Jambo, Nyandoro confident ahead of Telkom knockout


JOHANNESBURG — Zimbabwe international Jimmy Jambo is confident Kaizer Chiefs can overcome Polokwane City, after the two were drawn together in the Telkom Knockout draw on Monday evening.

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The venue and date for the fixture are yet to be announced, but Polokwane were drawn as the home side.

“This draw is going to work for us even though it is away from home,” the 26-year-old, who hopes to play some part in the competition said. “Polokwane is actually a home ground to us so we’ll be okay.”

The Telkom Knockout is a one-match-per-round knockout cup competition, so every game is a must win. Jambo said Chiefs will be taking one game at a time.

“I think we must take it one game at a time and if we beat Polokwane City then we can focus on the next game.”

Mamelodi Sundowns also face an away assignment with a trip to Bloemfontein Celtic. The opening fixture of the Telkom Knockout last 16 will be played on Wednesday October 2.

Last year Bloemfontein Celtic beat Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 in the final of the 2012/13 competition at Moses Mabhida Stadium
Midfielder Esrom Nyandoro told Laduma after the Telkom Knockout draw on Monday night that the first round tie will not be a grudge game and that it will be a complete different game to last year.

“We won’t be thinking about revenge at all. We know that to reach a cup final we have to win the first game and that’s what we will be doing.

“We have a new team with new players and new coach different from the one we had when we lost in the final, so we have a new mandate and we just have to go there and win. It won’t be easy at all after we beat them in the first league game this season and they are aware of what we can do,” the Zimbabwean said.

The draw:
SuperSport United v Ajax Cape Town, Bloemfontein Celtic v Mamelodi Sundowns, Free State Stars v AmaZulu, Bidvest Wits v Golden Arrows, Platinum Stars v Maritzburg United, Mpumalanga Black Aces v Orlando Pirates, Polokwane City v Kaizer Chiefs, Moroka Swallows v University of Pretoria