Cape Town - Golden Arrows and Ajax Cape Town will renew
their cup rivalry when they meet in the last 16 of the Telkom Knockout at King
The teams have clashed in five previous cup matches, all but
one in the Telkom Knockout. That one exception was probably the most famous
game between the sides, with Arrows claiming an incredible 6-0 win in the final
of the 2009 MTN8.
That famous victory was one of two for the Durban side over
their Cape Town counterparts, the other arriving in the teams’ last cup
meeting, a Telkom KO quarterfinal in 2011 that Abafana Bes’thende won 2-1 away
from home thanks to goals from Thamsanqa Gabuza and Thanduyise Khuboni.
Ajax’s two wins were 3-1 and 2-1 (both at home) in the
quarterfinals of the 2008 and 2009 Telkom KO, while the teams also played to
one draw in their first cup meeting, a last 16 clash in the TKO in 2006 which
finished 1-1 after extra time before the Urban Warriors advanced on penalties.
In all, the teams have met in 33 league and cup matches.
Ajax have 12 wins compared to nine for Arrows, while 12 matches have been
The teams have yet to meet this season, with their most recent clashes
in the league in the 2013/14 season both ending in draws.
Arrows, who spent last season in the National First
Division, last competed in the Telkom Knockout in 2013.
They reached the
quarterfinals thanks to a surprise 3-2 away win over Bidvest Wits, but were
then crushed 4-0 by Orlando Pirates.
Ajax have twice won the League Cup: 2000 when it was still
known as the Rothmans Cup and 2008 when they defeated Orlando Pirates in the
final of the Telkom Knockout.
Last season they defeated Black Aces 3-0 in the
last 16 before going down 4-1 at the hands of Orlando Pirates in the quarters.
The Durban side missed this past weekend’s league action,
and their most recent outing was on September 23 when they lost 2-1 at home to
Overall, Arrows have claimed two wins, one draw and two losses from
their five league matches this season.
The Cape side has had mixed results of late, with their MTN8
final win over Kaizer Chiefs followed by a loss to Mamelodi Sundowns and a draw
against the Amakhosi, both in the league. They will hope that their cup form
peaks again for the Telkom Knockout.
Kick-off is at 15:00 on Saturday, October 3.