Orlando Pirates’ 4-1 win over AmaZulu seem to have caused a scare for Golden Arrows, who will be the next opponents for the Soweto giants this weekend.
Abafana Bes’thende, who managed to hold the Buccaneers to a 0-0 draw in Orlando during their first-round league match, are desperate for a win this time around in line with their quest to move away from the bottom half of the log.
Speaking to the Siya crew, Arrows assistant coach Mandla Ncikazi has likened Bucs to English Premiership giants Manchester City for their style of play.
“I think Pirates are the best football-playing team currently and the result from their match against AmaZulu make them even much better. They scored and it’s going to be tough. We are preparing and we know how dangerous they are. The front three – anybody can score. They have speed and they play the modern game. When you look at Pirates, you can see Man City in them when they attack. But there are areas from them that we can exploit. We will try and use those to the best of our ability. We have prepared very well and the players looked very sharp at training this week,” said Ncikazi.
Arrows are 10th on the PSL log and Ncikazi knows that anything less than three points against Pirates will not help the KwaZulu-Natal outfit in their quest to get into the top eight bracket of the log.
“For playing against Pirates, they (Arrows' players) don’t need any motivation. Playing Pirates is motivation on its own. On top of that, we need the points. The position that we find ourselves in is not nice. We want to move away from there to try to hit the 30-point mark as early as we can. After that, we can work on getting into the top eight, and from there we can start moving up. It’s work in progress and the players are responding well. The only setback we had was the loss against SuperSport. There had been draws where we did not take the chances, but it looks very positive,” added the assistant coach.