, firing their coach, and hiring Eric Tinkler, Chippa United have fared well. But, they are playing a team that has already beat them this season.

Having lost in the final of the MTN 8 a few weeks ago, Supersport United will be looking to right their wrongs. They come up against a Polokwane City side who are as predictable as their Twitter admin.

Perennial Macufe Cup winners Kaizer Chiefs are back competing for real silverware in the Telkom Knockout. Amakhosi are at home against Black Leopards.

Kaizer Chiefs haven’t been good. The team’s form is sporadic. One bright spark has been Khama Billiat. There is no ‘I’ in team, however, like Michael Jordan said, there is in ‘win’.

In the last Round of 16 games in the Telkom Knockout, recently crowned MTN 8 champions Cape Town City play away at Amazulu.

Cape Town City has proved to be a good cup side even when their league form hasn’t been anything to write home about. However, Amazulu are well-coached and a tough team to play against at home.


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