On Saturday in Telkom Knockout quarter-final, in a rematch between Golden Arrows and SuperSport United, Arrows took the victory 1-0. SuperSport later host Abafana Bes’thende at Mbombela Stadium in the PSL (Premier Soccer League). Steve Komphela’s side had an impressive defence throughout the weekend fixture, claiming their well-deserved victory despite being bossed in terms of possession.
Golden Arrows knew exactly when to strike whenever Matsatsantsa left their back vulnerable. Everything paid off to perfection early on as Knox Mutizwa who was fouled and Lindokuhle Mtshali pulled off a strike which turned out to be the winning free-kick home.
Despite the efforts, it was a game of margins as a late Aubrey Modiba penalty which could level the scored cannoned off the post. “I think we mainly dominated the game, from its start to finish. Only the final third was a bit weak for us. I think we created many chances to win and we even missed a penalty. Even if we played for two hours, we would still not be able to score.” – Kaitano Tembo stated about the game.
SuperSport and Arrows in a rematch
“We had to find some other way of doing it, we didn’t play the Arrows way. At the end of the day, we still wanted to go to the next round. I thought that we were lucky, to be honest. Maybe one thing I would change is about our players, they need to learn how to fight. We need to reach that level. We could play but tonight we didn’t come here just to play.” Steve Komphela expressed his thoughts about the game.
If we compare the records of SuperSport United and Golden Arrows, we can see why this win was such a surprise. SuperSport had 19 wins while Arrows just had 8. Both of them have 7 draws. The situation with losses is the same as wins but opposite, Arrows holding 19 losses on their back. Matsatsantsa had 57 goals for and only 33 against while Arrows had just the opposite. SuperSport holds 64 points while Arrows are on 31.
Today, on Tuesday 5th November, you will be able to watch the kickoff. Fine margins decided the game last time but the problem here is that these two teams are evenly matched. Kaitano Tembo’s team is lethal on the attack but leave themselves open. Steve Komphela’s team is more solid but struggle to see out games. This is the crucial game but the draw is the outcome with the biggest possibility.