Golden Arrows star Mahachi eyes reveng against Orlando Pirates


The 2016 Telkom Knockout Cup round of 16 will offer both Lamontville Golden Arrows and Platinum Stars an early shot at redemption.

Both Abafana Bes'thende winger ,Kudakwashe Mahachi, and Dikwena defender ,Vuyo Mere, have expressed their respective club's desire to exact revenge on Orlando Pirates and Baroka FC respectively, in the first round of this seasons Telkom Knockout Cup. 

Arrows suffered a defeat to the Buccaneers in the opening round of the 2016/17 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season, and will now return to Soweto hoping to book their place in the quarter-finals of the TKO tournament. 

Mahachi, who is still nursing an arm injury picked up while on international duty with Zimbabwe, has called on his troops to turn the tables in the next meeting between the two above mentioned sides. 

"We went to Orlando Stadium on the first day of the season, we lost 3-1 so this is a chance for us to get revenge over them," said the 23-year-old wide man. "Pirates are a good team, a big club, but we must make sure we don't repeat what happened in the last game. 

"We are happy with the coaches at Golden Arrows - Mandla Ncikazi and Clinton Larsen - they are guiding us in the right direction...we are still a small club, but we are coming up.

Furthermore, Mere, has expressed Dikwena's desire to exact revenge on Baroka FC. The Phokeng-based club suffered a 1-0 defeat to last season's National First Division (NFD) champions in a league match at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium late last month. 

Stars will now head to Limpopo, eager to book their place in the next round of the TKO competition. 

"We are playing a team that has just been promoted, they are playing in their first Telkom is going to be a difficult game," said Mere. "When we played them [last month] we didn't know anything about them. but now we know what to expect - they are good side and it will be difficult playing away from home. 

"As a team, we undermined them [Baroka] a bit. 

The Stars captain, who won the 2013 TKO title with the North West club, is also eager to help lead the side to more glory; subsequently handing the young players at the club a first piece of silverware. 

"It is our objective at Platinum Stars to win every trophy on offer and for the mere fact that we have won this trophy before puts pressure on us," Mere added. "But, we have discussed with the senior players in the team that we must help give the young players an opportunity to play in the final - let them taste the glory. 

"But, that doesn't mean that I am not hungry for success anymore, I still want to achieve in my career. If I can play a role in helping the young players win a trophy then I will be very happy," he concluded.


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