Chiefs aim to break Arrows
Chiefs aim to break Arrows

Posted in News on Oct 20, 2002.

Defending champions Kaizer Chiefs are confident of bringing high-riding Lamontville Golden Arrows down to earth when they meet in the Coca-Cola Cup quarterfinal in two weeks' time.

Speaking after a draw in Parktown on Monday, Amakhosi spokesman

Putco Mafani said their quarterfinal will give his team an

opportunity to avenge the 1-0 defeat handed to them by Arrows two

weeks ago.

Arrows, under the watchful eye of former Bafana Bafana assistant

coach Khabo Zondo, have been doing well since the start of the new

season and are already one of the early contenders of the league


"It's a good draw and I'm happy we are playing them in Durban.

We are going to beat them in their own backyard and enhance our

chances of successfully retaining the title," said Mafani.

"We would like to assure our supporters that we won't let them

down, the Coca-Cola Cup is now a property of Naturena (Chiefs

Village) and we are going to make sure it does not go anywhere."

Chiefs, who have been blowing hot and cold this season, won the

tournament last season to pocket a staggering R2 million after

beating Jomo Cosmos in the final.

Meanwhile, Cosmos were drawn against newcomers Dynamos.

"We are happy with the draw and the fact that we are playing

them in Giyani. I don't see Dynamos giving us problems," said

Cosmos manager Meneer Khwezi.

Dynamos spokesman Pastor Mafumo said: "All that I can say is

that Jomo Cosmos have reached the end of the road in the Coca-Cola

Cup. We are going to beat them."

In another draw, Black Leopards were pitted against rejuvenated

Ajax Cape Town in a game scheduled for Limpopo.

Leopards boss David Thidiela said: "We have bounced back after

beating African Wanderers 3-0 at the weekend and I don't see Ajax

standing in our way to the semi-finals.

"Augustine Makalakalane and Antonio De Vivo (Leopards coach and

assistant) have been doing a wonderful job since taking over the

reins about three weeks ago.

"This tournament is full of surprises and whoever is writing

Leopards off, is doing so at his own peril after some of the big

guns were knocked out at the weekend," said Thidiela.

Premier Soccer League general manager Bafana Dhlamini said: "In

terms of the rules and regulations, all the teams hosting the

matches have 48 hours to confirm the venues for their fixtures.

"The Cup Committee will be meeting on Wednesday morning to

finalise the dates and venue for the matches. An announcement will

be made later in the afternoon."

Dhlamini said the quarterfinal, with two matches taking place in

Limpopo and two KwaZulu-Natal, will be played on October 30,

November 2 and 3.

Asked if there was any possibility of staging the double-header

in Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal, Dhlamini said: "I can't rule it out

now but we still have to talk to all the stakeholders."

The Draw

Dynamos v Jomo Cosmos

Black Leopards v Ajax Cape Town

Golden Arrows v Kaizer Chiefs

Manning Rangers v Bush Bucks

Dates and venues will be announced on Wednesday.

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