It’s the dream of Golden Arrows coach Steve Komphela to have a KwaZulu Natal final in this year’s Telkom Knockout.
“Can you dream of a final between Maritzburg United and Golden Arrows? It would be nice why can’t it be? Listen, dreams do come true and also for our people in KZN,” said Komphela recently.
“One thing I like about the people in KZN is their love for sport but sometimes sport does not complement the love they give to it.”
On paper, Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns would be favourites to beat Maritzburg and Arrows respectively.
But in reality, many would remind the Brazilians that they lost 3-2 to Abafana Bes’thende at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on November 10.
The two sides will meet at the same venue on Saturday at 15:00, for their semi-final duel.
Arrows, meanwhile, are also one of the League’s in-form teams, having gone five games undefeated (four wins and one draw).
Sundowns, on the other hand, are not in the best of forms, with two defeats in their last five matches. They have won two in that period, but needed penalties to see off Chippa United in the last eight of the TKO cup competition.
So just as much as Sundowns are no doubt a good side, but no-one can write off Arrows at the moment, given their sharpness.
Amakhosi, meanwhile, would be huge favourites when they meet The Team of Choice at Mbombela Stadium on Sunday, also at 15:00.
Chiefs have won eight consecutive matches, including two on penalties in the Telkom Knockout.
But Eric Tinkler’s Maritzburg side are no pushovers at all.
While Chiefs are on a good run, Maritzburg, too, are unbeaten in their last seven matches (five wins including two on penalties and two draws).
The one thing that’s certain is that Arrows and Maritzburg will prove tough nuts to crack in the semis…
By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa