Friday, 22 November 2019 09:02

Mamelodi Sundowns will take a mixed record in Telkom Knockout semifinals into their clash with Lamontville Golden Arrows at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.

Sundowns will be making a sixth appearance in the semifinals of the competition since its inception in 2006, and have three wins and two defeats in the previous five.

Meanwhile Lamontville Golden Arrows will be appearing in a third Telkom Knockout semifinal and will be hoping for a change in fortunes this time round.

Arrows lost both of their previous visits to this stage of the competition, but might fancy a victory against Sundowns after they beat their opponents 3-2 in a league game at the same venue a fortnight ago.

Elsewhere Maritzburg will be seeking a first ever Telkom Knockout final appearance, and a second in any cup competition after they lost the decider of the 2018 Nedbank Cup to Free State Stars.  

While Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has a number of squad issues to mull over ahead of Sunday’s Telkom Knockout semifinal with Maritzburg United, including suspensions, injury and the late return of players from national team duty.

Key defender Erick Mathoho and goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi are both suspended for the match after picking up red and yellow cards respectively in the 3-2 Soweto Derby victory over Orlando Pirates before the Fifa International break.

The loss of Nigeria international Akpeyi is a blow with first-choice Itumeleng Khune still sidelined, which means there will be a likely nod for Bruce Bavuma between the posts.

And the Premier Soccer League has confirmed that the 2019 Telkom Knockout final will be staged at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on 14 December.

 

Telkom Knockout Fixtures:

Saturday,23 November 2019.

Golden Arrows vs. Mamelodi Sundowns @ 15:00 (Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.

Sunday,24 November 2019.

Kaizer Chiefs vs. Maritzburg United @ 15:00 (Mbombela Stadium).