Sundowns take aim at Golden Arrows in Nedbank Cup

Sundowns take aim at Golden Arrows in Nedbank Cup
Tiyani Mabunda of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Bloemfontein Celtic at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Atteridgeville South Africa on 05 April 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Apr 07, 2017. 14:30

Mamelodi Sundowns and Golden Arrows will meet in an all-PSL clash in the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup. The match is scheduled for 8 April 2017 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, kick-off at 15h00.

Sundowns earned their place in the second round of the competition thanks to a 2-0 win over Mariveni United in the previous round. The Tshwane side won the Nedbank Cup as recently as two years ago to claim their fourth title in the competition (1986, 1998, 2008 and 2015), and they have also been runners up in 1989, 2000, 2001, 2007 and 2012.

Arrows defeated KwaZulu-Natal rivals and fellow top flight side Maritzburg United 3-1 in the previous round to earn their clash with Mamelodi Sundowns. Abafana Bes’thende have never won the Nedbank Cup, nor reached the final.

This will be the fifth cup meeting of Sundowns and Arrows in a head-to-head history which stretches back to 2000/01. It’s not good news for the KZN team, who have come out second best in all five of the teams’ matches.

Sundowns’ 100 percent record in cup games against Arrows has seen them score 13 goals and concede just one in reply. The teams’ two most recent knockout meetings have both been in the Nedbank Cup: in 2013 the Brazilians won 1-0 at home in the last 16, while a repeat meeting the following year saw a convincing 4-1 away win for the Tshwane side.

In all competitions, the teams have clashed in 36 league and cup matches. Sundowns have 19 wins compared to nine for Arrows, while eight games have been drawn. The teams have clashed just once in the top flight league so far this season, with the Brazilians claiming a comfortable 3-0 home win in November last year courtesy of goals from Hlompho Kekana, Sibusiso Vilakazi and Themba Zwane.

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