Saturday's TKO final the 13th cup final not to feature either Chiefs, Pirates or Sundowns
Posted: 9 December 2016 Time: 12:21
Saturday’s Telkom Knockout final between SuperSport United and Cape Town City will be only the 13th cup final in the history of the PSL not to feature any of the 'big three.'
Peter Mokaba Stadium will be the venue for this decider as Limpopo has the privilege of hosting two cup finals in the same year, but none of the South African powerhouses Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Mamelodi Sundowns will be part of the occasion.
With the 'big three' having dominated domestic football it is always worth noting when they are not involved in a cup final - as is the case this weekend as SuperSport chase their tenth trophy in the PSL era with City aiming for their first.
Saturday’s final will be the 58th that is being played since domestic football fell under the PSL banner and as a measure of the supremacy that Chiefs, Pirates and Sundowns have enjoyed this is only the thirteenth time that at least one of the trio is not in a cup decider.
Incidentally, SuperSport are in their thirteenth cup final having flattened out six wins and six defeats in their last dozen finals.
City bought out the Mpumalanga Black Aces franchise at the beginning of the season and are into their first final under the leadership of club boss John Comitis.
Broken down since August 1996, in the league cup – which currently falls under the Telkom banner – this will be the fourth final not involving any of the 'big three.'
SuperSport has been involved in three of these four cup finals which was in 2005, 2014 and this year.
In the top eight only four finals have not involved any of Chiefs, Pirates and Sundowns in the PSL era.
Matsatsantsa have been in two of those four finals in 2005 and 2012.
The national cup – sponsored by Nedbank for now – has had five cup finals without any of AmaKhosi, The Bucs and The Brazilians.
SuperSport featured in one of those in 2005 when they overcame Wits University by a solitary goal to lift what was then known as the ABSA Cup.
The television sports broadcasting owned club will be out to win their second Telkom Knockout trophy in the last three editions having won it in 2014 when they overcame Platinum Stars at Orlando Stadium.
The cherry on the top for this decider is that it pits the league's current top two teams against eachother with SuperSport unbeaten in 14 games in all competitions while City have not lost in the last nine.
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