ARROWS TAKE AIM AT NEDBANK CUP
By: Khanyisani Dlomo
Golden Arrows will look to salvage their pride when they clash with the in-form Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup on Saturday.
The cup tournament will be a welcome distraction for the Durban side, who are enduring a torrid league season. They have played 21 games, suffered 16 defeats, won just four games and collected a mere 13 points in the process.
With nine games before the end of the season, Abafana Besithende caretaker coach Shaun Bartlett believes that a victory at King Zwelithini Stadium will be a major boast for his side in their hope to avoid relegation from the Absa Premier League.
“Nedbank (Cup) is a priority as well. We want to stay in it as long as we can. My belief is that the more games we play, the more confident players will become,” said Bartlett.
“We have everyone fit and ready for this weekend. Everybody is available for selection. If we do what we did against Polokwane (City), it can be a major confident boast going to the next game,” he added.
Arrows has suffered four defeats in their last five league games and are the league’s basement club. But they bucked their losing trend and made the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup after a narrow 1-0 victory over Polokwane.
Bartlett is aware of the daunting task his side has to do to upset Sundowns, who are second on the league log.
“Players that are currently in the squad are well prepared and capable of going out and fight for this club. That is what we need at this moment in time. There is not so much quality players as far as skill but more fighting spirit, individual fighting spirit and together as a team that will benefit this club,” he said.
Bartlett says it’s frustrating that they have been enjoying much ball possession but not nothing, created changes but failed to find the back of the net.
“The most disappointing thing and has been the story of our season is that we dominate games and created chances but we come back with nothing to show for it. It is very frustrating and disappointing,” he said.
Arrows have brought the experienced Chris Katongo on board to rescue the sinking ship. Katongo – who signed a four-month deal with the club – is confident that his side will getter positive result.
“What is important is to play as a team. I think we have good players. We are in a difficult situation, we need to sort out ourselves and working as a team we can collect something,” said Katongo.
Kick off is at 20:15.