Cape Town City will look to bounce back to winning ways in the DStv Premiership when they lock horns with Lamontville Golden Arrows at the DHL Newlands Stadium on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 5:30 pm CAT.
The Citizens are now winless in their last four matches in the league having succumbed to a narrow 1-0 defeat to newcomers Sekhukhune United away last weekend.
The Western Cape-based outfit is now placed 12th on the DStv Premiership standings – three points behind eighth-placed Arrows and they will be looking to move closer to the top half of the log with a win over Abafana Bes’thende.
Eric Tinkler, the City head coach, says his charges need to move on and focus on their next game after their disappointing defeat to Sekhukhune.
“Disappointed, feel for the boys, because you can see, they worked, they tried. They grew frustrated, especially that first half, we were getting into that final third with a lot of ease,” Tinkler said.
“And then we were trying to force, and then once or twice we got caught on the counter. The goal, it’s a shot, he’s not even looking to play across, he’s looking to have a shot and it ends up finding a player and they take the lead.
“Yeah, so I think disappointing, we’ve got to take this one on the chin, and move on.”
Meanwhile, Arrows saw their four-match unbeaten run in the league come to an end when they suffered a 1-0 defeat to defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns at home on Wednesday.
Abafana Bes’thende find themselves placed eighth on the DStv Premiership standings – two points behind fifth-placed Sekhukhune United and they will be eager to cement their place in the top eight with a win in the Mother City.
Lehlohonolo Seema, the Arrows head coach, was pleased with how his charges performed in their defeat to Sundowns and he believes that they can get a positive result in Cape Town.
“We’ll get a lot of wins if we perform like this. I feel for the players because after working so hard against a good side like the opponents of today and you have nothing to show,” Seema said.
“It’s one of those things when you say three days later we’re playing against another difficult game in Cape Town.
“Cape Town City and we need to pick them up and say ‘gents let’s continue with the same effort, same attitude, same hunger, same determination’ we can get a lot of wins from this performance.”
Cape Town City: PLAYERS TO WATCH
Thabo Nodada: The box-to-box midfielder is very influential for the Citizens as he tends to break down possession, but also start attacking plays after winning back the ball. Nodada will be keen to control the match from midfield and put City in a good position to win the game.
Mduduzi Mdantsane: The left-footed playmaker has managed to carry his form from last season into the current campaign in terms of scoring goals from midfield having already netted three times this term. Mdantsane has what it takes to lead City to a win over Arrows.
Golden Arrows: PLAYERS TO WATCH
Nkosinathi Sibisi: The Arrows captain is one of the top ball-playing central defenders in the DStv Premiership and he is also often pushes forward to help his side launch attacks. Sibisi will be keen to lead his troops to a victory that would see Abafana Bes’thende return to winning ways.
Michael Gumede: The hard-working centre forward missed a penalty during Arrows’ defeat to Sundowns, but he remains the team’s joint-top scorer in the league with two goals. Gumede will be hoping to redeem himself against the Citizens by inspiring his side to a win in the Mother City.
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