Kaizer Chiefs will need to end Free State Stars five match unbeaten on Sunday in order to progress to the semifinals of the Telkom Knockout
Gaxa, Mathoho, Mathoho, Masilela
Tshabalala, Katsande, Yeye, Lebese
Ela Lla Kotla have shown strong form after a poor start to the season, remaining unbeaten in their last five encounters.
However, Steve Komphela's men will have to up their game against a Kaizer Chiefs side which is showing signs of recovery after a rusty start to the season.
"Chiefs have always been a hard team to beat in cup competitions, but with this being our home match we will try everything we can to win the match," Ela Lla Kotla midfielder Luvuyo Nomandela told reporters.
"We have not won a trophy in a very long time and that is not good for us as players. A win against Chiefs will put us in a good position."
Chiefs will need to be wary of Stars impressive home form and the tactical acumen of former AmaKhosi player Steve Komphela, largely regarded as one of the best coaches in South African football.
"We are excited about this match because we are playing against a Stars side that is coached by one of the most intelligent coaches in the league," Chiefs defender Tefu Mashamaite said ahead of the match.
"They know us and they never want to lose to us, but as Chiefs we always go into each and every competition to win."
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Chiefs have won the Telkom Knockout on 13 occasions.
- Free State Stars have won the tournament on one occasion, when they were known as QwaQwa Stars in 1994.
- Ela Lla Kotla defeated Chiefs 1-0 in thier last cup meeting.
- Chiefs defender Tefu Mashamaite is aiming to top the goal-scorers list during this year's competition.
- In their last 17 clashes, Chiefs have claimed 10 wins over Free State Stars, while Ela Lla Kotla have defeated Chiefs on three occasions.