Absa Premiership

SSU, Dikwena set for epic final

2014-11-28 11:56
Telkom Knockout trophy (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - SuperSport United and Platinum Stars will battle for the 2014 Telkom Knockout title when they meet in the final at Orlando Stadium.

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SuperSport have advanced to the final of the Telkom Knockout with wins over Free State Stars (last 16, 1-0), Bidvest Wits (quarterfinals, 2-1) and Orlando Pirates (semifinal, 2-0)..

The Tshwane side has played 19 Telkom Knockout matches since the tournament’s inception in 2006, recording 10 wins, three draws and six defeats. They have won one of the three penalty shootouts they have been involved in.

Matsatsantsa’s best showing in the Telkom Knockout era (2006 onwards) is reaching the final this year.

In League Cup history, SuperSport have twice reached the final (2004 & 2005) but lost on both occasions.

Stars’ defence of their Telkom Knockout title has seen them overcome Chippa United (last 16, 1-0), Kaizer Chiefs (quarterfinals, 5-3 on penalties) and Mamelodi Sundowns (semifinals, 1-0).

The Rustenburg team has played 18 Telkom Knockout matches since the tournament’s inception in 2006, recording 10 wins, four draws and four defeats. They have won two of the four penalty shootouts they have been involved in.

Dikwena’s best showing in the Telkom Knockout era (2006 onwards) is winning the tournament in 2006 and 2013.

In head-to-head stats, Stars and SuperSport have met in just three previous cup matches.

Each side has one outright victory against the other, while the drawn match went to penalties and was won by Dikwena.

The teams’ first cup clash was in the first round of the 2003/04 Coca-Cola Cup (a predecessor of the Telkom Knockout) – Stars won 2-0 thanks to goals from Nkosi and Masanabo.

The second clash was in the quarterfinals of the 2007 Absa Cup: the match ended goalless after extra time and the Rustenburg side won the penalty shootout 7-6.

The third and final cup clash arrived in the semifinals of the 2013 Nedbank Cup: United won 3-2 thanks to goals from Erasmus, Mulenga and Zuma.

Overall, the teams have crossed swords in 26 league and cup matches since Stars’ promotion to the top flight in 2003.

Matsatsantsa have 12 wins compared to seven for Dikwena, while seven matches have been drawn. This will be the clubs’ first meeting on neutral soil.

The teams have faced off once already this season, a league clash back in September which saw United claim a 3-1 home victory. It ended a run of five successive league matches in which Dikwena went unbeaten against their Pretoria counterparts.

Kick-off at 15:00 on Saturday, November 29.


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