Amakhosi, Ea Lla Koto battle for Ke Yona Cup final

Kaizer Chiefs will welcome Free State Stars in an aim to reach the Nedbank Cup final on Saturday night at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Kick-off is at 8:15pm, live on SuperSport and live streaming at DStvNow.

Amakhosi are hoping to bag a semi-final win and maximise their chances of ending the season with some silverware.

Meeting Ea Lla Koto will not come as a walk in the park as they also hope to end their trophy drought.

Amakhosi began their Ke Yona campaign with a win over Golden Arrows, Stellenbosch FC and defeated Baroka FC in the previous round.

Turning to Chiefs’ Absa Premiership campaign, the Soweto giants beat Stars at Goble Park just a few weeks ago.

For the Bethlehem-based outfit, Stars are out to wrap up their campaign with their first trophy since 1994 (Coca Cola Cup now known as the Telkom Knockout Cup) and the new generation will want to rewrite the history books.

Under the guidance of Luc Eymael, the side has had a fantastic campaign as they are placed at number five on the log table.

A look at their run so far in the cup competition sees them having defeated Super Eagles from the National First Division, Ubuntu Cape Town FC as well as Chippa United at home.

With Eymael yet to taste glory in South Africa and tipped to replace Steve Komphela as new the Amakhosi boss, he will want to overcome his counterpart and also avoid a second loss in all competitions.

Previous starting XI:

Kaizer Chiefs: Khune, Masilela, Cardoso, Molangoane, Parker, Zulu, Ekstein, Katsande, Tshabalala, Moon, Castro

Free State Stars: Sangare, Masehe, Mobbie, Mahamutsa, Keita, Phungwayo, Vilakazi, Tchilimbou, Maphakisa, Dlamini, Mthembu

Head-to-Head (since 1996)

PREVIOUS CUP MEETINGS

Season Cup Result Scorers
1998/99 Rothmans 1st rd, 1st leg Stars 0-2 Chiefs Ndlanya, Madida
1998/99 Rothmans 1st rd, 2nd leg Chiefs 1-2 Stars Tovey; Moloi, Ngwerume
2008/09 Nedbank Cup last 32 Chiefs 1-0 Stars Zwane
2010/11 Telkom KO quarterfinal Chiefs 2-0 Stars Ngcobo, Musona
2011/12 Nedbank Cup quarterfinal Chiefs 0-1 Stars Wome
2013/14 Telkom KO quarterfinal Stars 1-1*Chiefs Ouro-Akoriko (pen); Musona
2016/17 Telkom KO quarterfinal Chiefs 2-2**Stars Thlone, Sekotlong; Chirambadare, Mathoho

*After extra time, Chiefs won 4-3 on penalties
**After extra time, Stars won 6-5 on penalties

LAST 10 LEAGUE RESULTS

Season Result Scorers
2013/14 Stars 0-2 Chiefs Nkosi, Tshabalala
2013/14 Chiefs 1-1 Stars Mphela; Moloi
2014/15 Stars 0-1 Chiefs Lebese
2014/15 Chiefs 2-1 Stars Nkhatha, Nkosi; Mathoho (og)
2015/16 Chiefs 4-0 Stars Sankara (og), Lebese, Chakoroma (og), Tshabalala
2015/16 Stars 2-2 Chiefs Ngcobo, Tshabangu; Katsande (pen), Tshabalala
2016/17 Stars 0-2 Chiefs Katsande (pen), Katsvairo
2016/17 Chiefs 3-1 Stars Tshabalala, Parker, Katsande; Mahamutsa
2017/18 Chiefs 1-1 Stars Parker; Vilakazi
2017/18 Stars 0-1 Chiefs Hadebe

What the teams are saying:

Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphelele Ntshangase: “We haven’t won a trophy for two seasons," Ntshangase said. "We definitely want to reach the final, which will give us an opportunity to win something.

“It’s all about the team. I have to be ready whenever I am asked to play. If I get a chance I will grab it with both hands. Free State will not be easy to beat, but we will be prepared.”

Free State Stars captain Paulus Masehe: “It will be fair for this generation of players who did so well this season to at least achieve something and leave a legacy," he said. “I also want to leave by emulating the class of 1994.

“This team has been part of my life and it will only be fair to at least win something before I hang up my boots and rewrite the history books of the club.

“We will try and fight with everything against Chiefs so we can be able to reach the final. It will not be easy, but as much as they want it we are also hungry for it as well.”

Key players for Kaizer Chiefs:

Itumeleng Khune: The experienced number one will want to lead the team to evade a third season with no silverware. His leadership from the back will be vital as will his ability to stop shots.

Hendrik Ekstein: The playmaker found the back of the net last week as they beat Platinum Stars in the league. His aim is to provide assists or score.

Key players for Free State Stars:

Ali Sangare: The keeper made his debut appearance for Stars this term and has not disappointed so far. His understanding and communication with the back four will be crucial for their ticket to Cape Town for the final.

Mohamed Anas: The Ghanaian forward has a duty on Saturday to unlock Chiefs’s defence and find a winning goal. He is one of the players who will be a threat to the hosts.