Baroka,Arrows aim for quarterfinal berth

Baroka,Arrows  aim for quarterfinal berth
Mpho Kgaswane of Baroka FC and Sifiso Mbhele of Free State Stars during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 game between Baroka FC and Free State Stars at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane the on 26 September 2018 © Kabelo Leputu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Oct 19, 2018. 12:50

Baroka FC and Golden Arrows will both be aiming for a quarterfinal berth when they meet in a Telkom Knockout last 16 clash at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on 20 October 2018, kick-off at 15h30.

Baroka come into the game on the back of a 0-0 draw at home to SuperSport United in their last league clash before the international break. The Limpopo side has gone eight matches without a win and failed to score in any of their last three outings.

Bakgaga are playing in just their third edition of the Telkom Knockout. Last year they eliminated Cape Town City in the last 16 before falling to Bidvest Wits in the quarterfinals.

Arrows come into the game on the back of a 1-0 home win over Black Leopards in their last league clash before the international break. The result broke an eight-game winless streak for the Durban side.

Abafana Bes’thende have never won the League Cup, nor reached the final, while in the 2017 edition of the Telkom Knockout they were beaten 1-0 at home by Orlando Pirates in the last 16 round.

Baroka and Arrows have met in just one previous cup match: a last 32 clash in the 2016 Nedbank Cup in which the Limpopo side won 2-0 away from home thanks to goals from Jacky Motshegwa and Loyiso Simandla.

The teams have also met four times in top-flight league games: Abafana Bes’thende has one win to their name, while three encounters have been drawn. Their Absa Premiership matches in the 2017/18 campaign both ended in stalemates, 1-1 in Polokwane and 2-2 in Durban.

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