Official: TKO abandoned for 2020/21

Telkom Knockout

The PSL has decided to cancel the annual league cup following the withdrawal of Telkom as the official sponsor of the competitions.

PSL chairman Irvin Khoza on Wednesday confirmed that the 2020/21 season will be one competition down as the Telkom Knockout makes way.

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Sundowns were crowned the last champions of the league cup back in December, and will remain holders of the trophy for the next year as well.

View the previous winners of the TKO from the last five editions in the gallery above

This comes after Telkom opted not to renew their partnership with the League, ending a 14-year relationship as the name-bearer for the 16-team top-flight competiton.

"We are constrained as the PSL, which I did indicate in one of my [previous] press conferences that we don't have Telkom anymore as a sponsor, while Absa has just left us and been replaced by DStv," said Khoza in his address.

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"But it is a blessing in disguise, the issue of Telkom, because it gives us the dates to decongest the fixtures as best we can to finish the season by latest early June, though I've not seen the fixtures.

"So, Telkom has been a very good sponsor of ours but they are out [now]. I can gladly announce that next season, somebody is going to take the space of that competition.

"But for now, this year we did not want to have that space [occupied] because of the congestion that we have already experienced."

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