The big guns were largely kept apart at the Telkom Knockout Last 16 draw on Monday night. Bidvest Wits will host Moroka Swallows, SuperSport United play Free State Stars, Ajax Cape Town take on Mpumalanga Black Aces, Platinum Stars welcome Chippa United, Mamelodi Sundowns face the University of Pretoria in a capital derby, Maritzburg United visit Kaizer Chiefs, Polokwane City travel to Orlando Pirates and Bloemfontein Celtic are away at AmaZulu. Venues, dates and kick-off times will be confirmed in due course.
The first round will kick off on the weekend of 4/5 October 2014 when champs, Dikwena defend their title they famously won after beating the Buccaneers in last year’s deciding match at the Mbombela Stadium. A total of 15 strength-versus-strength matches will be played before the trophy is lifted on 29 November. And with a total purse of R14,2 million on offer, there is more than just pride at stake in one of Africa’s richest football competitions.
The Telkom Knockout competition was first played in 1982 and has largely been dominated by Amakhosi, who have won almost half of the tournaments played, 13 of the previous 32.