By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
BLOEMFONTEIN Celtic’s Telkom Knockout title defence will be put to a resinous test after they were drawn against recharged Mamelodi Sundowns in the first round of the competition.
Ironically Celtic lifted the title after they narrowly beat the same Sundowns in a fast flowing grand-finale which was played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on December 1 last year. Joel Mogorosi scored the all important goal in the 47th minutes that made Siwelele sa Masele smiled all the way to the bank with a huge cheque worth R 4.2 million.
In another fixture, Kaizer Chiefs will be making their way back to Limpopo for the first time in four months after they were drawn against rookies, Polokwane City.
Chiefs who have in the past seasons used Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane as their alternative home-base will be looking forward to win this one and proceed to the next round with the hope of winning this competition after last season’s good run on both the league and cup competitions.
In another interesting fixture, another rooky side Mpumalanga Black Aces were drawn against Soweto giants Orlando Pirates. Like their fellow rookies, Aces won the rights to be the hosts of this encounter.
The rest of the fixtures are as follows: SuperSport United v Ajax Cape Town, Free State Stars v AmaZulu, BidVest Wits v Golden Arrows, and Moroka Swallows v University of Pretoria.
The competition kicks-off on October 2 with the final match taking place on November 30 at the venue still to be confirmed.
Telkom’s executive group brand and sponsorships, Ms Joy Khaole said they were delighted to be entering the eight year partnership with the Premier Soccer League.
“We would like to thank Irvin Khoza and all at the league for the tremendous amount of hard work that goes into putting together a tournament of this magnitude,” said Khaole.
PSL CEO, Brand de Villiers was equally excited about their partnership with Telkom, saying: “For the past eight years, we have enjoyed a great relationship with our partners Telkom who are also our suppliers and, together we have seen Telkom Knockout tournament grew in stature every year.”