Pirates have had a torrid fixture schedule since September 25. This will be their sixth match in less than five weeks and coach Roger De Sa is almost guaranteed to rotate his squad and make wholesome changes.
Since the tournament’s inception in 2006, AmaZayoni have played three TKO matches winning once and suffering two defeats. The last time Aces played in this tournament was during the 2010/11 season.
AmaZayoni’s best showing in the TKO era arrived in the 2010/11 season when they reached the quarterfinals before being eliminated by Moroka Swallows. In head-to-head statistics, Aces and Pirates have met in four previous cup matches. The Buccaneers have not tasted defeat in a cup match against AmaZayoni, recording three victories and one draw.
The teams’ most recent knockout encounter was a 2011 Nedbank Cup semifinal that Pirates won 1-0 after extra time. This was also the most recent meeting of any kind between the two sides.
The match will be played at Mbombela Stadium tomorrow