Mpumalanga Black Aces – Orlando Pirates Preview: Telkom KO quarterfinal berth at stake in Mbombela

MP Black Aces and Pirates will battle it out for the final spot in this season’s Telkom Knockout Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday night

Mpumalanga Black Aces will look to cause an upset in this season’s Telkom Knockout Cup when they take on Orlando Pirates at the Mbombela Stadium on Tuesday night.

Pirates haven’t been enjoying good results recently and they will be looking to make amends, having failed to win the MTN 8 over a week ago.

AmaZayoni have had time to prepare for their opponents, but they have been given the underdog tag as they are still in the re-building process under coach Clive Barker.

The Sea Robbers will be without Kermit Erasmus who is in the Bafana camp to face Morocco on Friday night, and the likes of Thamsanqa Gabuza and Tlou Segolela are expected to lead Bucs front line.

Aces will continue to rely on striker Mabhuti Khenyeza for goals, and the former Chiefs forward has always been clinical in front of goal whenever playing against Pirates.

Former Pirates players, Clifford Ngobeni and Mark Mayambela could also play a vital role in tonight’s encounter although it won’t be easy against the likes of Andile Jali and Oupa Manyisa in the middle of the park.


  • Pirates have been to seven finals of this competition, but have only won it once.
  • Aces have never won this competition before.
  • In their last five meetings in all competitions, Pirates have won two against Aces.
  • AmaZayoni last beat Pirates during the 2010/2011 season.