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Sport - Date: 15 October 2018
Written by: Frank Mavhungu / Viewed: 1183
This year’s draw for the annual Telkom Knock-out Competition was held at the SuperSport Studios in Johannesburg last Monday evening.
The teams that finished in the top eight positions on the Absa Premiership log last season have been seeded, meaning that they could not be drawn against each other in the opening round of the competition.
The eight teams seeded are Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Lamontville Golden Arrows, Maritzburg United, Free State Stars and SuperSport United.
The opening-round matches will be played over next weekend (October 20 and 21). The Absa Premiership newcomers, Black Leopards, will play against the mighty Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.
Both Leopards and Kaizer Chiefs are still in shock, following their defeats last weekend. Lidoda Duvha lost 0-1 to Lamontville Golden Arrows at the Princess Magogo Stadium in Durban, while Amakhosi were beaten by the same margin by Polokwane City at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
When asked to comment about the draw, the coach of Black Leopards, Mr Joel “The Prophet” Masutha, said Chiefs were no different from the other Absa Premiership Division teams, saying his boys were always ready to absorb any form of heat.
The defending champions, Bidvest Wits, will travel to the Goble Park Stadium in Bethlehem where they will rub shoulders with Free State Stars. The Stars from the Free State Province have finally found their winning combination. They are still fresh from a 2-0 victory over their neighbours, Bloemfontein Celtic.
Polokwane City will enjoy the home-ground advantage when they take on SuperSport United at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane. Orlando Pirates will entertain Chippa United at the Orlando Stadium.
The other Absa Premiership rookies, Highlands Park, will battle it out against Maritzburg United at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg. Baroka FC will have a date with Lamontville Golden Arrows at the Peter Mokaba Stadium. Mamelodi Sundowns and Bloemfontein Celtics will meet at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria, while Amazulu will host Cape Town City at the Princess Magogo Stadium in Durban.
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Mr Joel “The Prophet” Masutha.
Frank is a Human Resources Manager at the Department of Public Works in Limpopo. He is the longest serving correspondent of the Mirror, having joined us at the end of 1990. He mainly writes sports reports and resides at Tsianda Village. In 2004, Frank won the National Castle League Award, an award for the best reporter in the SAB league in South Africa.