After failing to win the MTN8 title, SuperSport United will now set their sights on winning the Telkom Knockout, a tournament which the ‘cup specialists’ last triumphed in the 2014/2015 season.
However, before they can think about Cup success, they will first have to overcome an impressive Polokwane City. Under coach Jozef Vukuzic, Rise and Shine have been transformed into an organised outfit.
City though, will hope to do one better over Matsatsantsa as they held them to a 1-1 draw in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) earlier in the season.
|Game||Polokwane City v SuperSport United|
|Date||Sunday, October 21|
|Time||15:30 pm SA Time|
TV Channel, Live Score & How To Watch
|Live Match Centre||TV Channel|
|Goal.com||SS10 & SABC1|
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Meanwhile, SuperSport head coach Kaitano Tembo will be holding thumbs that top scorer Evans Rusike is fit for action. Rusike has four goals to his name in the league but has not featured since the MTN8 final.
SuperSport though are currently winless in their last three games in all competitions as they seem to have experienced a hangover after their MTN8 final defeat. But following the international break, with many of SuperSport’s international players such as Dean Furman, Aubrey Modiba and Teboho Mokoena back from duty, they will hope to improve.
Tembo will not be too stressed as English forward James Keene has proven to be as astute acquisition and his physical attributes may come in handy against an organised outfit such as Polokwane City.
Moreover, on the side of Polokwane City, all eyes will once again be on the partnership of Rodney Ramagalela and Jabulani Maluleke. While last season, it was Ramagalela who was benefiting off Maluleke’s creativity, this season it has been the other way around with Maluleke – a former SuperSport player, having already bagged two goals in the league.
One player that the SuperSport defence will need to be highly wary of is Vusimuzi Mngomezulu. The winger was highly impressive in the win over Kaizer Chiefs and his coach will be demanding more of the same as they look to advance into the next round of the competition.
Stats though, do not favour the home side going into the clash. SuperSport have certainly asserted their dominance in the fixture over the years as eight of the previous fifteen meetings have gone the way of the Tshwane-based outfit.
City on the other hand, have won just twice, but it should be noted that their most recent win over SuperSport came earlier in the year.
Nevertheless, with the heat in Polokwane expected to be a factor, SuperSport may have their work cut out as they hope to join the likes of Bidvest Wits, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns among others in the Telkom Knockout quarter-finals.