Thanda broke the hearts of The Ghost last season when they booted the Mighty Buccaneers out of the competition in a penalty shoot-out.
Now the manager of the KwaZulu\Natal-based outfit Thabang Gumede says they are ready to inflict the same pain on the Pirates faithful again this season.
“I don’t think Orlando Pirates fans will be happy to receive the news that we are playing them again this season, after beating them in the same tournament last season.
“Games like this always bring out the best from our players and we will give our best against Pirates again next weekend.
“But I have to admit that the game against them will be tougher this time around. They are playing good football and we are not going to be fooled just because they have been failing to score goals this season.”
The first round of the Telkom Cup has also afforded three of the four KwaZulu\Natal teams, Thanda, AmaZulu and Golden Arrows, a home ground advantage and this has been warmly received by Abafana Bes’thende coach Manqoba Mngqithi, whose team is still on cloud nine after beating Mamelodi Sundowns in the Absa Premiership game at the weekend.
“After beating Sundowns, we were looking for another big team and our wish has been granted in that we will be hosting Kaizer Chiefs at home.
“The competition is going to be tough but I am looking forward to seeing KwaZulu\Natal teams contesting the finals.”
Maritzburg United face a long trip to Free State to face Ea Lla Koto and coach Gordon Igesund is concerned about the pitch surface that he will be playing on.
“I don’t mind about the draw, but rather the pitch that we might play on. I saw the pitch on TV when they played Bay United; it is terrible. But I am not sure if this will be the one used for the tournament.”