Stars out to add to cup status

2014-11-28 15:01
Thuso Phala (Supplied)
Thuso Phala (Supplied)
Cape Town - Platinum Stars will be out to add to their status as recent cup kings of South African football when they take on SuperSport United in the 2014 Telkom Knockout final.

The match takes place at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, with kick-off scheduled for 3pm on Saturday afternoon.

Defending champions Dikwena, who also won the 2013 Nedbank Cup, are chasing a second successive TKO final win, and a third in total, having also won the tournament back in 2006.

Three-time league champions SSU have never won the competition, having been losing finalists in 2004 and 2005.

While struggling for form in the league, Stars have battled gallantly in the TKO, having had to overcome Chippa United, Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns to reach the 2014 final.

In reaching the final showdown, the North-West outfit have not conceded a single goal, but they have also only scored twice, including an own goal in the first round win over Chippa.

Matsatsantsa, meanwhile, beat Free State Stars, Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates to book their place at the Orlando Stadium, scoring five goals and conceding just once. Dove Wome has been their most prolific scorer, with three goals to his name.

Along with Wome, the likes of Lebogang Manyama, former Stars winger Thuso Phala and David Mathebula could be the men to pose a threat to the Stars defence, while centre-backs Clayton Daniels and Mor Diouf also know the way to the back of the net.

Dikwena's potential danger-men include Mogakolodi Ngele, who netted both goals in the 2013 TKO final win against Pirates. Strikers Eleazar Rodgers and Ndumiso Mabena are both in goal-scoring form, while Malawi midfielder Robert Ng'ambi has the class to be a match-winner on his day.

The two teams have already met this season, with the Supersport having won the league encounter 3-1 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.

Overall, the two clubs have clashed 26 times in the course of their history, with Matsatsantsa winning 12, Stars seven, and eight draws.

Both teams are expected to have a clean bill of health for the game, with the exception of SuperSport midfielder Roscoe Pietersen, who is suspended for the game.

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