Cape Town - Golden Arrows will play a second successive
derby in the Nedbank Cup when they host Natal United for a last 16 clash at
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Arrows have already ousted neighbours AmaZulu from the
competition, having beaten Usuthu 2-1 in the previous round, and they will now
come up against another KwaZulu-Natal team as they target a place in the
Abafana Bes’thende, under the guidance of former Bafana
Bafana striker Shaun Bartlett, have enjoyed a fine 2014/15 season which sees
them pushing hard for a return to the top flight, and they will be keen to
further underline their credentials with a strong showing in the Nedbank Cup.
Their opponents, Natal United, caused the biggest upset of
the previous round when they eliminated PSL side Chippa United. The teams
played to a goalless draw at Wolfson Stadium in the Eastern Cape, before United
won 4-2 on penalties thanks to the heroics of goalkeeper Nkosingiphile Zondi.
Natal United campaign in the KZN ABC Motsepe League and are
aiming to earn promotion to the NFD for next season. Judging by their
performances in the Nedbank Cup this year, such a feat does not seem beyond
Arrows, as both the host and higher ranked team, will start
the match as favourites, but they will surely not underestimate the
giant-killing abilities of the third-tier team.
Abafana Bes’thende come into the game in fine form, having
beaten Garankuwa United 2-0 away from home in a NFD match last weekend. It
extended their unbeaten run in the league to eight matches – little wonder they
enjoy a three-point lead at the top of the division.
Kick-off is at 15:00 on Sunday, March 22.