Jonty Mark
Football Editor
2 minute read
28 Nov 2014
1:12 pm

Who will win the Telkom Knockout final?

Jonty Mark

It might not involve the major drawcards of the domestic game but tomorrow’s Telkom Knockout final between SuperSport United and Platinum Stars at Orlando Stadium remains an intriguing battle.

SuperSport striker Dove Wome. Pic: Duif du Toit/Gallo Images.

Whether they bus schoolchildren in, give away tickets for free to people on the streets or force all their friends and family to attend, it is hoped the Premier Soccer League and the sponsors between them can produce a reasonably full stadium.

Otherwise the atmosphere, so to speak, will have to be created on the pitch, and these are two teams capable of doing that, even if they do not have a fan base to reflect their merits. SuperSport have gone on an amazing tear since Gordon Igesund took over from Cavin Johnson.

Matsatsantsa have won seven out of nine in all competitions, including storming into the Telkom Knockout final. Igesund has worked his magic in restoring confidence into a side that always had the talent, but simply wasn’t performing under Johnson. Dove Wome and Lebogang Manyama have both been in sparkling form, and a SuperSport side that has netted 17 goals under Igesund so far is a safe bet to add to that tally in the final.

Stars have battled for goals all season, and have struggled in the league under Allan Freese. But their defence of the Telkom Knockout has been superb, mostly reliant on a resolute back four. Dikwena have yet to concede a goal in the competition, and that has allowed them to inch past Chippa United in the last 16 1-0, past Kaizer Chiefs on penalties in the last eight, and past Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 in the semifinals.

Stars beat Chiefs and Sundowns last season on the way to winning the Telkom Knockout and some might see that as a good omen for the side this time around too. It is also good to see that Eleazar Rodgers has found some striking form, with four goals in his last couple of games for the club.

If Rodgers is on song again in Orlando, and if Vuyo Mere and his colleagues in the Stars defence continue to shine in the TKO, it could just be Stars’ day again. But I am backing SuperSport, and tactical maestro Igesund to pick up a narrow 2-1 win.