Focus on Telkom Knockout

2016-11-30 06:00

SOUTH AFRICAN soccer followers are in for an exciting time when the popular Telkom Knockout semis take centre stage.

The reigning TKO champions, Mamelodi­ Sundowns, and last season’s runners-up, Kaizer Chiefs, are already out after receiving a rude boot in the quarter-finals.

The other interesting part about this competition is that most of Mzansi’s pundits are already predicting that either Orlando Pirates or Supersport United will be one of this year’s finalists.

The other topic that is dominating local circles is a do-or-die semi-final clash between Pirates and Pretoria-based United.

The Sea Robbers will lock horns with United on Saturday, at 6pm at Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga.

Pirates star midfielder and captain Oupa “Ace” Manyisa agreed that United will be tough customers and both sides will want to go through to the finals.

“It will be a stiff and unpredictable for both teams. It is also a known fact that we both badly want to reach the finals, and that will produce fireworks,” said Manyisa.

Pirates assistant coach Benson Mhlongo says his team will be very careful when facing their Pretoria opponents because they are always dangerous from all angles.

“If you want to survive against a team such as SuperSport United you need to be very cautious because are capable of attacking from all departments.”

United winger Thuso Phala said they are ready for Pirates.

Earlier on the same day Free State Stars will visit Cape Town City at Athlone Stadium at 3pm.

Telkom Knockout semi-finals fixtures:

Saturday, 26 November:

Cape Town City vs Free State Stars, Athlone Stadium - 15:00.

SuperSport United vs Orlando Pirates, Mbombela Stadium - 18:00.

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