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SA SOCCER NEWS
Durban derby on Wednesday 25/02/04
Golden Arrows host city rivals Manning Rangers in a Castle Premiership game at the Kings Park Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

Arrows are a shadow of the team that finished fifth last season and if they hope to repeat the finish that earned them national respect then a win over their beleaguered neighbours is essential.

Rangers are dwelling on the edge of the relegation zone where only three points separate them from another Durban club, Zulu Royals who have 15 points,

The inaugural Castle Premiership champions are far from the outfit that Gordon Igesund led to victory back in 1996/97 and recently parted ways with their respected CEO Afzal Khan.

Arrows are in a better position than their neighbours but coach Simon Ngomane is not comfortable with ninth place on the league table.

"Definitely we should improve as the gap between us and the top eight teams is increasing, Ngomane said.

"And also we can't afford to drop points as the bottom half is not separated by that much of a difference.

"It's a game we have to win to please our supporters and that should ensure we move up the premiership table slowly but surely.

"Only defender Siphiwe Mkhonza is out with an injury otherwise we have a full strength team.

Roy Barreto, Rangers head coach, was not available for comment at the time of going to press.

Abafana Bes'thende have 21 points from 18 games while Rangers have 18 points from 19 games.

Kick off is scheduled for 15:45pm.

 

Possible starting XI :

Arrows (4-4-2): Phiri, Mhlangu, Langa, Baute, Khanyile, Dladla, Ntshangase, Gumbi, Sibeko, Gulwa, Khanyeza


Rangers (4-4-2): Harpur, Ratsoana, Molapo, Nduti, Bobbs, Isaks, Mbele, Mazibuko, Stuart, Meiring, Studzinski

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