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Football | Absa Premiership

Arrows chase first win against Celtic



Golden Arrows will be chasing their first Absa Premiership victory at home when they host Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday night at the Princess Magogo Stadium.

Kick-off is at 7:30pm.

Abafana Bes'thende are yet to bag a win in the new 2017/18 Premier Soccer League campaign as they lost to Bidvest Wits in the MTN8 Cup competition.

In their league encounter, they drew 1-1 against Ajax Cape Town last Saturday.

Although coach Clinton Larsen remains suspended, the mission is to retain the full three points come Wednesday night against his former bosses.

Looking at Siwelele, Celtic are also fresh from a 1-1 draw against Kaizer Chiefs at home.

Under their new coach Veselin Jelusic, the Bloemfontein-based side looked promising at home against Steve Komphela's side.

Previous starting XI

Golden Arrows v Ajax Cape Town: Gumede, Mzava, Nonyane, Mngwengwe, Bilankulu, Dlamini, Cele, Mahachi, Ntanga, Jooste, Lamola

Bloemfontein Celtic v Kaizer Chiefs: Tignyemb, Letlabika, Rikhotso, Ndengane, Phalane, Motshegwa, Mahlasela, Baloyi, Hotto, Nyundu, Mabena

What the teams are saying

Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen:

“Yeah look, we are ready for this one. There are no easy games this season. As you saw we are fresh from a big game against Ajax,” said Larsen.

“Here comes another one, I think on what I saw of Celtic against Chiefs, they have assembled a good squad.

“This will not be an easy season because teams have strengthened their squads, but we showed our quality against Wits and Ajax. We are no pushovers.

“Our aim is to get our first win as quickly as possible and I am sure we will win this one because we had a good record at home last season.”

Bloemfontein Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb:

“We are already on the way to the game. It is a big one for both teams hence we are looking for our first win,” said Tignyemb.

“They are a good side, young, fresh and full of energy as we saw against Ajax – we are ready for them though because we have to win.

“We played well against Chiefs, we were unlucky to draw at home but we must keep going and get a win in Durban.

“We know they have our former players and coach. Larsen is our father but we are going to beat them on Wednesday.”

Key players for Golden Arrows

Nkosingiphile Gumede: Goalkeeper Gumede is one of the most consistent members in the Arrows team. His ability to read the game and dangerous situations will come in handy for the side as they search for their first win.

Musa Bilankulu: The most travelled defender in the league has been a trusted addition at Arrows. His leadership and experience will be a plus for the team as he faces his former side.

Key players for Bloemfontein Celtic:

Atusaye Nyondo: Nyondo netted a good penalty against Chiefs at home as they now have a point next to their name. However, he will want to score and ensure they are victorious over Arrows on Wednesday.

Ndumiso Mabena: Mabena will show his quality when it comes to games of high tempo. His eye for goal will be crucial for the visitors as they will want to come out of Durban with a victory.



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