Dikwena threat for Downs

Telkom Knockout

Brazilians coach Pitso Mosimane admitted earlier this season that Dikwena were a "hoodoo" side for his team, a statement backed up by fact with Sundowns having failed to win any of their last seven meetings with the North West club.

That includes a 1-1 League draw in August and a quarter-final exit in the Nedbank Cup earlier this year when Stars won 2-1 at Loftus Stadium.

"We played against a very good team. They are our 'hoodoo' team… they always give us problems and they never die," Mosimane said after August’s league fixture. 

"We score first, they always come back. We played them here (Loftus) in the Nedbank Cup (last season) and they came back."

Sundowns’ last win against Stars came in the Telkom Knockout in October 2010 when they triumphed 1-0 thanks to a Nyasha Mushekwi goal in the first round.

Since then they have lost three and drawn four of the next seven matches this despite, last season aside, Stars being a bottom half of the table team.

Overall the cup meetings between the two sides have been evenly contested.

The teams played to a 1-1 draw in the semi-finals of the Absa Cup in 2007, with Sundowns winning 5-4 on penalties.

Dikwena got their revenge with a 1-0 win in the second round of the Nedbank Cup in 2009, before that Telkom Knockout success for Sundowns in 2010 and last season’s Nedbank Cup quarter-final win for Stars. 

Stars have a bizarre history in the Telkom Knockout competition. They were winners in 2006, finalists in 2003 and quarter-finalists last year, but in each of the other seven seasons in which they have competed have exited in the first round.

They will also be pleased for the home draw this year. The team have never won an away game in the competition in a decade of trying.