Ar­rows aim­ing for re­venge

The Independent on Saturday - - SPORT - MINENHLE MKHIZE

LAMONTVILLE Golden Ar­rows clash with Baroka FC at Princess Ma­gogo Sta­dium in KwaMashu to­day (3pm) in the Absa Pre­mier­ship look­ing to avenge the de­feat they suf­fered at the ex­pense of Bak­gakga in the Telkom Knock­out.

The mem­o­ries of that loss are still fresh for Abafana Bes’thende but they now have the ad­van­tage of play­ing at home.

Coach at Ar­rows, Clin­ton Larsen, talked about that Baroka de­feat when he spoke with the me­dia this week.

“Yes, they beat us but we made 10 changes. We knew we weren’t go­ing there at full strength. We played none of our play­ers that played in the league.

“Our ex­pec­ta­tions to beat them on the day weren’t as high as they would be had we put out our strong­est team. Credit to them, they took ad­van­tage of us not be­ing at full strength. We took a huge risk to rest a num­ber of play­ers. All the play­ers that beat Black Leop­ards (prior to that game) were rested,” Larsen said.

Abafana Bes’thende will be at full strength to­day but they won’t find it easy against the Lim­popo-based side who are on a high hav­ing dumped the de­fend­ing league cham­pi­ons, Mamelodi Sun­downs, out of the Knock­out last week.

So Ar­rows will have to be at their best to earn max­i­mum points and avenge that de­feat.

Larsen is pleased his troops are start­ing to find mo­men­tum in the league. “We are start­ing to find con­sis­tency. When that hap­pens you don’t make too many changes in your team. That Cup game we lost against Baroka gave us an op­por­tu­nity to field some of the boys who have been work­ing hard but haven’t had much game time.”

Ar­rows are un­beaten in their last five league matches – shar­ing the spoils with Su­perS­port, Free State Stars, Chippa United and Pi­rates, and get­ting the bet­ter of Black Leop­ards.

“We are com­ing good to­wards the end of this first round and hope­fully this will hap­pen for the re­main­der of the league. It is im­por­tant for us to be a sta­ble top 8 team. We don’t want to be a team where one sea­son you are in the top 8 and the fol­low­ing sea­son you are fight­ing rel­e­ga­tion.” Abafana Bes’thende have been in the top 8 for the past three sea­sons un­der the tute­lage of Larsen.

“We’d love to take an­other step up like Mar­itzburg United and Cape Town City have done. We want to break into that top 5, top 6 bracket.”

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