Chiefs and Pirates on trophy trail

Chiefs and Pirates on trophy trail

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi and Cape Town City forward Siphelele Mthembu during the Telkom Knockout 2019 launch at SuperSport Studio 6 in Johannesburg. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates have an opportunity to end their trophy drought with the Telkom Knockout trophy up for grabs following the last 16 draw held in Johannesburg on Wednesday afternoon.

Both Chiefs and Pirates face Cape Town-based sides in Cape Town City and PSL rookies Stellenbosch FC respectively.

Amakhosi travel to the Mother City for their fixture against City, while the Buccaneers, who were the runners up of the same competition will host Stellies.

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Chiefs goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi says Amakhosi will work very hard to ensure that they get a trophy this season and TKO offers them that opportunity.

“It has been a long time since we last won a trophy and the talk in training is that we have to give our fans something this season,” said the Chiefs shot-stopper.

“We have been working very hard since the season started and I believe that we will do well in this competition.”

Meanwhile, Bucs midfielder Xola Mlambo says it will be difficult to face Stellenbosch twice, with the sides set to meet in a league encounter , but promises that they will do everything they can to do well in this competition especially after losing the final last campaign.

“We will be playing the same team twice in two weeks; it is not going to be easy to play the same opponents twice in two weeks,” said the midfielder.

“We come into this match with nothing to lose, we are wounded from last season’s result. So, we definitely have to give everything we have to turn around the situation.”

The competition will start after the international break on the weekend of October 19.

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