Carling Knockout Cup: Double Header Showpiece in This Weekend’s Quarter Final Contests

Carling Knockout Cup: Double Header Showpiece in This Weekend’s Quarter Final Contests

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at October 30, 2023 at 8:13 AM
  • The Carling Knockout Cup enters round two with the tournament blown open thanks to big-name defeats
  • Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs are out, giving Orlando Pirates prime placing for another cup run
  • This weekend's showpiece will see a doubleheader featuring three KZN teams at Moses Mabhida Stadium

The eight teams left in the Carling Knockout Cup are gearing up for another round of elimination football.

As well as the football action, the fan-selected Player of the Match awards and the Fak' iGoal Uzobona activation will return to pull the supporters into the game.

The quarter-finals will feature three KZN teams, two from Polokwane, and one from Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the Western Cape, respectively.

Carling Knockout Double Header, Richards bay, Orlando Pirates, Amazulu, Golden Arrows
The Carling Knockout Cup quarter-finals have a scheduled doubleheader featuring three KZN teams and Orlando Pirates. Photos: @iDiskiTimes and Ronewa_Mathephe.
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The weekend's ties start with one game on Friday night, followed by three matches on Saturday. Here is a rundown of what to expect:

Polokwane City vs Stellenbosch FC

Old Peter Mokaba Stadium, November 3 at 7:30pm

An even match-up sets the tone for the weekend in Polokwane.

The teams met each other in early August at the same stadium, with Polokwane winning 1-0. Rise and Shine have gradually progressed since then but Steve Barker will send his team out to battle for 90 minutes.

Richards Bay vs Orlando Pirates

Moses Mabhida Stadium, November 4 at 3pm

The Natal Rich Boys warmed up for their fixture with a 3-1 defeat to Cape Town City, a team they beat in the first round.

Pirates will look at the draw and sense a run to the final and ultimate glory is a distinct possibility. Richards Bay may be the home team but the Buccaneers faithful will be out in force in Durban.

Amazulu vs Golden Arrows

Moses Mabida, November 4 at 7pm

Round two of the Durban doubleheader is a mouthwatering KZN derby.

Amazulu pounced in the final five minutes to eliminate both Kaizer Chiefs from the competition and Molefi Ntseki from his job.

Arrows are in good form having beaten Chiefs themselves and Mabhuti Khenyeza will demand a disciplined performance.

Sekhukhune United vs TS Galaxy

Peter Mokaba Stadium, November 4 at 8pm

A dress rehearsal was played in the DSTV Premiership this past weekend, albeit in Nelspruit.

The Rockets won the weekend's league match 2-0 and after eliminating Sundowns, will back themselves to book a semi-final spot.

Sekhukhune's Brandon Truter is a crafty operator, however, and could be saving the real show for when the Carling prize money is on the line.

What's at stake in the Carling Knockout Cup

Sports Brief also previously reported on the prize money for the Carling Knockout Cup competition.

The tournament also allows fans to vote for the player of the match and a special 'goal time' bonus.

The player of the match wins R100 000 while the Fak' iGoal Uzobona wins what is left on the clock.

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Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.
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