Pre-season sizzlers

2019-07-31 06:02
PHOTO: twitter.comThe KZN Premier’s Cup draw for this coming weekend in Durban.

PHOTO: twitter.comThe KZN Premier’s Cup draw for this coming weekend in Durban.

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THE buzz for the new Premier Soccer League (PSL) season is set to be ramped this weekend with the staging of two notable exhibition events.

KwaZulu-Natal’s finest will be on show in the sixth edition of the KZN Premier’s Cup in Durban on Saturday and Sunday, while Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates trade blows in the sold-out Carling Black Label Cup in Egoli on Saturday.

The 2019/20 PSL campaign comes to life a week later and the teams involved in the final pre-season events on the coast and Gauteng will want to scoop derby honours to boost their spirits before entering their league openers.

It will also be a chance for their fans to see the various finalised squads in action, with Pirates having been the busiest in the transfer market recently and scooping Maritzburg United midfield sensations Fortune Makaringe and Siphesihle Ndlovu among many others.

Maritzburg, who have made five signings of their own to date, including Zim­babwean speedster Gabriel Nyoni, are back training in the city this week after a camp in Limpopo.

Coach Eric Tinkler’s men will face ambitious National First Division (NFD) outfit Royal Eagles in the quarter-finals of the KZN Premier’s Cup.

The match takes place at Princess Magogo Stadium at 3 pm on Saturday.

Should the Team of Choice win this encounter against a side they overcame in the PSL relegation/promotion play-offs at the end of last season, they will have a semi-final date with the winners of an all-NFD quarter-final between Richards Bay and Real Kings at 11.30 am on Sunday at King Zwelithini Stadium.

The first match of the no-charge tournament on Saturday features AmaZulu and Uthongathi at 11 am.

Maritzburg have announced that their supporters can get a free bus ride to Durban by signing up for a seat at the club’s offices in Victoria Road.

Golden Arrows received a bye to the first semi-final at 9 am on Sunday.

The tournament, whose final is at 3 pm on Sunday, will cost the regional government about R5 million to stage — which includes each of the seven clubs involved getting an appearance fee of R585 000.

Up in Egoli, Amakhosi and Bucs do battle at 3 pm on Saturday in the Carling Black Label Cup and stand tickets were already sold out last week, further highlighting the popularity of these two clubs.

Like the KZN event, plenty of entertainment is in the offing for spectators at “Soccer City”.

Where it differs from the Durban affair is that it will be covered live on television.

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