Football: High tensions with Arrows and Amazulu clash

2011-05-06 00:00

A KZN derby between Lamontville Golden Arrows and AmaZulu could decide the fate of the top eight, but Arrows will be eager to secure a league “double” over their Durban rivals when the teams meet for an Absa Premiership match at the Chatsworth Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

Having defeated Usuthu 2-1 away from home earlier this season, Abafana Bes’thende will be looking to totally secure the bragging rights in this Durban derby by defeating their rivals for a second time in the campaign.

Still, their influential midfielder Siyabonga Nkosi knows it will be no easy feat, saying: “It won’t be an easy game at all, it will be a real fight as both teams are desperate for these crucial points in order to boost their chances of finishing in a top eight position.”

The three points would be a boost for Arrows in terms of their league position, ensuring that they will not find themselves in the relegation playoff spot and improving their (admittedly slim) hopes of finishing in the top eight.

At present Arrows are 12th on the log with 30 points, which is four outside of the top eight. Nonetheless, Nkosi, despite his team’s dip in from this season, believes they have what it takes to make the top eight.

“We have had hiccups of late, but we are more determined than ever to win this game and make our way towards a top eight spot.”

Arrows have not been in good form having won only one of their last 12 league games. Furthermore, they come into this game off the back foot of a 3-2 defeat to Santos in their last league encounter.

Much like their counterparts, AmaZulu have also struggled of late in the Absa Premiership and have been unable to register a win in their last nine league games. The Usuthu did, however, hold Mamelodi Sundowns to a 1-1 draw in their last league match.

Although it was not the ideal result for AmaZulu, their coach Manqoba Mngqithi was happy with his team’s showing.

Going into the game AmaZulu are also harbouring hopes of finishing in the top eight. They are 11th on the log on 30 points and Mngqithi is adamant his team have the quality to improve their standing.

Arrows have seven wins to AmaZulu’s four and just two games have ended in a draw. Abafana Bes’thende won the teams’ league meeting earlier this season 2-1.

 

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