By Sports Focus Reporter
Golden Arrows are out for revenge when they take on SuperSport United in an Absa Premiership match at the Chatsworth Stadium on Wednesday evening, kick-off at 19h30.
The side from Durban will still be reeling following their Round of 32 Nedbank Cup loss to the Tshwane giants last month. On the day they were oust from the tournament after SuperSport claimed a 3-1 win in extra time.
Now the match, according to Siyabonga Nkosi, provides the perfect opportunity for Arrows to exact some revenge. “We were very upset to lose that match to SuperSport.
We now have a chance to right things and in the process pick up a much needed win,” suggest the player.
Still, no matter how positive Arrows might be they have not been in competitive action since the 16th March when they went down 3-2 away to Bidvest Wits in a league game. That loss extended the KwaZulu-Natal team’s winless streak to ten matches in all competitions and proved to be the last in charge for coach Zoran Filipovic.
He has since been replaced by German Ernst Middendorp, who has plenty of PSL experience from spells with Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzburg United, who he parted ways with just last month.
Regarding the new coach Nkosi said, “He has come in with a positive attitude and all the players are eager to impress. We have been struggling in the league, but we all believe we can turn things around.”
What the lengthy break will have done for Arrows is provide the new coach time to settle in and build up a rapport with his players ahead of this match.
“SuperSport are a good team, but they have also struggled this season and we will be looking to take advantage of that. We are also at home and we want to make our fans happy and make our way back into the top eight,” added the Arrows man ahead of the encounter.
In fact, if Arrows can recapture the form they showed in the early stages of the season then they could conceivably move back into the top half of the table and secure a place in next season’s MTN8.
United, on the other hand, will not go down without a fight suggests their striker Anthony Laffor, “Our aim is to finish in the top eight and in order for that to happen we have to beat Arrows. We are not going there to lose.”
Presently United are tenth on the log, one place and one point above Arrows. A win for SuperSport could in fact see them into eighth place provided results in other matches go their way.
“We know Arrows will be looking for revenge, but we don’t want to give them that satisfaction. We beat them before and we know this is a totally different game, but we are confident going in,” added Laffor.
Overall, the Tshwane team has won 11 games to Arrows’ six in 21 league meetings, but the last four league games between the teams have seen the KZN side pick up two wins and two draws.
Earlier this season, Matsatsantsa and Arrows played to a goalless draw in their first round Absa Premiership match