Golden Arrows v Mamelodi Sundowns
Golden Arrows will be hoping to clinch back-to-back wins over Mamelodi Sundowns when the two teams clash in the Telkom Knockout semi-finals on Saturday.
Abafana Bes'thende shocked Pitso Mosimane's charges earlier this month as they recorded a 3-2 win over the Brazilians in the Absa Premiership thanks to a second-half brace from Knox Mutizwa.
Looking ahead to the highly anticipated cup encounter, Arrows coach Steve Komphela stated that he is determined to get past Sundowns once again.
"We went through Polokwane City twice and we were at home we came through. We went to SuperSport [United] twice, we came through," Komphela said, according to Kickoff.
"We just went to Mamelodi Sundowns supposed to be twice, the first one we came through, so we are just hoping the second one we come through as well.
"How can you come through that? One, they wouldn't want to lose to Golden Arrows twice, that's a big test and I'm sure some of the players they didn't have, there's quite a lot of their first-team players or regulars previously that were not there."
Meanwhile, Sundowns will be desperate to turn their form around after going three league games without a win in the run up to the cup tie.
Assistant coach Manqoba Mngqithi knows it's crucial for the team to snap their poor form by securing their place in the TKO final and avoiding back-to-back defeats to Arrows.
"It was only one season - when we lost to Aces and Arrows - that we lost two games in a row. But besides that we have always made it very difficult to lose - we would rather draw than lose. But this time, the losses to Chiefs and Arrows and a draw to Baroka are not good results by our standards at all," Mngqithi said, as quoted by the Mail and Guardian.
"At Sundowns every game is important. Be it a friendly match, we would still want to go there and win it. But the fact that we have had three bad results makes this an even more important match for us."
The two sides will lock horns at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium at 15:00 on Saturday.