Cape Town - Free State Stars and Mamelodi Sundowns will add
another chapter to their cup rivalry when the teams meet in the Telkom Knockout
quarter-final at Goble Park.
Stars, who won the League Cup in 1994 when it was known as
the Coca-Cola Cup, advanced into the last eight with a 1-0 home win over
Bidvest Wits in the previous round. Attacking midfielder Danny Venter scored
the decisive goal for the Free State side.
Sundowns, who have two League Cup titles to their name (1990
& 1999), beat Chippa United 2-0 in the last 16 to advance into the quarterfinals.
Keagan Dolly and Hlompho Kekana scored the Tshwane side’s goals against the
Stars and Sundowns have a rich cup history between them,
having met no less than 14 times since 1989. The Brazilians have generally
emerged as the victors, claiming 10 wins compared to just three for Ea Lla
In fact, Stars have not beaten Sundowns in a cup match since
the very first season of the Premier Soccer League era, way back in 1996/97.
Since then, the Tshwane giants have racked up nine outright victories
(alongside one draw between the teams).
The teams’ most recent cup meeting was a Telkom Knockout
classic: in 2009/10 the Brazilians won 4-3 away from home in the first round,
with a brace from Benedict Vilakazi inspiring them to victory over Ea Lla Koto.
Neutrals will certainly be hoping for a repeat of that thrilling encounter when
the teams meet in the TKO this season.
In all, the teams have clashed in 65 league and cup matches,
with ‘Downs claiming 34 wins compared to Stars’ 13. The Brazilians beat the
Free State side 2-0 both home and away in last season’s pair of league
Both teams were in league action in midweek and claimed
morale-boosting away victories: Stars won 2-0 at Polokwane City thanks to a
brace from Andrea Fileccia, while Anthony Laffor scored the only goal of the
game as ‘Downs beat Bloemfontein Celtic at the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium.
Kick-off is at 15:00 on October 25.