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Arrows hope to continue winning ways


Golden Arrows will looking to continue their winning ways when they face KwaZulu-Natal rivals Thanda Royal Zulu at the King Zwelethini Stadium on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

After a 2-2 draw with BidVest Wits and an impressive 3-0 whipping of Bloemfontein Celtic at the same venue, 'Abafana Bes'thende' will hope for a further three-point haul against Thanda in their quest to remain in the top half of the standings.

Coach Manqoba Mngqithi will have taken great heart from his side's performance against Celtic, though he will certainly not underestimate 'Amabhubesi' for this Durban derby.

Arrows PRO Zwelethu 'Zwe' Mzolo told the official PSL website that preparations for the match were going well and they were looking forward to the game.

He added: "With the exception of Papi (Zothwane), who is nursing an injury, coach Manqoba Mngqithi will have a full squad to choose from, which is a good thing especially at this stage of the season.

"Our intentions are to collect maximum points in all our remaining games so that we can consolidate our position on the log. We know that this is not going to be easy especially when you are facing teams like Thanda, who are fighting in the relegation battle.

"We are expecting a very tough match against them and, just like any other derby, people must expect fireworks on Saturday."

Thanda defeated Orlando Pirates in their last league outing, a crucial fillip in their mission to maintain top-flight status.

Roger Palmgren's team also has the advantage of a game in hand over fellow strugglers Black Leopards, Jomo Cosmos and Bloemfontein Celtic.

However, they cannot be considered safe just yet and this derby against Arrows will be a stern test of their resolve.

Thanda have yet to defeat Arrows in their three league meetings since the former Benoni Premier United was promoted for the 2006/07 season, though they did hold 'Abafana Bes'thende' to a 1-1 draw in the first half of the current Absa Premiership campaign.

Match preview by Backpagepix/PSL website



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