Kaizer Chiefs want to use the Telkom Knockout as a way to end the longest trophy drought in the club’s history. Unfortunately, this tournament wasn’t so lucky for them lately.
Amakhosi have won the competition 13 times, which is more times than any other club. They collected the likes of fans under various names throughout the years. However, that was only the domestic title which served to evade Stuart during his time at Naturena and it is one that hasn’t been seen there in quite some time.
Kaizer Chiefs struggling for a title
The Glamour Boys will face Cape Town City on Saturday afternoon as they look to progress past the first round for the sixth year in a row. They will need to be aware of the fact that they haven’t won the tournament since back in 2010 when they thumped Orlando Pirates 3-0 in the final.
Since that time, Amakhosi have had rotten luck in the Telkom Knockout (TKO). They reached only one final, which they lost 3-1 to Mamelodi Sundowns back in 2015. Even ‘smaller’ clubs like Bidvest Wits, Baroka FC and Cape Town City managed to get their hands on the prestigious piece of silverware.
Coach Ernst Middendorp will be pitted against Benni McCarthy’s Cape Town City. The two potential favourites for the tournament will go head-to-head at the first hurdle. It will definitely be the matchup of the round, with both being eager to knock out a challenger they as they seek to progress. You will be able to watch the game at 15:00 o’clock on Saturday afternoon in the Mother City. Hopefully, Middendorp will take the club further than the likes of Steve Komphela, Baxter and Giovanni Solinas were able to.
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