Absa Premiership

Another derby for Arrows

2015-03-20 08:07
Shaun Bartlett (Gallo Images)

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 Chatsworth Stadium.

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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 quarterfinals.

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 their reach.

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.

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