Phunya Sele Sele kicks the 2016 TKO off when they meet Cape Town City at the Cape Town Stadium in a first-round tie on tonight (7.30pm kick off).
The club from the Free State capital has not won any major silverware since they beat Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 in the 2012 final in Durban, where Joel Mogorosi netted the only goal.
Of the players who got their hands on the trophy four years ago, only Lyle Lackay and Patrick Tignyemb still remain at the club.
There is still a long road to go before Celtic can start thinking about opening up the trophy cabinet again. But having secured their first win of the season, against Platinum Stars in the league last week, Team Manager John Maduka says there is renewed confidence in the camp.
“Our first win of the season has reignited that positive spirit and it is always extra special to win away from home. Players always want to do their best and their commitment has always been unquestionable and only lady luck was deserting us,” the former Celtic captain told the club’s website.
“Head coach Serame Letsoaka and his technical team have been working tirelessly at training on different methods and rectifying mistakes identified in the past games.
“City cannot be undermined with the type of players they do have but again we must continue where we left off. We have not won a trophy in a long time. One of our main objectives for this season is to reward our supporters with a trophy and this is a proper chance,” Maduka explained.