Supersport United beat Cape Town City at Moses Mabhida Stadium in October to win the MTN8. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Supersport United beat Cape Town City at Moses Mabhida Stadium in October to win the MTN8. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Bidvest Wits are the Telkom Knockout defending champions, beating Bloemfontein Celtic in last season's final in December. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Bidvest Wits are the Telkom Knockout defending champions, beating Bloemfontein Celtic in last season's final in December. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

CAPE TOWN – While the PSL announced that the Absa Premiership league season will start in August, the governing body revealed the key dates for the cup competitions for this year on Tuesday.

The South African season will start officially on August 4, when champions Mamelodi Sundowns take on Kaizer Chiefs in a massive clash at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. The MTN8 will begin a week later, with the quarter-finals kicking off on Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12.

Champions SuperSport United were reinstated back into the top eight last season – finishing seventh on the PSL log – after the drama that saw Ajax Cape Town being automatically relegated due to the Tendai Ndoro saga.

But of course, the Urban Warriors launched their high court application on Tuesday for an interdict to stop the start of the season, so things could change again. The hearing was postponed to Thursday morning at the South Gauteng High Court.

The first legs of the MTN8 semi-finals have been scheduled for August 25-26, and the second legs seven days later, with the final on September 29 at a venue yet to be decided. 

Then it’s on to the Telkom Knockout, where the 16 Premiership teams will battle it out to displace defending champions Wits as the cup kings of Mzansi, in what is SA’s version of the FA Cup. The first round is on the weekend of October 20-23, with the final on December 8.


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