MTN8 kicks off this weekend

Four thrilling encounters to kick off South Africa’s oldest cup competition.

FILE: Moroka Swallows were crowned MTN8 champions on 22 September 2012. Picture:

CAPE TOWN - South Africa's oldest cup competition kicks off this coming weekend with four mouthwatering encounters.

The MTN8 starts on Friday night when Bidvest Wits host Bloemfontein Celtic at 6pm.

Wits makes a return to the competition after missing out last year, while Celtic will want to improve on their first round exit during the 2012 competition.

On Saturday, the first game sees Free State Stars travel to the Royal Bafokeng Stadium to take on Platinum Stars at 3pm.

Platinum Stars are looking to build on their 2012 season in which they finished second in the Absa Premiership.

Neither of these two teams have ever won this knockout competition.

In the second match of the day, Kaizer Chiefs play the University of Pretoria at the FNB Stadium.

As the most successful team in the competition, Chiefs could be seen as favourites heading into the game, but the last time these two sides met, AmaTuks came out 1-0 victors.

On Sunday, the final game of the weekend will be between SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates.

The last time these two teams met in the competition was last year in the semifinal when SuperSport comfortably won the game 3-0 after Benni McCarthy received a red card in the first half.

The game kicks off at 3pm at the Mbombela Stadium.