Kaizer Chiefs are set to get a chance to defend their Maize Cup trophy this month, with tournament details now confirmed.
Amakhosi are the defending champions of the Maize Cup, with the Soweto giants having won last year’s edition of the four-team tournament after beating Free State Stars 1-0 in the final.
George Lebese, who is now with Mamelodi Sundowns, scored the goal that handed Chiefs their 1-0 win over Ea Lla Koto in July last year.
Ea Lla Kot have confirmed that they will again participate in this year’s tournament alongside Amakhosi, Chippa United and Buya Msuthu from the ABC Motsepe League.
“Free State Stars return to action in the Maize Cup 2018 that takes place on Saturday, 14 July in the North West Province. The four teams that will take part are Free State Stars, defending champions Kaizer Chiefs, Chippa United and ABC Motsepe League side Buya Msuthu,” confirmed Stars on the club’s official website.
“The Maize Cup is a pre-season, one-day tournament that was launched in July 2015 in Delareyville. It was originally known as the Bokone Bophirima Maize Triangle Challenge, launched in partnership with the provincial Governments of the Free State and Mpumalanga.
“Platinum Stars won the inaugural Maize Cup, beating Bloemfontein Celtic, Mpumalanga Black Aces and Township Rollers from Botswana, while Orlando Pirates ousted Platinum Stars in the second edition. Last year, Amakhosi edged Ea Lla Koto 1-0 at the James Motlatsi Stadium,” confirmed the Bethlehem outfit.
After the Maize Cup, Chiefs will look to finalise their preparations for the match against Mamelodi Sundowns in the inaugural Shell Helix Cup at FNB Stadium on July 21.