The 2019 Telkom Knockout Quarter Final came and went with an intriguing Soweto Derby laden with so much animosity and controversy and a Chippa United side clutching at last straws giving Mighty Sundowns a tough run for their money only to wilt at the dreaded penalty shootout stage.
There were 8 teams and after closely fought contests and captivating fixtures that led to 3 penalty shootouts deciders out of the 4 fixtures, 4 teams now remain with a big shout to claim at least a piece of silverware come and of season.
Trophy starved Kaizer Chiefs remained in the hunt for at least a piece of silver in 5 seasons as they maintained their momentum in the 2018/19 season to floor another giant Orlando Pirates straight from overcoming Mamelodi Sundowns last weekend.
Chiefs last smile came in the 2014/15 season where they claimed a league and cup double under British mentor Stuart Baxter.
Maritzburg United were the first team to book their place in the 2019 Telkom Knockout semifinals on Friday night following a 4-3 penalty shoot-out (1-1 after extra-time) win over Highlands Park at Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg.
Kaizer Chiefs defeated Orlando Pirates 4-2 penalties following a 2-2 draw in at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday in a tense and controversy filled match where match officials again hogged the headlines for the wrong reasons.
Lamontville Golden Arrows secured a 1-0 win over SuperSport United in the 2019 Telkom Knockout Cup quarterfinal match at the Mbombela Stadium on Saturday night.
Mamelodi Sundowns beat 10-man Chippa United 4-3 in a penalty shootout (2-2 after extra-time) at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Sunday afternoon.
There is a high possibility for a Kaizer Chiefs-Mamelodi Sundowns showdown in the final that is if each team can surpass their tricky semi final fixtures.
The two Gauteng giants recently met in a massive Premier Soccer League match which was won 2-0 by Chiefs in the city of Tshwane.
Semi final fixtures will be played on 22 and 23 November and PSL will announce match venues and kick off times in due course.
Full Telkom Knockout Semi Final Draw:
Golden Arrows v Mamelodi Sundowns
Kaizer Chiefs v Maritzburg United
By Gerald Dandah