Zakri enjoying football in Iraq

Former Maritzburg United striker Yannik Zakri is now with Iraq side Naft Al-Wasat SC where he seems to be enjoying his football.

The forward has started 2 games and has 1 goal and an assist so far in the Iraq Premier League.

“Here, i’ts more speed. I like the league and they have good players,” Zakri told FARPost.co.za.

Zarki, 28, opened up about his time at Maritzburg for whom he scored 3 goals in 24 appearances last season, before being deemed surplus to requirements.

“At Maritzburg, it was a good time, with the players and coaches. Soccer sometimes you have your bad moments and I think at Maritzburg was a bad time for me about my football.”

Zakri currently plays for Naft Al-Wasat SC.

Zakri said things were better at Ajax Cape Town where he played regularly after being sent on loan by Mamelodi Sundowns in the 2017/18 Absa Premiership campaign.

“My time at Ajax was very good. I enjoyed every moment there and my football was good even the coach (Mushin Etrugral), president and the fans were happy. I was really happy,” reminisced the Ivorian.

He mentioned that he’s probably not going to play in SA again.

“About coming back to SA, I’m not sure if it’s gonna be a good idea. I am fine and happy here so I don’t think leaving this place is good,” said Zakri.

“The most important thing in football is to be happy and enjoy your football and here, it’s exactly what I wanted, but Sundowns is home,” he added.

By Amahle Siphungu

Telkom Knockout dates & venues

Kaizer Chiefs’ clash with Maritzburg United in the semi-finals of the Telkom Knockout will be played at Mbombela Stadium.

The Premier Soccer League confirmed the dates and venues for the last four this afternoon.

Amakhosi’s match against The Team of Choice has been scheduled for Sunday, November 24. Kick off time is 15:00.

The quest for a spot in the #TKO2019Final will begin on Saturday, November 23 when Golden Arrows host Mamelodi Sundowns at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.

Abafana Bes’thende will be aiming to reach their first ever Telkom Knockout final, while the Brazilians will be hoping to qualify for their first final since winning the competition in 2015. Kick-off will also be at 15h00.

Arrows v Downs will be at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa and Ofhani Munyai

Can Maritzburg make it six wins out of six games?

Maritzburg United will try make it six wins in a row when they come to Orlando Stadium to take on Orlando Pirates in an Absa Premiership encounter this evening.

The Team of Choice comes into this fixture on the back of an impressive run of form while hosts Orlando Pirates are still licking their wounds following their disappointing defeat on penalties to rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the Telkom Knockout.

Pirates are currently sitting in eighth position after nine games played while United – who have a game in hand, are in ninth place; one point behind the Buccaneers.

Eric Tinkler’s boys have won 5 games in a row, including two on penalties in the Telkom Knockout.

Furthermore, the visiting team will be buoyed on by their winning performance over Highlands Park in the Telkom Knockout over this past weekend.

Bucs coach Rulani Mokwena, meanwhile, will be looking towards building on the fighting spirit his players displayed at the weekend and try to record a second successive victory in the league for the first time this season following Pirates’ narrow 1-0 victory over Highlands Park last week.

However, it won’t be easy as Eric Tinkler is eyeing a little piece of history of his own. A win for the former Bucs mentor will see United register sixth consecutive victories in all competitions; something the KZN based outfit hasn’t achieved in the PSL era.

In the 27 matches the two sides have played, Pirates have won 15, with six draws and six wins for Maritzburg, the last of which came in December 2016.

Bucs have been hard at work training for this encounter.

Suspension and injuries

Pirates right back Mthokozisi Dube is ruled out following his red card in the game against Amakhosi. The 27-year old was sent off after his second bookable offence after impeding an opponent.

Another casualty from this past weekends’ match is Thembinkosi Lorch who will be serving a one match suspension after an accumulation of yellow cards.

Meanwhile, Linda Mntambo looks set to miss this encounter as he struggles to shake off an injury he sustained in his Man of the Match performance over Highlands Park last week. The enterprising midfielder is due to undergo a late fitness test.

TODAY’S PSL FIXTURES

(all kick off at 19:30)

Pirates v Maritzburg, Orlando

Bloem Celtic v Highlands Park, Dr Molemela

SuperSport United v Golden Arrows, Mbombela

Pirates website

Chiefs host Maritzburg in TKO semis

Kaizer Chiefs will host Maritzburg United in the semifinals of the Telkom Knockout.

The draw was conducted on Sunday afternoon after Mamelodi Sundowns beat Chippa United on penalties to book their spot.

Speaking of Sundowns, they will be away to Golden Arrows.

Remember Arrows coach Steve Komphela’s wish about this year’s Telkom Knockout?

Arrows coach Steve Komphela.

Well, Komphela said he hopes they could meet KwaZulu Natal neighbours Maritzburg United in the final.

Is it possible?

We will have to wait and see on November 22/23 when the semis are played.

THE DRAW

(Telkom Knockout semis)

Arrows v Sundowns
Chiefs v Maritzburg

*First team mentioned playing at home.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

TKO tickets on sale tomorrow

Tickets for the Telkom Knockout quarterfinal fixtures will go on sale tomorrow at 12h00.
Tickets will be sold at TicketPro outlets, Spar and selected Sasol garages countrywide (see
Tickets will be R40 for the three fixtures and R80 for the Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates
fixtures. They will be sold on first come first served basis.
The PSL has capped ticket purchase to a maximum four (4) tickets per person to avoid
illegal ticket resale.
The League has also warned against the buying of fake tickets – as there will be scanners
at stadiums.

Amakhosi v Bucs in TKO last 8

It’s the big one as Kaizer Chiefs will host Orlando Pirates in the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout following the draw tonight.

The draw was conducted at Sisa Dukashe Stadium, where Chippa United beat Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 to throw their name into the hat.

The dates and venues will be announced in due course.

Chiefs and Pirates will meet in the Telkom Telkom Knockout yet again.

THE DRAW

SuperSport v Golden Arrows
Kaizer Chiefs v Orlando Pirates
Chippa United v Mamelodi Sundowns
Maritzburg United v Highlands Park

*First mentioned teams playing at home.

Goals galore at MDC

The Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC) produced a whopping 27 goals in just eight matches over the weekend.

Kaizer Chiefs were the big scorers with five goals against a hapless Chippa United side.

This match at Dobsonville Stadium saw seven goals being scored, with Chiefs winning 5-2.

Rahim Milazi netted a brace for Amakhosi and not to be outdone, Lebohang Lesako also helped himself to a double.

Elsewhere, Chiefs’ rivals Orlando Pirates overcame Polokwane City by a 2-0 scoreline.

Sifiso Luthuli and Simo Bophela were on the scoresheet for the Buccaneers.

Below are the results from the weekend’s action, as well as the log.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

Tinkler all smiles

Maritzburg United coach Eric Tinkler has expressed huge delight following his side’s progress to the last eight of the Telkom Knockout cup competition.

The KwaZulu Natal outfit ran out 3-1 winners on penalties against Bidvest Wits at Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday.

“I am very, very happy for the club and for the players for this victory. But I look at other things as well. I want to win games. When we win those games we see things we’ve been practicing at training.”

Terrence Dzukamanja had given Wits the lead, but Thabiso Kutumela equalised from the spot to send the match into extra time and penalties eventually.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

Citizens v Amakhosi in TKO

Cape Town City will host Kaizer Chiefs in the opening round of this year’s Telkom Knockout.

The draw was conducted at SuperSport TV studios in Randburg this afternoon.

The Citizens taking on Amakhosi is probably the pick of the round, but defending champions Baroka also have a tough clash away to SuperSport United.

The tournament kicks off on October 18 and the League will release the full fixtures (dates and venues) soon.

Here is the full draw…

Maritzburg United v Bidvest Wits

Cape Town City v Kaizer Chiefs

Highlands Park v Black Leopards

Mamelodi Sundowns v AmaZulu

SuperSport United v Baroka

Golden Arrows v Polokwane City

Orlando Pirates v Stellenbosch

Chippa United v Bloemfomtein Celtic

*The first mentioned teams are playing at home.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa