Cape Town - The 2015 Telkom Knockout final is set to bring
two of the most revered coaches in South Africa together in a classic encounter.
Mamelodi Sundowns’ Pitso Mosimane will be appearing in his
eighth cup final as a coach, to go with numerous as a player, and has tasted
recent success when he helped The Brazilians to Nedbank Cup success at the end
of last season.
At the other end of the spectrum is Kaizer Chiefs’
Steve Komphela who will be looking at winning silverware with the Soweto giants
and this year’s Telkom Knockout gives the coach the opportunity to do just
Komphela recently joined Amakhosi and will certainly
cement his place in the hearts of the fans should he guide Amakhosi to cup
“With Kaizer Chiefs, when you come here, you accept the job
and you just have to know that you have to come to finals and not only be there
but win it.
“We will do everything in our strength to win it for our
supporters” says Khompela.
Mosimane has claimed
victory in three of his seven cup final appearances and this will be his fourth
final against Chiefs, having won the previous three, the victory coming 2004
Top 8 decider.
But this would also be a period of disappointment for the
then SuperSport coach as they lost to Chiefs in the 2004 League Cup and 2006
Top 8, to Bloemfontein Celtic in the 2005 Top 8, and to Jomo Cosmos in the 2005
He too knows that any Sundowns coach is judged on the
silverware he delivers to the trophy cabinet at Chloorkop and as such defeat in
Durban would be a blow.
“The Telkom Knockout is important to us,” says Mosimane.
“When I first came here we went to the final, last year we
lost in the semi-final. This cup has been drifting away from us, so we must try
and bring it closer to us.
“It’s important for the confidence of the team and the
The final will be played in front of a
sold out Moses Mabhida Stadium on the Day of Reconciliation, December
Kick-off is at 18:00.