Golden Arrows will be hoping their cup exploits put them in good stead when they host neighbors Maritzburg United in the DStv Premiership on Saturday afternoon. at Princess Magogo Stadium.
Teams: Golden Arrows v Maritzburg United
Date: 21 August 2021
Venue: Princess Magogo Stadium
Arrows won't be strangers to the 2021/22 season after getting their campaign underway with a penalty shoot-out win over SuperSport United last weekend in the MTN8 quarter-finals.
Abafana Bes'thende had their best finish in the league last season after ending in fourth place, with their former coach Mandla Ncikazi joining Orlando Pirates in the off-season although he was replaced by Lehlohonolo Seema.
In contrast, the Team of Choice narrowly avoided the relegation play-offs after finishing in 13th place last season, with Ernst Middendorp rescuing the side after taking over from Eric Tinkler in the early stages of the season, in his fourth spell in charge.
As a result, United were not involved in the MTN8 competition last weekend, although they had a decent pre-season after winning the KZN Premier's Cup.
Both sides won their home games in their duels last season, with Arrows winning 2-1 in the first round while Maritzburg edged a five-goal thriller in May.
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Here's how they line up:
Arrows: 36. Mlungwana, 20. Mathiane, 29. Sibisi, 24. Dlamini, 12. Ndwandwe, 28. M. Dube, 7. Mtshali, 11. Sibiya, 13. Mmodi, 30. Cele, 33. M.Gumede.
Subs: 1. Mbaeva, 8. Sabelo, 14. Dube, 15. Zuke, 17. Conco, 18. Mutizwa, 19. Magawana, 35. Mantshiyane, 37. Ndlovu
Maritzburg: 31. Engelhardt, 25. Ismail, 10. Ndengane, 5. Daniels, 88. Ntshangase, 8. Kewuti, 6. Graham, 7. Claasen, 65. Human, 30. Zumah, 48. B. Hlongwane.
Subs: 52. Leaner, 19. Hachi, 50. Theron, 54. L. Hlongwane, 45. Skelem, Bennett, 24. Bhengu, 40. Buthelezi, 35. Zuma.