Cape Town - AmaZulu and Golden Arrows will meet for a Durban derby at Princess Magogo Stadium in the last 32 of the Nedbank Cup.
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Usuthu and Abafana Bes’thende had a competitive rivalry in the top flight league and cup competitions that was almost unbroken from 2001 until last year when the latter suffered relegation to the National First Division.
However, their rivalry will now be revived with their fourth cup meeting. The previous three included a first round clash in the 2003 Coca-Cola Cup and a two-legged semi-final of the 2009 MTN8 – Arrows emerged victorious on all three occasions.
Abafana Bes’thende also enjoyed an overall advantage over their rivals across all competitions.
From 23 league and cup matches, Arrows claimed 11 wins compared to nine for Usuthu. Just three games ended in draws.
However, the six most recent matches between these teams have produced five AmaZulu wins and one draw.
Both of these sides reached the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup last year. AmaZulu defeated United FC 2-0 in the first round before suffering a 4-1 loss to Bidvest Wits, while Arrows beat Polokwane City 1-0 before losing 4-1 to Mamelodi Sundowns.
AmaZulu have suffered from woeful form throughout this campaign, with the lengthy midseason break seemingly doing nothing to help them, as they have lost 2-1 and 3-0 to Orlando Pirates and Bloemfontein Celtic respectively since the league’s resumption.
In contrast, Arrows are top of the National First Division standings and head into this match having racked up successive 2-0 wins against Milano United and FC Cape Town within the last week.
Kick-off is at 20:00 on Friday, February 20.