Telkom chuffed with big team in final

Telkom Knockout

Soweto giants Orlando Pirates will face Baroka in the tournament decider at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Pirates beat arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the semi-finals, while Bakgaga ended Bidvest Wits' defence of the trophy.

In 2017 Wits edged Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 in a poorly attended final, which was held at the 10-000 seater Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu, Durban.  

Telkom, however, are expecting a better turnout this time around.

Telkom head of sponsorship Bram Wessels insists this year's TKO has been one of the best in his 12 years involved with the competition.

"Yes, I'm happy we’ve got a big team and I've done this competition for 12 years now,'' Wessels told

''I think it is the third year where we basically got this type of final, and it was for us the correct draw because now at least we are going to have one of the big teams in the final.

''There were a lot of people saying, 'How could we draw Chiefs and Pirates in the semis?' But its a perfect draw. We are also glad we took the final to PE. We must spread the games and PE is going to work well.

''I think this knockout is really proving to have gonewell. We had a lot of stuff behind the scenes and it worked out very well for us.

''We also took a few risks. You can remember two weeks ago we were in Durban with two big teams to play the semi-finals here, but it was a very good attendance.

''This is definitely one of the best TKOs in the past 12 years.''