Arrows look to shoot into TKO final

Arrows look to shoot into TKO final
Head coach Steve Komphela of Golden Arrows

by Graeme Jackson

Thursday Nov 21, 2019. 08:13

Golden Arrows will target a first appearance in the final of the Telkom Knockout when they host Mamelodi Sundowns at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on Saturday 23 November 2019, kick-off at 15h00.

Arrows earned their place in the final four of the competition by overcoming SuperSport United 1-0 away in the quarterfinals, with a goal from Lindokuhle Mtshali.

Abafana Bes’thende have never won the Telkom Knockout, nor reached the final. Last season they stumbled at the first hurdle, losing 2-0 away to eventual champions Baroka FC in the last 16 round.

Sundowns needed penalties to earn their semifinal berth, having been held 2-2 after extra time away to a gutsy Chippa United in the previous round.

The Brazilians are three-time champions in the Telkom Knockout, with their most recent triumph arriving in 2015. Last year they suffered a surprise defeat in the quarterfinals at the hands of eventual competition winners Baroka FC.

In head-to-head stats, Arrows and Sundowns have met in seven previous cup matches. The Tshwane side has claimed six outright wins compared to one for their Durban counterparts. The clubs’ most recent cup clash was in the quarterfinals of the 2018 MTN8, with the Brazilians winning 2-0 at home thanks to goals from Sibusiso Vilakazi and Wayne Arendse.

Overall, the teams have clashed in 44 league and cup matches since 2000/01. The Brazilians have claimed 25 wins compared to 11 for Abafana Bes’thende, while eight games have been drawn. They met in an Absa Premiership match earlier this month, with Arrows claiming a surprise 3-2 win at a wet Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium thanks in the main to a brace from forward Knox Mutizwa.

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