Unlike the Nedbank Cup, in which the Team of Choice went all the way to the final last year, the Pietermaritzburg-based club have battled to make inroads into the Telkom Knockout.
The exception was in 2010. That was when United shocked Mamelodi Sundowns with a 2-0 win at Harry Gwala Stadium, before edging Bloemfontein Celtic 2-1 in a quarter-final at the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium. The final however eluded them after losing 3-0 to Orlando Pirates in Chatsworth.
United have also suffered some bad luck in recent seasons, losing in the first round of the 2016 and 2017 TKO's on penalties - against Kaizer Chiefs and Platinum Stars respectively.
This season for the 2018 edition, the Team of Choice have been paired with Highlands Park in the opening round, at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday 20 October.
The Pietermaritzburg outfit can look for inspiration from last season's heroics in the Nedbank Cup as they prepare to set the record straight in the Telkom Knockout competition.
MARITZBURG UNITED'S ALL-TIME TKO RECORD
First round: Maritzburg United 2-4 Orlando Pirates
[Sandile Ndlovu 25', Lynch Pule 31'. Fikru Tefera 13', Issac Chansa 57']
2007: Did not participate as we were in the Mvela League.
First round: Free State Stars 2–0 Maritzburg United [Diyo Sibisi 3', Sibisi 83']
First round: AmaZulu 1-0 Maritzburg United [Dumisani Ngwenya 16']
First round: Maritzburg United 2-0 Mamelodi Sundowns
Quarter-final: Bloemfontein Celtic 1-2 Maritzburg United
Semi-final: Maritzburg United 0-3 Orlando Pirates
First round: Santos 1 - 0 Maritzburg United [E. Isaacs 90']
First round: Maritzburg United P 0 - 0 Moroka Swallows
Quarter-final: Maritzburg United 0 - 2 SuperSport United 0 - 1 [T. Nkoana 73']
First round: Platinum Stars 2 - 0 Maritzburg United [H. Botes 49', R. Ng’ambi 60']
First round: Kaizer Chiefs 1 - 0 Maritzburg United [B. Parker 15']
First round: Maritzburg United 2-1 Jomo Cosmos [S. Shai 44', K. Lentjies (PG) 56', 76' B. Mandela (OG)]
Quarter-final: Orlando Pirates 2-0 [K. Erasmus 24', M. Makola 47']
First round: Kaizer Chiefs P0-0 Maritzburg United
First round: Maritzburg United 0-0P Platinum Stars
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