Absa Premiership

Difficult Telkom Knockout draw for success-starved Kaizer Chiefs

Ernst Middendorp (Gallo Images)
Ernst Middendorp (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Success-starved South African crowd-pullers Kaizer Chiefs were paired with Cape Town City Wednesday in the standout tie of the Telkom Knockout first round draw.

Only fellow Soweto side Orlando Pirates can match Chiefs in South Africa when it comes to support, but the club have suffered four trophy-less seasons.

While winning at Cape Town City is a tough ask, they have achieved the feat this season with a 2-1 league victory courtesy of goals from Daniel Cardoso and Kearyn Baccus.

Durban-born midfielder Baccus was one of several close season signings, joining Chiefs from Melbourne City, one of four Australian clubs he played for.

Pirates, who have made a poor start to the season, will be grateful for home advantage against promoted Stellenbosch, who have quickly become a competitive force.

Former CAF Champions League champions Mamelodi Sundowns host league strugglers AmaZulu and title holders Baroka FC have a difficult assignment away to cup specialists SuperSport United.

Telkom Knockout last 16 draw:

Highlands Park v Black Leopards

Cape Town City v Kaizer Chiefs

Maritzburg Utd v Bidvest Wits

Mamelodi Sundowns v AmaZulu

SuperSport Utd v Baroka FC (holders)

Orlando Pirates v Stellenbosch

Golden Arrows v Polokwane City

Chippa United v Bloemfontein Celtic

Note: Matches to be played between October 19-22.

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