Pirates all smiles ahead of Arrows

Telkom Knockout

That’s because Abafana Bes’thende have been at the centre of much of Pirates’ recent trophy success, perhaps providing a good omen for the club in this year’s League Cup competition.

Both Pirates’ league title triumphs in 2010/11 and 2011/12 were sealed with last-day wins against Golden Arrows, the PSL fixture computer insistent those sides met in their final fixtures two years in a row.

And when Pirates won the Telkom Knockout trophy for the first time in their history in 2011, it was Golden Arrows who they defeated 3-1 in the semifinals.

In fact, Pirates have won each of their last nine matches against the Durban team, conceding just five goals in the process, and are unbeaten in any of their last 11.

It is just the kind of fixture coach Roger de Sa would have wanted in this hectic period for the club, especially as it is at home, with Abafana Bes’thende having just a single success against The Buccaneers in Gauteng – a 1-0 win in 2003 thanks to a Mabhuti Khenyeza goal.

The teams also met in the Telkom Knockout competition in the 2010/11 season, with Bucs winning 1-0 via a Lucky Lekgwathi goal.

There is one caveat to this tale though, new Golden Arrows coach Mark Harrison will relish the opportunity for a major cup scalp in his first game in charge, he led Chippa United to a 1-0 victory over Pirates at the Orlando Stadium in April this year.