TKO preview: Wits vs Arrows

Telkom Knockout

Kick-off at 7pm.

Wits come into the match looking to put the disappointment of losing 2-1 at home (and 6-3 on aggregate) to Platinum Stars in the semi-finals of the MTN8 behind them.

Arrows, meanwhile, come into the match off the back of two successive losses in League action, the most recent a 2-0 away loss to University of Pretoria.

Wits got as far as the quarter-finals of last season’s Telkom Knockout. They eliminated Kaizer Chiefs 3-2 before falling to a penalty shoot-out defeat at the hands of Free State Stars.

The Johannesburg side has played a total of 11 Telkom Knockout matches since the tournament’s inception in 2006, recording four wins, one draw and six defeats. They lost the only penalty shoot-out they have been involved in.

The Clever Boys’ best showing in the Telkom Knockout was in the 2011/12 season when they were runners-up, losing to Orlando Pirates in the Final.

In League Cup history, Wits are two-time winners of the tournament (1985 & 1995) and have been runners-up twice (1983 & 2012).

Arrows were eliminated from the Telkom Knockout in the first round last season, losing 3-1 away to Free State Stars.

The Durban side have played a total of 11 Telkom Knockout matches since the tournament’s inception in 2006, recording four wins, one draw and six defeats. Like Wits, they lost the only penalty shoot-out they have been involved in.

Abafana Bes’thende’s best showing in the Telkom Knockout was also in the 2011/12 season when they reached the semi-finals before being defeated by eventual champions Pirates.

As far as head-to-head stats go, in 23 previous meetings, Wits and Arrows have never clashed in an official cup match.

The Clever Boys boast 13 wins compared to just four for Abafana Bes’thende, while there have been six draws.

Wits have a strong home record against Arrows down the years, with eight wins and just one defeat from 12 matches.

The teams have already crossed swords once this season, with the Johannesburg side winning 1-0 at home in August.

Match details from the teams’ most recent meeting at Bidvest Stadium on 28 August, 2013:

Bidvest Wits (1) 1 (Ngalende 34)

Golden Arrows 0

Wits: Josephs, Pule, Gumede, Bilankulu, Dankwae, Pattison, Faty, Mukamba (Jayiya 26), Vilakazi, Ngalende (Langwe 66), Benjani (Chapman 82)

Arrows: Mngoma, Tom, S Zwane, Ntombiyithethi, Mngwengwe, Mndunge (Shange 46), Polelo, Nene, D Zwane, Ntuli, Wadwaba (Hleleni 68)


Last 10 League meetings

Season           Result                                                Scorers

2008/09        Arrows 2-3 Wits                    Sangweni, R Henyekane; Langerman, Kadi, A Hendricks

2009/10        Arrows 3-3 Wits                    R Henyekane, Manqana, N Zothwane; Miller, Haskins, Myeni

2009/10        Wits 2-1 Arrows                    Sif Vilakazi (pen), Haskins; R. Henyekane (pen)

2010/11        Arrows 1-4 Wits                    Phillips (og); Mashamaite, Tshabangu, Myeni (pen), Langwe

2010/11        Wits 3-2 Arrows                    Jayiya, Fredericks (pen), Chapman; Musonda, Bilankulu

2011/12        Wits 2-2 Arrows                    Sif Vilakazi 2; Gabuza, Mbesuma

2011/12        Arrows 1-1 Wits                    Mlotshwa; Tshabangu

2012/13        Wits 1-0 Arrows                    Pattison

2012/13        Arrows 1-2 Wits                    Nguzana; Sib Vilakazi, Faty

2013/14        Wits 1-0 Arrows                    Ngalende


Telkom Knockout history (since 2006/07)



Season           Round                                    Result                                                Wits scorers

2006/07        Last 16                       Wits 1-2 Chiefs                      A Hendricks

2007/08        Last 16                       Wits 1-2 Cosmos                   A Hendricks

2008/09        Last 16                       Swallows 2-0 Wits

2009/10        Last 16                       Wits 0-2 Cosmos

2010/11        Last 16                       Wits 0-1 Santos

2011/12        Last 16                       Wits 1-0 AmaZulu                 Kasonga (og)

2011/12        quarter-final              Cosmos 0-1 Wits                   Sib Vilakazi

2011/12        semi-final                   Wits 3-0 Santos                     Langwe, Chapman, Sif Vilakazi

2011/12        Final                            Wits 1-3 Pirates                    Myeni

2012/13        Last 16                       Wits 3-2 Chiefs                      Pattison, Faty, Koapeng

2012/13        quarter-final              Wits 0-0* FS Stars

*Stars won 4-3 on penalties


P          W        D         L          GF       GA

11       4          1          6          11       14


Best result: Runners-up (2011/12)

Leading scorer: A Hendricks (2 goals)



Season           Round                                    Result                                                Arrows scorers

2006/07        Last 16                       Ajax 1-1* Arrows                   Meiring

2007/08        Last 16                       Sundowns 3-0 Arrows

2008/09        Last 16                       Arrows 4-1 Chiefs                 R Henyekane 3, Tsotetsi (og)

2008/09        quarter-final              Ajax 3-1 Arrows                    Twala

2009/10        Last 16                       Arrows 2-1 P Stars                Thebakang (og), T. Mashego

2009/10        quarter-final              Ajax 2-1 Arrows                    Tom

2010/11        Last 16                       Arrows 0-1 Pirates

2011/12        Last 16                       SuperSport 0-1 Arrows        Mbesuma

2011/12        quarter-final              Ajax 1-2 Arrows                    Khuboni (pen), Gabuza

2011/12        semi-final                   Arrows 1-3 Pirates                Johannes

2012/13        Last 16                       FS Stars 3-1 Arrows  Ntuli

(*Ajax won 4-2 on penalties)


P          W        D         L          GF       GA

11       4          1          6          14       19


Best result: semi-final (2011/12)

Leading scorer: R Henyekane (3 goals)