KickOff.com gives you five talking points from the Telkom Knockout
Posted: 30 October 2017 Time: 12:15
The first round of the Telkom Knockout did not go without any upsets, as defending champions Cape Town City were booted out while Mamelodi Sundowns’ poor run of form continued.
Here are five things we learnt in the last-16.
Pule Ekstein and Thabo Qalinge fulfilling potential
Ekstein and Qalinge are finally coming alive for Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates respectively. Since the match against Mamelodi Sundowns, Ekstein has been playing the role of playmaker quite well, while Qalinge is getting into good areas in the box from the wing. Ekstein played a key role in midfield against AmaZulu and Qalinge walked away with the man of the match award after scoring the winner against Golden Arrows, which is a big confidence booster.
Tough times for Benni McCarthy
It's been downhill for Cape Town City since their MTN8 final defeat, as they suffered yet another defeat over the weekend. They just don't look like a happy bunch at the moment and this is where McCarthy will be tested as a coach. He has to show that he can get his team out of this rot.
Gamal will be a nightmare for defenders
Bidvest Wits' Egyptian striker Amr Gamal bagged himself a brace in the 4-2 victory over Free State Stars on Saturday, his fourth goal since joining the club. He is difficult to contain and PSL defenders will have a tough time trying to stop him.
Has Komphela found his line-up?
It has taken a few injuries for Steve Komphela to find a starting line-up capable of getting him results and, more importantly, silverware. Chiefs are looking tighter in defence with the wing back system they are using and they are looking a lot more confident upfront, scoring five goals in their last three matches.
Moloi slowly proving himself
It might still be early to tell how things will go for Teboho Moloi at Chippa United, but he is slowly showing why he has always wanted a chance to work as a head coach in the PSL. Chippa are a good side to watch going forward and they are organised at the back.