Tignyemb sets sights on TKO glory

Patrick Tignyemb of Bloemfontein Celtic celebrates teammates goal during the 2017 Telkom Knockout semifinal football match between Polokwane City and Bloemfontein Celtic at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 19 November 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Bertin Basson

Friday Dec 01, 2017. 09:30

Bloemfontein Celtic captain Patrick Tignyemb is hopeful that Siwelele can repeat the success they achieved five years ago when they take on Bidvest WIts in the final of the 2017 Telkom Knockout Cup on Saturday evening.

Tignyemb, 32, was part of the victorious Phunya Sele Sele side that beat Mamelodi Sundowns in the 2012 showpiece.

Celtic and the Clever Boys will lock horns at the Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu. Kick-off is at 18h00 CAT.

“What is helping us this season is that we are fighting for each other, praying together and the friendship we have built amongst ourselves is that of brotherhood,” Tignyemb told the club’s website.

“Personally for me, it will be an achievement to win the trophy for the second time and we ask God for mercy and strength to help the team achieve.”

The shot-stopper has played an integral part in Celtic reaching this year’s showpiece, with the Free States side coming up trumps in two penalty shoot-outs on their journey to the final.

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Bidvest Wits captain labels Celtic as TKO favourites

Thulani Hlatshwayo of Bidvest Wits challenged Mosa Lebusa of Ajax Cape Town during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Bidvest Wits and Ajax Cape Town at Bidvest Stadium on 07 February 2017 ©Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Nov 28, 2017. 13:30

Bidvest Wits captain Thulani Hlatshwayo says that Bloemfontein Celtic are the favourites for this weekend’s Telkom Knockout final.

Wits sit at the bottom of South Africa’s Absa Premiership after a terrible start to the defence of their title, while Celtic are placed in the top half of the table and have made impressive progress under new coach Veselin Jelusic.

The sides will meet in the Telkom Knockout final this coming Saturday, as they compete for the last piece of silverware up for grabs in 2017.

“Celtic are the favourites,” said Hlatshwayo at the launch of the Discovery Walter Sisulu Soccer Challenge in Soweto on Monday, as quoted by Kick-Off.

“Sometimes if you look at the history, teams that are not doing well in the league end up winning trophies.

“Looking at where we are, it’s easy for them to underestimate us because we have not been doing well in the league. But as a team we have to make sure we bring silverware.

“Coach Gavin [Hunt] has said that he wishes the wins in the Telkom Knockout were three points, then we could have been sitting in a proper position.

“The MTN8 is gone for us and we have to go all the way to win this final on Saturday.

“If you look at our history in the Telkom Knockout, we have been knocked out in the first round. It’s good to see that the team has managed to go to the final and the guys are raring to win this cup.”

‘Tyson’ added, “Celtic has been doing well. They have a lot of speedy and skilful players. We have to make sure that we bring our A-game on the day.”

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Kaizer Chiefs coach rues red card in TKO defeat

Head coach Steve Komphela of Kaizer Chiefs during 2017 Macufe Cup game between Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs at Free State Stadium on 08 October [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Monday Nov 20, 2017. 12:30

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela believes the red card given to Wiseman Meyiwa was the decisive moment of their Telkom Knockout semifinal against Bidvest Wits this past weekend.

The Amakhosi were beaten 1-0 by the Clever Boys on Saturday, with Meyiwa’s dismissal in the 26th minute – for a stamp on Daine Klate – followed just three minutes later by the only goal of the game from James Keene.

“You could see with the early exchanges that we had all areas covered,” Komphela told Chiefs’ official website.

“To suffer a red card in the first half in such an intense clash changed the game entirely. Besides that and to make matters worse, we let Wits score with a free header immediately thereafter due to a lapse of concentration.”

He added: “Our game plan was affected by this. If you check our substitutions, they were all intended to go for an all-out attack.”

The Chiefs coach saw his team improve in the second stanza thanks to some attacking substitutions, and believes they need to refocus for a league clash with AmaZulu this midweek.

“We came back strong in the second half,” Komphela pointed out. “[Dumisani] Zuma had a one-on-one with Wits’ goalkeeper Darren Keet, Siphiwe Tshabalala hit the crossbar and [Gustavo] Páez had a chance as well.

“We knew the game was going to be very tight and robust. Unfortunately we had to play most of the game with one man down. But still, I thought we contained them well and scared them a few times in the second half.

“Now that we are out of the cup, we have to focus our attention on the league. We will regroup and make sure we beat AmaZulu on Wednesday.”

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City, Celtic battle for TKO final berth

Mpho Makola of Orlando Pirates challenged by Lorence Vilakazi of Polokwane City during the 2017 Telkom Knockout football match between Orlando Pirates and Polokwane City at Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg on 04 November 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Friday Nov 17, 2017. 11:17

Polokwane City and Bloemfontein Celtic will battle for a place in the final of the Telkom Knockout when they meet at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on 19 November 2017, kick-off at 15h30.

Polokwane earned their place in the semifinals by defeating both Ajax Cape Town and Orlando Pirates on penalties, having held their opponents 0-0 and 2-2 respectively. Rise and Shine have never progressed this far in a cup competition since their promotion to the top flight in 2013 and will be looking for a first-ever final appearance.

Celtic, meanwhile, overcame SuperSport United on penalties (after a 2-2 draw) and beat Platinum Stars 2-1 in the last 16 and quarterfinals respectively. Phunya Sele Sele famously won their only Telkom Knockout title in 2012, and will feel they have a great chance of challenging for another this year.

City and Celtic have never met in a cup competition before, but they have crossed swords in nine league matches since the Limpopo side have been in the top flight. Those nine matches have produced five wins for Phunya Sele Sele, two for Rise and Shine and two draws.

The teams met at recently as September in a league clash, with Celtic claiming a 2-1 win in Polokwane thanks to a brace from Ndumiso Mabena. Phunya Sele Sele are unbeaten in their last four matches against Rise and Shine.

The winners of this match will go on to face either Bidvest Wits or Kaizer Chiefs – who meet at Bidvest Stadium Stadium on Saturday, 18 November – in the final next month.

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Kaizer Chiefs beat Chippa United in TKO quarter-finals

Siyabonga Ngezana of Kaizer Chiefs and Phetso Maphanga of Chippa United during the2017 Telkom Knockout game between Chippa United and Kaizer Chiefs at Nelson Mandela Stadium in Port Elizabeth on 05 Novemberr 2017 © Deryck Foster/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Nov 05, 2017. 17:31

Kaizer Chiefs beat Chippa United 1-0 in a Telkom Knockout Cup quarter-final match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

As a result, Amakhosi booked their place in the semi-finals, while Chilli Boys are eliminated from the tournament.

Itumeleng Khune, the Chiefs shot-stopper, was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the early stages of the encounter.

The 30-year-old made a good save from Mpho Mvelase’s effort in the 7th minute, before denying the United winger again 17 minutes later.

But Chiefs were awarded a penalty after Chiefs winger Joseph Molangoane was fouled inside the United box a minute before the half-hour mark.

Chiefs veteran forward Bernard Parker made no mistake from the spot-kick as he scored to make it 1-0 to Chiefs.

United, who were desperate for an equalizing goal, were then awarded a free-kick in a promising area on the stroke of half-time.

However, Andile Mbenyane fired just over the crossbar and score was 1-0 to Chiefs during the half-time break.

United coach Teboho Moloi made the first change of the game five minutes after the restart with Samuel Julies replacing Lerato Manzini.

Former Mamelodi Sundowns winger Julies tried to make an immediate impact, but his long range shot was well saved by Khune in the 53rd minute.

The Chilli Boys were finding it difficult to unlock the Amakhosi defence which was marshalled by Daniel Cardoso.

However, the hosts applied some pressure on the Amakhosi defence in the closing stages of the action-packed encounter.

Amakhosi’s inspirational captain Khune got injured in stoppage time and he was replaced by Cardoso in goal as the visitors had used all their substitutes.

Chiefs held on to their slender lead in stoppage time and they emerged 1-0 winners against United.

United (0) 0

Chiefs (1) 1 (Parker 31′)

United: Akpeyi, Macheke, Okwuosa, Konqobe (Sekola 88′), Maphanga, Mako, Mdlinzo, Mabaso, Mvelase, Mbenyane (Lentjies 55′), Manzini (Julies 50′).

Chiefs: Khune , Cardoso, Mathoho, Ngezana, Zulu, Katsande, Meyiwa, Ekstein (Zuma 67′), Tshabalala (Malope 82′), Molangoane, Parker (Paez 78′).

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Polokwane City stun Orlando Pirates in TKO – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Mpho Makola of Orlando Pirates challenged by Lorence Vilakazi of Polokwane City during the 2017 Telkom Knockout football match between Orlando Pirates and Polokwane City at Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg on 04 November 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Nov 04, 2017. 23:40

Polokwane City defeated Orlando Pirates 4-2 on penalties following a 2-2 draw in a Telkom Knockout Cup quarter-final match at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

The win sees Rise and Shine book their place in this year’s semi-finals, while the Buccaneers are eliminated from the competition.

It took only two minutes for the home side to break the deadlock – silencing the Pirates fans inside the Mecca of South African football.

Rendani Ndou headed into an empty following a good cross by Rodney Ramagalela to make it 1-0 to Polokwane in the second minute.

However, Rise and Shine’s lead only lasted for 11 minutes as Ntsikelelo Nyauza scored with a powerful low shot to make it 1-1 for Pirates.

The hosts should have taken the lead for the first time after there were awarded a penalty in the 25th minute, but Mpho Makola missed the target.

Polokwane then managed to regain their lead in the 41st minute when Ndou fired past Pirates goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands to make it 2-1.

Pirates then pressed Polokwane and they restored parity again, and this time it was Makola, who scored in stoppage time. The score was 2-2 at the interval.

The Buccaneers enjoyed more possession in the first 15 minutes of the second-half as they searched for their third goal.

However, Rise and Shine looked dangerous on transition with hard-running striker Ramagalela spearheading their attack.

Polokwane’s substitute keeper Harold Ndlovu and his Pirates counter-part Sandilands produced late saves to ensure that the game went into extra-time.

There were no goals in extra-time and the match went into a penalty shootout. Polokwane went on to win 4-2 on penalties.

Pirates (2) 2 (Nyauza 13′, Makola 45’+3)

Polokwane (2) 2 (Ndou 2′, 41′)

Polokwane emerged 4-2 winners on penalties.

Pirates: Sandilands, Chabalala, Nyauza, Van Heerden, Matlaba, Nyatama, Makola (Rakhale 110′), Qalinge (Norodien 102′), Lorch (Kutumela 58′), Shonga, Gabuza.

Polokwane: Chigova (Ndlovu 35′), Semenya, Ravhuhali, Mbonani, Maponyane, Seabi, Vilakazi, Klaas (Mngomezulu 56′), Ramagalela, Maluleke, Ndou (Booi 87′).

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Gamal leads Bidvest Wits into TKO final four – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Ahmed Gamal Amr of Bidvest Wits

Bertin Basson

Saturday Nov 04, 2017. 22:40

Bidvest Wits booked their place in the semifinals of the 2017 Telkom Knockout Cup with a 1-0 win over Baroka FC at Bidvest Stadium on Saturday evening.

Amr Gamal with the only goal of the game as the Clever Boys sealed their spot in the final four. Victory restoring some hope for Gavin Hunt, with his troops currently battling at the wrong end of the Absa Premiership log standings.

Bakgaga, who have enjoyed a stellar campaign thus far, made their intentions clear from the onset and went close through Gift Motupa within two minutes.

Darren Keet forced into a top save to deny the midfielder who’s dipping effort from range was on it’s way to rattling the back of the net.

The Clever Boys duly opened the scoring as Gamal bagged his third of the competition: guiding home Vincent Pule’s low cross.

The visitors continued to probe with chances aplenty at either end of the pitch throughout the opening stanza. Keet up to the task once more in the 40th minute after Motupa broke through on goal.

Hunt’s men with a narrow lead at the break.

Bidvest Wits tightened up their defence following the interval as they set their sights on the next round, but progression wasn’t sealed without a few nervy moments.

Robin Ngalande and Albert Mothupa guilty of scuffing their attempted efforts after darting in behind the Clever Boys defence.

In the end, though, Gamal’s early goal proved to be the difference between the two sides as domestic football takes a back seat ahead of the impending international break.

Bidvest Wits (1) 1 (Gamal 10′)

Baroka FC (0) 0

Bidvest Wits: Keet; Frosler, Hlatshwayo, Allie (Scott 62′), Hlanti – Ntshangase, Monare, Pelembe, Klate (Mkhwanazi (90+4′) – Pule, Gamal (Keene 83′).

Baroka FC: Vries; Kgoetyane, Mahashe, Banda, Mothupa, Moeti (Matloga 87′), Madubanya, Mdantsane (Nguzana 81′), Motupa – Chawapiwa, Macha (Ngalande 46′).

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Platinum Stars stutter at home and exit TKO Cup – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Jacky Motshegwa of Bloemfontein Celtic challenged by Vuyo Mere of Platinum Stars during 2017 Telkom Knockout Quarter Final match between Platinum Stars and Bloemfontein Celtic at Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg South Africa on 04 November 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Nov 04, 2017. 17:52

Bonginkosi Ntuli’s early goal didn’t make any difference for Platinum Stars as they lost 2-1 to Bloemfontein Celtic in a Telkom Knockout quarterfinal match on Saturday at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

On the other hand, goals from Lantshene Phalane and Tshegofatso Mabaso were enough to dispatch Dikwena out of the competition.

Victor Letsoalo had a glorious opportunity to make it 1-0 in the 25th when his deflected shot in the box went over the cross bar.

However, it was Ntuli who broke the deadlock five minutes later after receiving a long pass into the box, and the burly forward chipped the oncoming Tignyemb to make it 1-0.

It was the hosts who were leading at half time.

Siwelele pushed for an equaliser in the second stanza and they levelled matters when Phalane netted with a fine left-footed set piece to beat Stars keeper Dino Visser in the 58th minute.

Ntuli missed a wonderful opportunity from a header after a great cross down the left flank, the goalscorer saw his effort going wide with just Tignyemb to beat in the 79th minute.

In the 80th minute, the visitors came back from behind to grab the lead through substitute Mabaso after brilliant play by Kabelo Mahlasela who beat three Dikwena defenders before setting up a cross.

Despite their efforts to find an equaliser, the hosts were not clinical upfront as they exit the competition they won in 2013.

Platinum Stars: (1) (Ntuli 30′)

Bloemfontein Celtic: (0) 2 (Phalane 58′, Mabaso 80′)

Platinum Stars: Visser, De Jongh, Mwedihanga, Zulu, Sithole, Mere, Ng’ambi, Mkhabela (Matlakala 87′), Links (Mwila 65′), Otladisa, Ntuli

Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb, Pfumbidzai, Rikhotso, Ndengane, Mabena (Lubisi 88′), Letsoalo, Letlabika, Baloyi, Hotto, Motshegwa (Mabaso 74′), Phalane

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Chippa, Chiefs set for first cup clash in TKO quarterfinals

Bernard Parker of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Polokwane City and Kaizer Chiefs at Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 31 October 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Friday Nov 03, 2017. 15:00

Chippa United and Kaizer Chiefs will have their first cup clash when they meet in the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on 5 November 2017, kick-off at 15h30.

Chippa booked their place in the last eight of the TKO with a 1-0 win over Mamelodi Sundowns last weekend. The win – secured by a goal from former ‘Downs player Samuel Julies – was both their first over the Brazilians and their first win in the competition.

Chiefs, meanwhile, put in an impressive performance to thrash AmaZulu 3-0 in Durban, thanks to goals from George Maluleka, Hendrick Ekstein and Siphiwe Tshabalala. The Soweto giants have won a record 13 League Cup titles (three of them in the TKO era), though their last triumph was in the 2010/11 season.

While this will be the first cup game between Chippa and Chiefs, the teams have been regular combatants in league football since the former was promoted to the top flight back in 2012. The clubs have crossed swords eight times in the Absa Premiership, with the Amakhosi claiming five wins compared to two for the Chilli Boys.

Last season Chippa beat Chiefs 3-1 in the Eastern Cape in the first half of the campaign – with Lerato Manzini scoring two goals – but the Amakhosi claimed revenge by winning 1-0 at home in the return game.

Chippa come into the match having claimed a stunning 2-0 away win over league champions Bidvest Wits in midweek – with Julies scoring two more goals – while Chiefs were held to a goalless draw by hosts Polokwane City.

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Baroka progress in TKO at expense of champions – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Sibusiso Masina of Cape Town City FC challenged by Mzwanele Mahashe, Matome Kgoetyane and Olaleng Shaku of Baroka during the 2017 Telkom Knockout football match between Baroka and Cape Town City at Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 29 October 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Brian Lee

Sunday Oct 29, 2017. 17:42

Defending champions Cape Town City suffered an early exit in the Telkom Knockout as they lost 1-0 to Baroka FC on Sunday afternoon at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Baroka handed the Citizens their third straight loss in all competitions after a single goal from Talent Chawapihwa.

The Cape Town-based side had a bright start, but it was goalkeeper Sage Stephens who produced a fine save in the eighth minute to keep the scores at 0-0 to deny Mzwanele Mahashe from close range.

However, Baorka’s Virgil Vries also showed his quality two minutes later to punch Ayanda Patosi’s long range effort over the cross bar for a corner.

The Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele displayed good moves to break the deadlock as Chawapiwa produced a thunderous left-footed shot on the edge of the area to beat Stephens in the 16th minute.

Baroka nearly doubled their lead when Mahashe was denied by the woodwork in the 22nd minute after a well-drilled header which came from a corner kick.

Despite their dominance towards the final stages of the encounter, the defeding champions could not utilise their chances upfront and it was 1-0 at half time.

City emerged from the tunnel with more purpose, yet they could not penetrate the hosts defence.

Substitute Robin Ngalande nearly made an immediate impact in the 64th minute when he received a pass in the box, but the Malawian could not lower his effort.

Gift Motupa showed his class as he beat Robyn Johannes on the right flank shortly after that, only to waste a brilliant effort in the box with only Stephens to beat

With three minutes to go, coach Kgoloko Thobejane’s side was put under pressure when Obinna broke free in the box, yet his shot went straight to Vries who held on.

Despite intensifying their search for a goal, Benni McCarthy’s side was not clinical upfront and exited the tournament at the first hurdle.

In the wake of the win the Polokwane-based outfit joins Platinum Stars, Bidvest Wits, Polokwane City, Bloemfontein Celtic, Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Chippa United in the quarterfinals.

Baroka FC: (1) 1 (Chawapihwa 16′)

Cape Town City: (0)

Baroka: Vries, Mahashe, Motupa, Kgoetyane, Madubanya, Mothupa, Chawapihwa (Matloga 78′), Shaku, Moeti, Sidumo (Ngalande 62′), Mdantsane

Cape Town City: Stephens, Mkhize, Gumede , Johannes, Edmilson, Nodada, Putsche (Martin 70′), Patosi (Fielies 81′), Masina (Modise 58′), Lakay, Obinna

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Chiefs beat AmaZulu to book TKO quarter-final spot

Daniel Cardoso of Kaizer Chiefs clears Mabhuti Khenyeza of AmaZulu during 2017 Telkom Knockout match between Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban South Africa on 28 October 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Oct 28, 2017. 22:26

Kaizer Chiefs overcame AmaZulu FC 3-0 in a Telkom Knockout Cup Last 16 match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night.

As a result, Amakhosi advance to the quarter-finals, while Usuthu are eliminated from the tournament.

Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune was kept busy by AmaZulu in the opening stages of the game and he denied AmaZulu striker Rhulani Manzini in the fifth minute.

However, the South Africa international should have been beaten in the 23rd minute, but AmaZulu striker Mabhuti Khenyeza missed the target from close range.

Chiefs then took the lead nine minutes later after the AmaZulu defence gave George Maluleka a lot of space.

The central midfielder then unleashed a shot into the top corner to make it 1-0 to Chiefs much to the delight of the Amakhosi fans.

AmaZulu tried to level matters before half-time, but Chiefs stood firm at the back and the score was 1-0 to the hosts at the interval.

Chiefs took control of the match after the restart with Willard Katsande stamping his authority in the middle of the park.

Hendrick Ekstein scored with a deflected shot to make it 2-0 to Chiefs in the 55th minute following a corner-kick.

The momentum was with the hosts and they extended their lead in the 59th minute through Siphiwe Tshabalala, who made it 3-0 from close range.

Cavin Johnson, the AmaZulu head coach, reacted by introducing Siyabonga Nomvethe a minute later as Usuthu looked to pull one back.

However, the former South Africa international was tightly marked by the Chiefs defence in the latter stages of the encounter.

AmaZulu striker Mhlengi Cele was denied by Khune at the near-post in the 87th minute and ultimately, Chiefs won 3-0 on the night.

Chiefs (1) 3 (Maluleka 32′, Ekstein 55′, Tshabalala 59′)

AmaZulu (0) 0

Chiefs: Khune, Cardoso, Mathoho, Ngezana, Zulu, Katsande, Maluleke, Ekstein (85′), Tshabalala (Moon 74′), Molangoane, Parker (Zuma 69′).

AmaZulu: Pule, Mbatha B, Sikhakhane, Gumede M, Gumede P, Darpoh, Ncube (Mnguni 83′), Ncobeni, Cele, Manzini (Ntsundwana 76′), Khenyeza (Nomvethe 60′).

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Urban Warriors suffer TKO heartbreak

Prince Nxumalo of Ajax Cape Town challenged by Jabulani Maluleke of Polokwane City during the 2017 Telkom Knockout football match between Polokwane City and Ajax Cape Town at Old Peter Stadium, Polokwane on 28 October 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Staff Reporter

Saturday Oct 28, 2017. 19:20

Ajax Cape Town’s hopes of adding another Telkom Knockout crown to their trophy cabinet, was crushed at the very first hurdle with Polokwane City emerging victorious at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday.

Rise and Shine booking their place in the quarterfinals with a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win over the Urban Warriors. The game was deadlocked at 0-0 after 120 minutes of football.

The hosts dictated the early exchanges on an usually cold afternoon in the Limpopo province, but the visitors should’ve opened the scoring just after the half-hour mark.

Tashreeq Morris failing in his attempt to beat George Chigova after being put straight through on goal.

Rise and Shine conjured a similar opportunity at the other end of the pitch, but Jody February was up to the task – the Ajax Cape Town goal-minder with a brilliant save to deny Rondey Ramagalela in the 44th minute.

The game continued to ebb and flow, following the interval, but neither side showed any killer instinct in the penalty area and with no goal to separate the two sides: extra-time duly followed.

A similar pattern played itself out in the added half-an-hour, and with no goal forthcoming the game would be decided through the lottery of penalties.

Rodrick Kabwe and Roscoe Pietersen failed to convert from the spot for the visitors, and with Rise and Shine flawless from 12 yards, they duly sealed their place in the next round alongside Platinum Stars and Orlando Pirates.

Polokwane City (0) 0

Ajax Cape Town (0) 0

Polokwane City won 4-3 on penalties.

Polokwane City: Chigova; Semenya, Ravhuhali, Mbonani, Maponyane, Seabi, Maluleke, Tlolane, Musona (Phiri 96′), Ndou (Booi 72′), Ramagalela (Mngomezulu 83′).

Ajax Cape Town: February; Evans, Booysen (Kabwe 98′), Lebusa, Sasman – Pietersen, Mdabuka, Mzwakali (Margeman 80′) – Mosadi, Morris (George 90′), Nxumalo.

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Qalinge strike takes Pirates into TKO quarters

Orlando Pirates celebrates their first goal during 2017 Telkom Knockout match between Golden Arrows and Orlando Pirates at Princess Magogo Stadium in Kwa Mashu in Durban South Africa on 28 October 2017 © Aubrey Kgakatsi /BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 28, 2017. 17:43

Thabo Qalinge scored the only goal of the game as Orlando Pirates overcame Golden Arrows in a Telkom Knockout last 16 match at Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The victory sees the Buccaneers keep up their 100 percent record against Abafana Bes’thende in knockout matches and advance into the quarterfinals of South Africa’s League Cup.

Arrows began the match with great confidence, but it was Pirates who created the early chances, with Justin Shonga denied by Nkosingiphile Gumede at close range in the 11th minute, followed by a glancing header onto the post from Thabo Qalinge five minutes later.

The home side’s best chance of the first half arrived on the 30-minute mark when Zolani Nkombelo provided a teasing cross from the left which was touched just wide by striker Lerato Lamola.

On 35 minutes the Buccaneers broke the deadlock, with the excellent Qalinge running onto a flick-on from Lorch before lobbing the on-rushing Gumede to find the back of the net and make it 1-0.

Qalinge continued his magic early in the second half and on 51 minutes he burst through the Arrows defence, only to be denied at the last second by a crucial intervention from Nkombelo.

Abafana Bes’thende blew a great chance to equalise in the 67th minute, with Knox Mutizwa left unmarked to have a free header from a corner kick, but the Zimbabwean put his effort over the target.

On 82 minutes the Durban side created another great chance when a flick-on put Siphelele Magubane in on goal, but the attacking midfielder saw his powerful effort turned away by goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane.

That chance signaled the start of a siege on Pirates’ goal in the dying stages, but try as they might, Golden Arrows couldn’t find a way to put the ball in the back of the net and exit the TKO in the first round.

Golden Arrows 0

Orlando Pirates (1) 1 (Qalinge 35’)

Arrows: Gumede, S. Dube, Mngwengwe, Mzava, Nkombelo, Mahachi (Jappie 65’), Shongwe (Chideu 71’), Bilankulu, Magubane, Mutizwa, Lamola (Sibiya 46’)

Pirates: Mabokgwane, Maela, Nyauza, Chabalala, Matlaba, Sarr, Makola, Qalinge, Lorch (Mobara 73’), Shonga (Rakhale 63’), Kutumela (Shitolo 85’)

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TKO hero nearing City return

Telkom Knockout Player of the Tournament, Aubrey Ngoma of Cape Town City FC during the 2016/17 PSL Awards at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg South Africa on 10 July 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Bertin Basson

Saturday Oct 28, 2017. 10:00

Aubrey Ngoma is nearing a return to full action and Cape Town City head coach Benni McCarthy is confident that the winger will be in contention within the next two weeks.

Ngoma, 28, hasn’t kicked a ball all season due to a long-term injury, but last season’s Telkom Knockout hero for the Citizens is closing in on a return.

According to McCarthy, his return could’ve been even closer had it not been for the club’s training facilities, as the defending champions prepare to face Baroka FC in Limpopo on Sunday.


“Aubrey is almost back to full fitness, and is training with the group already, so that’s another plus for us,” McCarthy is quoted as saying.

“He was supposed to be back for the Chippa game [last weekend] already, but because we’ve been training on the Green Point fields, the conditions of the pitch were really bad – it was dry and hard, which ended up giving Aubrey problems in other areas – his abductors were affected, and he had bad stiffness.

“So he had to be out for another two extra weeks, but I think he’s in full swing now,” he concluded.

City are away to Bakgaga in a Round of 16 clash this weekend, with the match set to take place at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

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Platinum Stars beat Maritzburg United in TKO – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Mxolisi Kunene of Maritzburg United challenged by Siphiwe Mnguni of Platinum Stars during 2017 Telkom Knockout match between Maritzburg United and Platinum Stars at Harry Gwala Stadium, Pietermaritzburg South Africa on 28 October 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Oct 27, 2017. 22:57

Platinum Stars overcame Maritzburg United 3-1 on penalties following a goalless draw in the Telkom Knockout Cup Last 16 match at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday night.

The victory sees Dikwena booking their place in the quarter-finals, while the Team of Choice are eliminated from the tournament.

Stars shot-stopper Dino Visser was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the first-half as he kept Maritzburg attackers at bay.

The 28-year-old made a decent save to deny Maritzburg striker Evans Rusike in the 24th minute as Maritzburg pressed for the opening goal.

The home side should have broken the deadlock just before the half-time break after the Stars defence was exposed.

However, Rusike, who represented Zimbabwe at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Gabon, missed the target.

Stars then stood firm at the back in the remaining minutes of the first-half and the score was 0-0 at the interval.

Visser was called into action a few minutes after the restart as Maritzburg continued to search for the opening goal.

The former Polokwane City shot-stopper pulled off a good save to deny Maritzburg striker Lebohang Maboe.

As the match progressed, Stars pressed Maritzburg and the visitors had a chance to break the deadlock in the 71st minute.

However, Zambian international Brian Mwila missed the target after controlling the ball very well in the Mariztburg half.

This proved to be the last chance of the match in regulation time and the game went into extra-time.

The only chance of the first-half of extra-time went to Stars full-back Siyabonga Zulu, who missed the target from a free-kick.

Rusike also missed the target from a promising positiion in the second-half of extra-time and a penalty shootout followed following a goalless draw.

Visser was the hero for Stars, who won 3-1 on penalties after the shot-stopper denied Liam Youlley and Mohau Mokate from the spot-kick.

Maritzburg (0) 0

P Stars (0) 0

Maritzburg: Ofori, Onyango (Fransman 70′), Xulu, Saal (Mekoa 69′), Sanoka, Rusike, Shandu, Makaringe, Maboe, Mokate, Kunene (Youlley 100′).

P Stars: Visser, Mnguni, Zulu, Sithole, Mwedihanga, Mere, Masalesa, Monama (De Jongh 78′), Sesinyi (Ng’ambi 54′), Otladisa, Mwila (Ntuli 88′)

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Chippa, ‘Downs battle for TKO quarterfinal berth

Themba Zwane of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Siphiwe Tshabalala of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Versveld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa on 17 October 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Friday Oct 27, 2017. 12:45

Chippa United and Mamelodi Sundowns will battle for a place in the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout when they meet on 29 October 2017 at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium, kick-off at 15h30.

This will be the fourth cup meeting between Chippa and Sundowns and the second in the Telkom KO. Their very first cup meeting was in the last 16 round of this competition back in 2015/16, with the Tshwane side claiming a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Keagan Dolly and Hlompho Kekana.

They also met in the semifinals of last season’s MTN8, with the Brazilians claiming a narrow 1-0 aggregate victory over two legs thanks to a goal from Anthony Laffor.

Across all competitions, the Chilli Boys and ‘Downs have met in 11 matches since 2012/13 and it’s not good reading for the Eastern Cape side: they have yet to claim a single win in the rivalry, with the Brazilians recording six victories and five draws.

The teams last met in a league clash back in March 2017, with Chippa holding Sundowns to a goalless draw at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium. In fact, the teams drew three out of their four meetings last term, suggesting that this clash could be evenly contested.

Sundowns are three-time champions in the League Cup, with their most recent triumph arriving in 2015. Last year the Brazilians were beaten on penalties in the TKO quarterfinals by Tshwane derby rivals SuperSport United, who went on to be runners-up.

As for Chippa, they have participated in the TKO four times before but have never managed to progress past the last 16 stage. Last season they suffered a 2-0 loss away to newcomers Highlands Park in the first round.

In terms of current form, Chippa followed a goalless draw against Maritzburg United with a 2-1 win over Cape Town City in their league matches this month, while Sundowns have suffered back-to-back losses at the hands of Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu.

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Big guns evade each other in TKO Draw

Cape Town City celebrates winning the Cup during the Telkom Knockout Cup Final match between Cape Town City and Supersport United 10 December 2016 at Peter Mokaba StadiumPic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

Bertin Basson

Monday Oct 16, 2017. 16:00

The title sponsors will be smiling following the 2017 Telkom Knockout draw, hosted at Wanderers Club in Johannesburg on Monday afternoon.

With all of the so called ‘big guns’ having evaded one another in the Round of 16 draw, there is more chance of a marque final.

With Orlando Pirates having finished outside the top eight last season, there was a good chance that the Buccaneers and Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs would be paired against each other, but it was not to be.

Instead, eight rather low-key matches will take place later this month with defending champions Cape Town City, who lost in the final of the MTN8 this past weekend, to travel to the Limpopo province for a clash against Baroka FC.

Absa Premiership holders Bidvest Wits will host perennial bogey team Free State Stars with the Amakhosi – the most successful team in South Africa’s version of the League Cup – to host AmaZulu.

Full Draw:

Baroka FC vs Cape Town City

Chippa United vs Mamelodi Sundowns

Bloemfontein Celtic vs SuperSport United

Polokwane City vs Ajax Cape Town

Kaizer Chiefs vs AmaZulu

Bidvest Wits vs Free State Stars

Maritzburg United vs Platinum Stars

Golden Arrows vs Orlando Pirates

Times and Venues for above mentioned fixtures are yet to be confirmed.

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SuperSport assistant coach: We have learned from TKO final defeat – 2017 Nedbank Cup

Stuart Baxter, coach of Supersport United and Kaitano Tembo, assistant coach of Supersport United during the Supersport United media open day at the Megawatt Park Sunninghill in Johannesburg, South Africa on September 12, 2016 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Saturday Jun 24, 2017. 13:00

SuperSport United assistant coach Kaitano Tembo has explained that his side has learned their lessons from losing the Telkom Knockout final last year, as they target Nedbank Cup glory later today.

Matsatsantsa will face Orlando Pirates in the Nedbank Cup final in Durban this evening, with the Tshwane team looking for a repeat of last season’s final triumph over the Buccaneers.

Yet they come into the clash having lost one cup final in the course of the 2016/17 season, notably going down at the hands of Cape Town City in the Telkom Knockout toward the end of 2016.

Ironically Eric Tinkler, the man who masterminded CTC’s triumph in that match, will be United’s new coach from next season. Tinkler is taking from Stuart Baxter, who will pick up his duties with the South African national team full time once the Nedbank Cup final is completed.

Tembo, who has been in charge of SuperSport’s recent CAF club match because of Baxter’s Bafana Bafana work, says his team is desperate to avoid another final defeat.

“I think we’ve got to worry more what we have achieved and what we have yet to achieve this season,” said Tembo.

“We went to the Telkom Knockout final and we lost, and I think it’s very important as well in terms of players they realise that, as far as we have gone to two cup finals, but we haven’t won anything yet.

“I think psychologically we will be looking at it that way, that we need to win something this season and this gives us a very good opportunity to try and win silverware, and still possibly go through to the quarterfinals of the Confed Cup. I think that will be a success for us.”

Tembo added, “Coach Stuart is very professional coach and I’ve learn a lot from him since he arrived at the club.

“He has put in a very professional structure which has allowed me to to work well and try and take over whenever he’s not around, but at the same time you could see the result haven’t changed. He’s always around. He’s always phone call away and we’ve always worked well together.

“I really appreciate the opportunity which I got from him, to say ‘you can lead the team in my absence’. I think it’s all because of the work he has put in that we have been getting results, and I’m really happy with that.”

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