Fierce Telkom contest

2017-10-26 06:01
Isaac Nhlapo of Ajax Cape Town and Rogert Nyundu of Bloemfontein Celtic in a tussle for the ball in the PSL match played in Athlone Stadium on Saturday. Ajax won 2-1.        PHOTO: Gallo Images

Isaac Nhlapo of Ajax Cape Town and Rogert Nyundu of Bloemfontein Celtic in a tussle for the ball in the PSL match played in Athlone Stadium on Saturday. Ajax won 2-1. PHOTO: Gallo Images

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The sixteen Premier Soccer League Teams are all in action this weekend in the Telkom Cup Knockout Competition. The winner will pocket R4 million.

Cape Town City are the current holders of the Telkom Cup and have a target on their backs. They are one of three teams that are seeded for the competition and the other two are Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits.

Both Cape Town sides, Ajax Cape Town and Cape Town City, travel to Polokwane for their respective encounters against Polokwane City on Saturday 28 October and Baroka FC on Sunday 29 October.

The last time Ajax won the Telkom Cup was in 2008 when they beat Orlando Pirates in Durban by 2-1. That was the golden years at Ajax and players like Bryce Moon, George Maluleka, Clifford Ngobeni, Brett Evans and Terror Fanteni, gave other teams torrid times on the pitch in every encounter.

Cape Town City, the new kids on the block, won’t relinguish their title very easily. They are still reeling from the defeat in the MTN8 final against Supersport United on October 14 by losing with penalties.

It is do or die for both teams as their are no second chances. If you stumble in the first round (eight teams will be eliminated) you are send packing to focus on the PSL Competition again.

Baroka is currently the log leaders in the PSL but that honour does not count in the Telkom Cup.

Both Cape Town sides won’t only have to deal with the supporters of the two teams in Polokwane, but also with the heat.

Last year Ajax stumbled in the first round when they were beaten 1-0 by Supersport United. Their neighbour Cape Town City made amends for this mishap by beating Supersport United in the final by the same score line.

On their way to the final the Citizens disposed of Bloemfontein Celtic, Baroka FC, Free State Stars and Supersport United.

Lebogang Manyama, the then captain of the Citizens, was instrumental in the teams performance during the season last year and was also the top goal scorer in thet PSL. His departure at the beginning of this season was a blow but John Comitis believes that players should spread their wings, especially in European football.

Ajax will depend on Tashreeq Morris and Bantu Mzwakali to score goals, especially after they scored the two goals against Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday.

Robyn Johannes, Ayanda Patosi and Lehlohonolo Majoro of Cape Town City will play a key roll in their encounter with Baroka.

Ajax will play with more confidence after their win against Bloemfontein Celtic and will prove that they are now back to winning ways. The Citizens will prove to their fans that the two losses against Bloemfontein Celtic and Chippa United are the fuel to ignite their campaign in the Telkom Cup. Polokwane will never be the same after this coming weekend’s encounters.

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