By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
PLATINUM Stars kick-start their Telkom Knockout Cup’s title defense campaign against the newly promoted Chippa United.
Dikwena who first won the competition in 2006 before they could brace themselves last season after a 2-1 victory over Orlando Pirates has since won the rights to host this match against United when the last 16 of the competition takes place on the first weekend of October.
The draw last night at Mnet offices in Ranburg saw big guns avoiding each other in the forthcoming fixtures with the high-ridding Kaizer Chiefs being drawn at home against Maritzburg United while Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates also secured home ground draws against University of Pretoria and Polokwane City respectively.
The Telkom Knockout Cup has according to the Premier Soccer League managed to attract more than 200 000 fans who watched the games live at the stadiums while more than 22 million watched from TV.
The rest of the Telkom Knockout Cup’s last 16 draw are:
BidVest Wits v Moroka Swallows, SuperSport United v Free State Stars, Ajax Cape Town v Black Aces and AmaZulu v Bloemfontein Celtic.