Absa Premiership

Komphela to face old charges

2015-08-05 08:00
Siphiwe Tshabalala (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Defending MTN8 champions Kaizer Chiefs will face Maritzburg United in the quarter-finals of the 2015 competition.

Chiefs defeated Orlando Pirates 1-0 in the final of the MTN8 last season to claim a record-extending 15th Top Eight Cup title. They also beat Black Aces (4-0) and Platinum Stars (5-0 on aggregate) in the quarter-final and semi-finals respectively.

Amakhosi then went on to enjoy a stellar season in the league, winning the Absa Premiership with a record 69 points to complete a double haul of trophies in 2014/15.

However, they enter the new campaign without several figures who have been key to their success in recent seasons, including coach Stuart Baxter and reigning Player of the Season Tefu Mashamaite.

Steve Komphela - the man who guided Maritzburg United into the top eight last season – has been handed the reins at Chiefs, who have also brought in several new players such as Siyanda Xulu, Camaldine Abraw and Bongani Ndulula.

As for Maritzburg, they will be playing in the MTN8 for the first time after finishing a club-record eighth in the Absa Premiership last term.

However, it is a cruel twist of fate that they will now face a Chiefs team led by Komphela, the very man who guided them into the top half of the table in the first place.

Nonetheless, with a new man in Mandla Ncikasi in charge at the Team of Choice, and a squad boosted by the signing of former Orlando Pirates midfielder Manti Moholo, they will be optimistic of a good season ahead – and be keen to hand their former mentor a defeat in his first official game in charge of the Soweto giants.

In head-to-head stats, Chiefs and Maritzburg have met in just two previous cup matches.

The first was in the first round of the 2005/06 Coca-Cola Cup and the Soweto side claimed a 2-1 home win. The second was in the first round of last season’s Telkom Knockout and again the Amakhosi came out on top, claiming a 1-0 win thanks to Bernard Parker’s early strike.

In all the teams have met in 20 matches across all competitions and Chiefs boast nine wins compared to five for United, while six matches have been drawn.

The teams’ most recent meeting was a league match in Pietermaritzburg in March which the Team of Choice won 1-0 – one of just three defeats Chiefs suffered in the Absa Premiership last season.

The match will be played at the FNB Stadium in Soweto on Wednesday, August 5.

Kick-off is at 19:30.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Fixtures
Tuesday, 26 November 2019
Mamelodi Sundowns v AmaZulu, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 19:30
Highlands Park v Wits, Makhulong Stadium 19:30
Orlando Pirates v Polokwane City, Orlando Stadium 19:30
Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Stellenbosch v Kaizer Chiefs, Cape Town Stadium 19:30
Bloemfontein Celtic v Cape Town City, Dr Molemela Stadium 19:30
Maritzburg United v SuperSport United, Harry Gwala Stadium 19:30
Chippa United v Black Leopards, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 19:30
Baroka FC v Golden Arrows, Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
Saturday, 30 November 2019
Polokwane City v Bloemfontein Celtic, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Cape Town City v Highlands Park, Cape Town Stadium 18:00
Black Leopards v Golden Arrows, Thohoyandou Stadium 18:00
SuperSport United v Stellenbosch, Lucas Moripe Stadium 20:15
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

And the 2019/20 Absa Premiership champions will be ... ?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.