The draw has been made; now the battle lines are being drawn in the sand as the remaining clubs in the 2015 Telkom Knockout prepare to try and earn their places in the semifinals.
The fixtures are as follows:
SuperSport United (h) vs Golden Arrows
Free State Stars (h) vs Mamelodi Sundowns
Orlando Pirates/Maritzburg United (h) vs AmaTuks/Maritzburg United
Black Aces (h) vs Kaizer Chiefs
Here’s what was said after the TKO draw at the PSL offices in Johannesburg earlier on Monday:
Orlando Pirates assistant coach Williams Okpara
“I know Tuks have been doing a lot of research but that is cool. We are the Ghost and may the better team win. It will be a tough game against AmaTuks but the victory against Al Ahly will give us confidence.”
Tuks spokesman Sly Mosala
“We are looking forward to playing Pirates. They’ve done well in Africa.”
Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela
“I’ve worked with Muhsin Ertugral and I know his secrets. It’s two matches back to back. We have to have an agreement on which one Muhsin Ertugral wins and which one we win.”
Black Aces head coach Muhsin Ertugral
“Playing Kaizer Chiefs is always a big challenge. We’ve had our tests this season. Beating Bloem Celtic at home yesterday was a test of character. At the moment we have momentum. We want to play all the time.”
Free State Stars boss Ernst Middendorp
“Thanks for the compliment Pitso Mosimane. I hope we play on a Saturday at 15h00. Most of the time people don’t understand my humour.”
Pitso Mosimane, Mamelodi Sundowns tactician
“I would like to congratulate Middendorp. He has done a good job since joining Free State Stars. I think the draw is fair but what’s not nice is to go to the Free State.
Gordon Igesund, head coach of defending champions SuperSport United.
“I’m happy with the work Serame has done at Golden Arrows. Also happy that we got a home draw. There are no easy games in SA and we are looking forward to playing Golden Arrows.”
Serame Letsoaka, Golden Arrows coach
“I worked with Gordon for 4 years. I’ve taken all the secrets from him. It’s a good draw. I’ve worked at SuperSport United before. The cup game of this nature will give our boys the experience they need.”