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Football | Absa Premiership

Arrows target another home win



Golden Arrows will welcome Free State Stars in an Absa Premiership game at the Princess Magogo Stadium in Durban on Saturday. Kick-off is at 3:30pm.

Abafana Be'sthende edged Bloemfontein Celtic 2-1 at home in their previous league game last weekend.

Nkanyiso Cele opened the scoring for Abafana Bes'thende nine minutes after the restart, before Knox Mutizwa sealed the home side's victory.

The victory ended Arrows' seven-match winless run in the league. After beating Highlands Park last November, they recorded three draws and four defeats.

Arrows are placed seventh on the league standings with 23 points from 17 matches. They are three points behind fifth-placed Mamelodi Sundowns.

Mutizwa has opened his scoring account at Arrows. He will be looking to score again and inspire Clinton Larsen's side to victory on Saturday.

Lerato Lamola, Abafana Bes'thende's centre forward, has stated that they can't afford to underestimate Stars, even though they are struggling at the moment.

"We need to win games consistently in order to achieve our objectives by the end of the season," Lamola told supersport.com.

"They (Stars) are very close to the relegation zone and they are desperate for points. But we are also in need of points.

"We should not underestimate them. But I am confident that we will get a win at home if we work hard."

Meanwhile, Stars are coming off a goalless home draw against SuperSport United in their previous league game played in midweek.

This was Ea Lla Koto's first draw in their last seven league matches. Before facing SuperSport, they had lost to Kaizer Chiefs away.

Stars are placed 14th on the league standings with 15 points from 17 games. They are only a point above 15th-placed Highlands Park.

Ea Lla Koto will welcome back Thela Ngobeni when they take on Arrows. The goalkeeper served his suspension against SuperSport.

Ghanaian striker Mohamed Anas, who recently joined Stars, will be keen to score his first goal for the team and help Serame Letsoaka's side win in Durban.

Stars captain Paulus Masehe has warned that they will fight for maximum points against Arrows in order to move further away from the relegation zone.

"We currently find ourselves in the bottom three - so we are taking every game we play as a Cup final now," Masehe told supersport.com.

"We need to win games to move away from this position as soon as possible.

"It's not going to be easy against Arrows because they are in a comfortable position. But we will fight for a win."

When Arrows and Stars met in the first-round league encounter five months ago, the former won 1-0.

Lehlohonolo Nonyane netted the only goal of the match for Abafana Bes'thende at the Goble Park Stadium.



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