Absa Premiership

Chiefs hunt TKO semi spot

2015-10-23 10:11
Siphelele Mthembu (Supplied)

Cape Town - Mpumalanga Black Aces and Kaizer Chiefs will battle for a place in the semifinals of the 2015 Telkom Knockout when they meet at Mbombela Stadium.

Aces, who have never won the League Cup in any guise, advanced into the last eight of the Telkom Knockout thanks to a penalty shootout victory over Bloemfontein Celtic. The match finished goalless after extra time before the Mpumalanga side showed more gumption from the spot.

Chiefs, who have an unrivalled record of 13 League Cup titles (three of them arriving in the TKO era), beat Platinum Stars 3-0 in the last 16 to book their place in the quarter-finals. The Soweto side’s goals were scored by Eric Mathoho, Siphelele Mthembu and George Maluleka.

Aces and Chiefs have clashed in eight previous cup matches. The Amakhosi have claimed six wins and scored 16 goals, while AmaZayoni have just one win and three goals to show for their efforts. Even the one drawn match was eventually won on penalties by the Soweto giants.

The teams most recent cup meeting was in the quarterfinals of the MTN8 last season, with Chiefs claiming a comprehensive 4-0 win thanks to a brace from Mandla Masango and a strike apiece from Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Kingston Nkhatha.

In all, the teams have clashed in 40 league and cup matches since 1985: Chiefs have 28 wins to Aces’ six, while six matches have been drawn. They should have met in the league on October 17, but the match was postponed due to the late arrival of Bafana Bafana players from their Central American tour.

Both teams were in league action in midweek, with Chiefs held to a 0-0 draw away to struggling Jomo Cosmos, while Aces fought back from two goals down to claim a 2-2 draw at home to Platinum Stars. Judas Mosemaedi scored both of AmaZayoni’s goals in stoppage time.

Kick-off is at 18:00.

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