Telkom knock-out preview.
Platinum Stars will hope to continue their fine cup run when they host a fired up Mamelodi Sundowns at the Moruleng Stadium in the quarter-final of the Telkom knock-Out Cup on Saturday night, kick-off at 7:00 pm CAT.
The two sides have already met this season in a league match where Stars had the better of Sundowns after snatching a point away from home in a thrilling encounter played at Loftus Stadium. Platinum Stars Head Coach Allen Freese says his side is optimistic ahead of the clash.
“The confidence is high,” said Freese on the club's official website. He who guided Dikwena to MTN8 Cup last month.
“The Players are responding well to the preparations so far. Sundowns is a big club but we are on the good run and we are up for the challenge on Saturday."
Mamelodi Sundowns are going to this clash on a high after thrashing Bloemfontein Celtic 4-0 in the first round to reach the quarter-finals. Their new striker Katlego Mashego, who is yet to score a goal since joining the Brazilians from Moroka Swallows in winter, says he is aware Dikwena are riding high at the moment but that does not mean they will go down to them.
Mashego told his club's official website, “Look, one might also argue that Stars are on a high especially after winning the MTN8 Cup. But we are also unbeaten this season and that will make things to be difficult for them as well.
“I would like to score on Saturday as I haven’t scored since I joined the club, but I am not putting myself under pressure because I know when I open my account, goals will start flowing and help the club to win games.”
On Saturday earlier, Moroka Swallowes will be in search for their second win in a row over Supersport United this season when both sides clash in the other Telkom Knock-Out quarter-final at the Lucas Muripe Stadium in Pretoria. The Dube Birds have already collected a win over United in the league run so far this season when they beat the 2-1 away from home in September.
Moroka Swallows missed out on defending their MTN8 Cup this season after finishing on the bottom half of the table last season. Another win at Supersport United will give them hope to pick up silverware again this season.
On Sunday afternoon, Kaizer Chiefs, who won this competition than any other club in South Africa, will travel to Free State Stars who knocked them out of the Nedbank Cup the last time both teams met in a cup tie. The Glamour Boys of Neturena are having striking crisis with both Lehlohonolo Majoro and Knowledge Musona doubtful for this clash but good news will be the return of star winger Siphiwe Tshabalala after being sidelined for a while with an injury.
Stuart Baxter might give veteran striker Kaizer Motaung Jnr a rare appearance on Sunday at the Charles Mopeli Stadium. Free State Stars will be relying on their on-form Ghanaian striker Abdul Basit Adams who scored a spectacular stunner goal against Amazulu in the first round of the competition at home two weeks ago.
The other quarter-final clash between Orlando Pirates and Golden Arrows will be played next week Wednesday due to Orlando Pirates’s participation in the CAF Champions League this weekend.