If the one thing that South African football fans enjoy more than anything in this country it must be watching Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates battling it out and the possibility of the two Soweto giants meeting in the final of the Telkom Knockout on the 7th of December makes it even more interesting.
However, Amakhosi and The Sea Robbers will have to get past Platinum Stars and SuperSport United respectively this coming weekend first. The Buccaneers will face United on Saturday afternoon while Chiefs will play Dikwena; also this weekend.
Looking at the four teams, Chiefs are the defending league and Nedbank Cup champions which means they will always be seen as contenders in every competition. Stars are the MTN 8 winners and last season’s runners up. SuperSport are last season’s Nedbank Cup finalists and have had the tag ‘cup specialist’ following them for quite a while now. Pirates have finished as runners-up twice recently after defeat in the CAF Champions League final by Al Ahly and also by Platinum Stars in the MTN 8 final.
For Orlando Pirates winning everything that is on offer this season can be just what they need considering that they have lost out on the CAF Champions’ League and the MTN 8. With that said, Pirates would not undermine Matsatsantsa because on their day, United can be a very dangerous team. To the detriment of Roger De Sa’s side, their key players were involved in Bafana Bafana’s famous win against world and European champions Spain. Moreover, the Bucs will be playing away from home at Atteridgeville.
In the other match, Amakhosi will face Platinum stars at FNB Stadium. Chiefs won the league encounter the two teams contested at the beginning of the season but considering how much of a great opponent Stars have become to Chiefs, together with the inconsistency that the Amakhosi fans have been subjected to, one can’t really tell which team could walk out victorious come the weekend. Dikwena will also be looking to bring the cup home after they were the first team to win it back in 2006 when they beat Ajax Cape Town by a goal to nil.
When all is said and done, none of the four teams should be underestimated because they are all strong contenders and a final between any two teams would be a game to watch. The record, in cup matches, that both underdogs (United and Stars) have against their respective opponents must be remembered when one thinks that the two Soweto giants have already proceeded to the finals and that means we could even end up having a final between Dikwena and Matsatsantsa.