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FEATURE: Orlando Pirates look to end Kaizer Chiefs' dominance in Telkom Knockout Cup

13:25 SAST 2018/11/21
Sarr Ekstein and Nyauza - Chiefs vs Pirates
History favours Amakhosi over the Buccaneers, who will be keen to secure their maiden win over their arch-rivals in the tournament

Two of South Africa's biggest clubs, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates will square off in the 2018 Telkom Knockout Cup semi-finals on Saturday.

The Soweto giants have 14 League Cup successes between them and they are set to renew their rivalry at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. 

Amakhosi are the most decorated team in the history of the competition with 13 titles, while the Buccaneers have clinched the trophy just once. 

Chiefs will be looking to preserve their 100 percent record against Pirates in the competition which was established in the early 80's.

The two local giants have clashed six times in previous editions of the prestigious tournament. 

The competition was first known as the Datsun Challenge after being established in 1982 and the two teams met in the second year of the tournament.

Chiefs secured a narrow 1-0 win over Pirates thanks to Jan Lechaba's solitary goal, and they went on to win the 1983 title after defeating Wits University in the final.    

The second meeting between the two teams in the competition took place nine years later when the tournament was now known as the Coca Cola Cup.

Fani Madida proved to be Amakhosi's hero as his brace inspired the team to a 3-2 win over the Buccaneers, but this time Chiefs went on to lose to AmaZulu FC in the final.

The next League Cup clash took place in 1998 with the competition having changed names again and it was known as the Rothmans Cup, and the two teams met in a two-legged semi-final.

Pollen Ndlanya's brace helped Chiefs secure a 3-1 win in the first-leg clash, while Sibusiso Zuma's solitary goal inspired Pirates to a 1-0 win in the return leg match.

However, it was Amakhosi, who won 3-2 on aggregate and they reached the final where they eventually defeated Mamelodi Sundowns.

The current sponsors Telkom came on board in 2006 and three years later, Chiefs were pitted against Pirates in a highly-anticipated semi-final tie.

The two Soweto sides played to a goalless stalemate and ultimately, Chiefs won 3-0 on penalties, and they went on to clinch their 12th League Cup trophy. 

In 2010, Amakhosi and Bucs met in the final of the League Cup for the first time in the history of the prestigious competition. 

A dominant Chiefs side clinched the trophy after thrashing a hapless Pirates side 3-0 thanks to goals from Sthembiso Ngcobo (brace) and Siphiwe Tshabalala.

They met again five years later, this time in a semi-final encounter which ended in a 0-0 stalemate, and Chiefs went on to win 6-5 on penalties, but they were defeated by Sundowns in the final.

Pirates will be hoping that the football Gods finally smile at them when they face a Chiefs side keen to continue their dominance in the competition.