Arrows cautious of wounded Stars

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

Lamontville Golden Arrows host the limping Platinum Stars today with caution - Stars have lost two back-to-back matches and come to KwaZulu-Natal to try and redeem themselves.

Arrows coach Manqoba Mnqithi said the match would be tough, but the fact that they were facing a team that had lost two matches would add more pressure.

"Clearly, they will want to establish their name after the losses and that makes them very dangerous. We will be cautious because we don't want to become their first casualties of the season," said Mnqithi.

He said his young squad was more than ready for the first match of their season. "They are more than ready and you should also bear in my mind that it is every coach's wish to win the first match of the season, and so we will try and win this one," he said.

Mnqithi said he would not field the new signings from AmaZulu - Kagiso Senamela and Xolani Mabaso

The two joined Abafana Bes'thende from Kaizer Chiefs, who had loaned them to Usuthu.

Chiefs had signed an agreement with Arrows that they would exchange the two youngsters with Mabhudi Khanyeza.

Mnqithi said Arrow's supporters should come to the stadium to see new faces. "We have new players that are likely to play, but I wouldn't like to mention their names before the match."

Sensational striker Hareaipha "Simba" Marumo said they were hoping to change their fortunes against Arrows and collect maximum points.

"Every game is different and the fact that we lost two games does not mean we would lose this one as well. Every game has its own challenges and we treat them differently," he said.

He said they would make sure they counter-acted everything Arrows threw at them.

The boys from North West will bank on Marumo, Solomon Mathe and Stanely Kgatla, while Arrows will rely on Papi Zothwane, Lindani Buthelezi and Siyabonga Sangweni.

The match kicks off at 3pm at King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi.