ARROWs TOp tip for derby

HERO: AmaZulu striker Bradley Ritson. 22/10/2008.  Gallo Images. Lefty Shivambu.
HERO: AmaZulu striker Bradley Ritson. 22/10/2008. Gallo Images. Lefty Shivambu.

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Lamontville Golden Arrows might have lost two matches on the trot, but Manqoba Mngqithi's troops could spoil AmaZulu's party in Umlazi tonight.

The KwaZulu-Natal Absa Premiership derby at King Zwelithini Stadium at 7.30 is likely to be a jaw-dropper as both teams go all out.

The battle-scarred Usuthu are eager to register their second consecutive league win after their 3-2 success over Bidvest Wits on Friday.

Abafana Bes'thende, on the other hand, are determined to save face after they were brushed off 0-2 by champions SuperSport United at home on Saturday. It was their second defeat in a row.

But Arrows, who looked a confused lot at the back against Matsatsantsa, should be firm in this department after the return from suspension of trusty centre-back Siyabonga Sangweni.

Msekeli Mvalo, who played against United, will have to make way. Sangweni will complement the side's rearguard that also has Musa Bilankulu who could be stiff-necked on his day.

Clive Barker, AmaZulu coach, also has everybody available tonight. Forward Bradley Ritson goes into this tie with renewed vitality after he came off the bench to score an 86th-minute clincher against Wits. But he is is likely to start on the bench again tonight as Barker goes for Collins Chabalala and Dumisani Ngwenya. Myron Shongwe is also fit again.

A win for Arrows will see them reclaim their lead on the log, while AmaZulu will move up from 10th spot to sixth if they prevail. This is highly unlikely, though.