Chiefs and Rollers renew rivalry

Chiefs and Rollers renew rivalry
Bafana Pheto of Township Rollers and Vina Maphosa of Kaizer Chiefs during the 2017 Maize Cup Launch on 27 June 2017 at Protea Hotel Klerksdorp © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Friday Jul 14, 2017. 10:00

Kaizer Chiefs and Township Rollers will lock horns in the 2017 Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup semi-final at the James Motlatsi Stadium in Orkney on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 12h00 CAT.

Affectionately known as Amakhosi by their passionate fans, Chiefs will be making their debut appearance in the pre-season tournament.

The South Africa giants began their 2017/18 pre-season training programme on 3 July, 2017 with new faces among the squad.

Former Maritzburg United wing-back Philani Zulu and former Cape Town City winger Bhongolethu Jayiya joined Chiefs as free-agents, while Teenage Hadebe was signed from Chicken Inn.

Steve Komphela, the Chiefs head coach, is expected to unleash the club's new signings at the Maize Cup and hopefully reach the final of the tournament.

Meanwhile, Rollers will be making their return to the Maize Cup having participated in the inaugural edition in 2015 in Moruleng.

Nicknamed Popa Popa, Rollers have been busy preparing for the 2017/18 season and they have appointed Serbian tactician Nikola Kavazovic as their head coach.

The 2016/17 Botswana Premier League (BPL) champions have boosted their squad with the signing of South African winger Tshepo Matete, who was once on the books of Baroka FC.

Popa Popa will be keen to reach the final of this year's tournament having lost to Platinum Stars in the 2015 Maize Cup semi-final encounter.

The last time Chiefs and Rollers met in a competitive match was in the 2015 CAF Champions League preliminary round second-leg game.

Amakhosi emerged 1-0 winners thanks to Siyabonga Nkosi's first-half goal at the National Stadium in Gaborone, Botswana.