The “Big 3” clubs in the South African Premier Soccer League were separated in the Telkom Knockout Cup draw held at Supersport studios Randburg, Johannesburg on Wednesday afternoon.
Kaizer Chiefs face a tricky away fixture in the Mother City when they face A Benni McCarthy inspired Cape Town City in the opening fixture.
Bullish defending champions might be up against it when the face newly crowned MTN8 champions Supersport United.
Baroka FC coach Wison Nyirenda believes he can go all the way again as he feels that his current squad is better than the one from last season.
The Ga-Mphahlele based club from Limpopo who shocked all critics and doubters last season by defeating the Mighty Orlando Pirates to clinch the R4 million prize will aim at silencing the naysayers again by defending the trophy.
Meanwhile, Mamelodi Sundowns have been drawn to face AmaZulu at home in Pretoria whilst Orlando Pirates face Premiership new boys Stellenbosch FC at home in Johannesburg.
Telkom, the official sponsor of the tournament for 13 consecutive years, will be giving away daily cash prizes to the value of R1 million as they aim to once again put supporters at the centre of this year’s tournament.
The final of the Telkom Knockout will be played on December 14 at a venue yet to be announced.
Gugu Mthembu, Telkom Executive for Brand and Product Segments said: “All hands are on deck and we are ready to see drama unfold on the soccer field.
“There is a lot on the cards for Telkom customers and we promise an amazing tournament this season.”
Telkom Knockout last-16 draw:
Chippa United v Bloemfontein Celtic
Lamontville Golden Arrows v Polokwane City
Orlando Pirates v Stellenbosch FC
SuperSport United v Baroka FC
Highlands Park v Black Leopards
Maritzburg United v Bidvest Wits
Cape Town City v Kaizer Chiefs
Mamelodi Sundowns v AmaZulu
By Gerald Dandah