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To be hon­est, there is no bet­ter time for re­venge than meet­ing Or­lando Pi­rates in the Telkom Knock­out semi-fi­nals! Yes, the ma­jor­ity of us were ex­pect­ing a Soweto Derby in the fi­nal and what I like about this draw is that one of the Soweto teams will be in the fi­nals! Con­grat­u­la­tions to Baroka FC for their pro­gres­sion. Also why is it that al­most ev­ery­body is mak­ing un­nec­es­sary noise about Itume­leng Khune’s yel­low card, with some claim­ing that he was sup­posed to be red-carded? Peo­ple, ref­eree Daniel Ben­nett was right to give him a yel­low card. The ball was not in an at­tack­ing player’s pos­ses­sion to guar­an­tee him a scor­ing op­por­tu­nity, so Khune used his ex­pe­ri­ence to block him. Ofentse Kakapa Ma­hatlhe, Sch­weizer-Reneke

What a hard-fought vic­tory against Su­perS­port United. Ramahlwe Mphahlele, who hap­pens to be my least favourite player res­cued Kaizer Chiefs with a stun­ning goal, which en­abled our beloved team to pro­ceed to the semis of the TKO. Amakhosi are still reel­ing from the league de­feat suf­fered at the hands of the Sea Rob­bers, thus most fans wel­comed the toss that pit­ted these great clubs against each other in the semi-fi­nal. Sadly, my over­view of the sit­u­a­tion at Chiefs, es­pe­cially with a spe­cial men­tion to the rear­guard, would sound a bit pes­simistic be­cause Or­lando Pi­rates’ strike force is of great qual­ity and our de­fend­ers may yet again fail to con­tain them. But time will tell, I sup­pose. Loward Ziga-Khosa, Nkuri-Tomu Well done to Baroka FC for up­set­ting for­mer African cham­pi­ons and de­fend­ing league cham­pi­ons Mamelodi Sun­downs. I was so happy be­cause I saw it com­ing, but many peo­ple mis­trusted my pre­dic­tion. It is not easy to beat Lim­popo teams, es­pe­cially for the Big Three. Bak­gaga made all of us from Lim­popo proud and I hope they will go all the way to the fi­nal and maybe even win the tro­phy. It would be a good thing if a so-called small team lifts the Telkom Knock­out tro­phy. Good luck Bak­gaga Ba Ga-Mphahlele and all the best against Bid­vest Wits. Ne­musunda Mm­boniseni, Lion Park

Maybe one should com­mence with the fact that Kaizer Chiefs claimed Su­perS­port United’s scalp af­ter many un­suc­cess­ful at­tempts in al­most three sea­sons. It’s a nice way for our boys to re­deem them­selves in our eyes as the club’s fans. How­ever, my wish is for Chiefs to get past the next hur­dle in the form of Or­lando Pi­rates and go all the way to an­nex the cov­eted sil­ver­ware. Well, Gio­vanni Soli­nas has shown that coach­ing is not his strong point, so our boys must take it upon them­selves to sal­vage the team’s pride once and for all. Cog­ni­sance of the play­ing per­son­nel at our dis­posal, Chiefs’ once fa­mous “Op­er­a­tion Teka Hinkwaswo” is within reach and could be eas­ily re­sus­ci­tated, start­ing with the Telkom Knock­out. All it could take is to be­lieve in our­selves, but Wil­lard Kat­sande must avoid tak­ing penal­ties in open play. Owen Ma­fukele, Nkuri-Tomu

Two Tsh­wane teams are down and out and two Soweto gi­ants progress to the semis of the TKO. It’s time to re­deem and bring back the brag­ging rights that have been lean­ing on the side of Tsh­wane. Siyabonga Nkalam­bela, Delft

I am plead­ing with the PSL to give Vic­tor Gomes a nod to of­fi­ci­ate the game be­tween Kaizer Chiefs and Or­lando Pi­rates in the Telkom Knock­out semi-fi­nal. We don’t want ref­er­ees who are tak­ing sides like the one who was of­fi­ci­at­ing in the league derby where Chiefs were de­nied a clear penalty although the ref­eree was close to the in­ci­dent and, within 10 min­utes, gave Pi­rates a penalty. Lu­vuyo Zideba, Cape Town

Big ups to all the teams that went through to the semi-fi­nals of the TKO. Kaizer Chiefs won the game – how­ever, we still have loop­holes at the back. The trans­fer win­dow is open­ing soon and the re­call­ing of Lorenzo Gordinho is of para­mount im­por­tance. We need his strength at the back. He has grown as a player and his po­ten­tial and ca­pa­bil­i­ties are there for all to see. Jef­frey Matshwenyego, Rusten­burg

Look­ing back at Downs’ last few games, the warn­ing signs were there that they were bound to crack be­cause their wins were not con­vinc­ing. They have also been strug­gling to score goals, which is un­like them. On the other side, Baroka FC have been play­ing well un­der for­mer Kaizer Chiefs hit man Wed­son Nyirenda, but fail­ure to con­vert chances was their un­do­ing. It is sad given that they were go­ing to turn the cor­ner, but few ex­pected the mighty Downs to be the vic­tims. We will now watch the semis with keen in­ter­est. ‘Con­do­lences’ to KBY on their loss. Amos Tshukudu, Ga Maria

No love lost be­tween the two broth­ers. As much as I thought we were go­ing wit­ness the great­est fi­nal ever in a decade, the fi­nal be­fore the fi­nal will be con­tested by the Soweto gi­ants. I wanted the real fi­nal be­tween Chiefs and Pi­rates, not the semi-fi­nal. Bum­mer! Terah Maqepula, Mt Fletcher

Ja, “this foot­ball will kill you”. That’s what for­mer Baroka FC coach Kgoloko ‘Screamer’ Thobe­jane used to say af­ter matches where his team missed chances. To­day, I bow on my knees in hon­our of my homie, Mat­simele ‘Seacher’ Thoka for his achieve­ment in em­bar­rass­ing Pitso ‘Jin­gles’ Mosi­mane in his very first pro­fes­sional game in charge of Bak­gaga Ba Ga-Mphahlele in the ab­sence of head coach Wed­son Nyirenda, who was in Zam­bia to bury his mother. I hope he’s happy where he is be­cause Thoka and the boys made him proud by tak­ing the team to the Telkom Knock­out semi-fi­nals. In Se­pedi we say, “Kgomo ga e lwe ka mo­rota empa, e lwa ka go tseba lenaka”, which sim­ply means, “It doesn’t mat­ter how big a cow could be to win the fight, but it’s about how it con­trols its horns.” I think it’s time now that Baroka chair­man Khur­ishi Mphahlele be­lieves in lo­cal tal­ent in terms of coach­ing. The boys play very good and en­ter­tain­ing foot­ball when play­ing un­der the men­tor­ship of those who groomed them. Kgoloko­proved that and so is Mat­simele do­ing. Let­ladi wa Ga-Mphahlele Mar­alaleng

Quick One-Two’s

VJ, can you please ask Siyanda Zwane if there are no more sto­ries to tell? I en­joyed his ‘In Touch With...’ to such an ex­tent that I kept the pre­vi­ous edi­tions so that I could re-read the sto­ries. That’s what we want to read about, not some­one who’s mak­ing an ‘In Touch With...’ sound like an in­ter­view. We want to laugh, that’s all. Please ask him, Mr Ed­i­tor, please. Lehlo­honolo ‘Pane’ Me­lato, Ficks­burg

Ed’s note: Pane, your wish has been granted. We re­called Zwane for an­other in­stal­ment this week. I have been a staunch reader of the weekly pub­li­ca­tion and I have a hum­ble re­quest that we have a full col­umn of Ja­cob Sakala en­gag­ing with us soc­cer fans on how he keeps his play­ers in­spired and mo­ti­vated. When­ever you read in­ter­views of play­ers who have played un­der him, you can­not help but be in stitches. He sounds like a man who has done so much for the PSL & NFD and has a way of mak­ing his play­ers have fun while work­ing with him. Can we have the man on ‘Still In Touch With...’ please? Xabiso Mdle­dle, via email

Ed’s note: Xabiso, we will do our best to make this hap­pen.

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