Chiefs take aim at Arrows

Chiefs take aim at Arrows
Williard Katsande and Bongolwethu Jayiya of Kaizer Chiefs challenges Nduduzo Sibiya of Golden Arrows during 2017/18 Absa Premiership game between Kaizer Chiefs and Golden Arrows at Soccer City Stadium on 22 September 2017@Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Feb 09, 2018. 15:00

Kaizer Chiefs will take aim at Golden Arrows in an eagerly-anticipated Nedbank Cup last 32 clash at FNB Stadium on 11 February 2018, kick-off at 15h30.

Chiefs come into the match having been held to a 1-1 draw at Bidvest Wits this past weekend. The Soweto side are unbeaten in their last seven matches, but looking to improve on a cup record which has seen them exit the MTN8 in the first round and the Telkom Knockout in the semifinals so far this season.

The Amakhosi have won a record 13 Nedbank Cup titles (1971, 1972, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1992, 2000, 2006, 2013) but last season they only got as far as the quarterfinals before being eliminated by eventual champions SuperSport United (who won on post-match penalties after the teams drew 1-1).

Arrows come into the match having suffered a 2-1 loss against derby rivals AmaZulu this past weekend. The Durban side have won just one of their last 16 matches across all competitions and will need to step up a gear or two if they are oust Chiefs from the tournament.

Abafana Bes’thende have never won the Nedbank Cup, nor reached the final, though they did reach the last four in 2017: the Durban side defeated Maritzburg United, Mamelodi Sundowns and Platinum Stars before being beaten 1-0 by Orlando Pirates in the semis.

In head-to-head stats, Chiefs and Arrows have met in five previous cup matches. The Amakhosi have claimed three outright wins compared to one for Abafana Bes’thende, while the one drawn match went to penalties and was won by the Durban club.

The teams haven’t met in a cup competition for almost a decade, with their last such clash a first round tie in the 2008 Telkom Knockout. Arrows claimed a famous 4-1 victory, with Richard Henyekane scoring a hat-trick of goals.

Across all competitions, Chiefs and Arrows have met in 38 matches since 2000/01. The Soweto side has generally dominated the rivalry, claiming 21 wins compared to the just seven for their Durban counterparts. The teams have met once already this season, playing out a goalless draw in a league clash back in September 2017.

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