Arrows welcome Stars for Nedbank Cup showdown

Arrows welcome Stars for Nedbank Cup showdown
Matome Mathiane of Golden Arrows celebrates victory during the 2017 Nedbank Cup Last 16 football match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Golden Arrows at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 08 April 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Apr 21, 2017. 08:45

Golden Arrows and Platinum Stars will meet in a knockout match for the first time in more than seven years when they battle in the Nedbank Cup quarterfinals on 22 April 2017. The match is scheduled for the Princess Magogo Stadium, kick-off at 15h00.

Arrows earned their place in the last eight thanks to successive wins over fellow PSL sides Maritzburg United (3-1 at home) and Mamelodi Sundowns (1-0 away). Abafana Bes’thende have never won the Nedbank Cup, nor reached the final, though their defeat of the Brazilians in the previous round suggests they have the ability to break new ground in the competition.

Stars have beaten National First Division side AmaZulu (3-2 at home) and fellow top flight club Baroka FC (1-0 away after extra time) to reach this stage of the competition. The Rustenburg side, like Arrows, have never won the Nedbank Cup, nor reached the final.

The two teams have clashed in just four previous cup matches. Both Arrows and Stars have claimed one outright win apiece, while the two draws have both resulted in penalty shootout wins for Dikwena. The teams’ most recent cup clash was in the 2009 Telkom Knockout, with Abafana Bes’thende claiming a 2-1 home win in the first round.

In all, the teams have met in 30 matches across all competitions since 2003/04 when Stars were promoted to the top flight. The Rustenburg side has claimed 13 wins compared to eight for their Durban counterparts, while nine matches have finished in draws.

The teams have already met twice in the top flight league this season, with Dikwena claiming a ‘double’ thanks to a 1-0 win in KwaZulu-Natal back in November last year, followed by a more emphatic 3-0 triumph in the return game just last month.

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