Chippa look to derail Arrows

Golden Arrows host Chippa United on a mission to secure the full three points in their first 2017/18 Absa Premiership meeting at Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Kick-off is at 3:00pm.

Abafana Bes'thende and Baroka FC are the only two teams in the league yet to lose their matches and Arrows will want to keep their record.

Coach Clinton Larsen has assembled a formidable side which has started the 2017/18 campaign on a high and playing at home means they are out to win the tie.

They are fresh from a draw against Kaizer Chiefs and wins against Platinum Stars and AmaZulu in their previous three matches.

Looking at the visiting side, the Chilli Boys will also want to bag their first win under coach Teboho Moloi.

Since Moloi's appointment, the Port Elizabeth-based side have drawn three matches against Dikwena, SuperSport United and Bloemfontein Celtic last weekend.

This first meeting for both sides means there will be a winner at Princess Magogo as both sides play an entertaining brand of football.

Previous starting XI:

Golden Arrows: Gumede, Dube, Mngwengwe, Mzava, Nkombelo, Bilankulu, Cele, Sibiya, Magubane, Mahachi, Lamola

Chippa United: Akpeyi, Mvelase, Macheke, Okwousa, Konqobe, Lentjies, Zuke, Sekola, Mako, Mdlinzo, Maphanga

Head-to- Head


Season Result Scorers

2012/13 Arrows 2-0 Chippa Smith 2

2012/13 Chippa 1-2 Arrows Benjani; Bilankulu, Smith

2015/16 Arrows 0-2 Chippa Mthiyane, Manzini

2015/16 Chippa 0-0 Arrows

2016/17 Arrows 1-0 Chippa Ntanga

2016/17 Chippa 2-2 Arrows L. Manzini 2; Lamola 2

LEAGUE RECORD (since 2012/13)

Home Away Total


Arrows 3 2 0 1 3 2 Arrows 3 1 2 0 4 3 Arrows 6 3 2 1 7 5

Chippa 3 0 2 1 3 4 Chippa 3 1 0 2 2 3 Chippa 6 1 2 3 5 7

What the teams are saying:

Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen:

“Yeah definitely, the mood is high in our camp as you know we are yet to lose, but we cannot just relax,” said Larsen.

“We have managed to keep clean sheets in two games and we are trying to do better. We have outlined areas where we need to improve and we will work hard to do so.

“Look, Chippa is a team believing in possession and we will have to find a plan to counter that. Under Teboho, they now play more direct and that could be a threat for us.

“However, I believe the boys can push and ensure we remain unbeaten and claim the three points because we are at home.”

Chippa United coach Teboho Moloi:

“Arrows is another Premier Soccer League team that uses transition, a lot of speed, and they are very aggressive and dangerous in set pieces,” said Moloi.

“I know Clinton. He worked with coaches who showed him how to handle set pieces as a player.

“We need to be up to our A game, especially when we concede set pieces against Arrows. That is my main concern.”

Key players for Golden Arrows:

Nkanyiso Mngwengwe: Mngwengwe will want to continue providing steel at the back and ensure they do not concede at home. His combination and communication with the back four will be key to ensure Chippa returns home empty handed.

Limbikani Mzava: The Malawian defender has proven himself to be the one of the consistent performers for the Durbanites. His ability to marshal the defence has helped Arrows so far as they want to remain unbeaten in their seventh league match.

Key players for Chippa United:

Daniel Akpeyi: The big Nigerian goalkeeper has reclaimed the No 1 spot from Brighton Mhlongo and seems to have found his way back to the first eleven. Heading to Durban, he will be the key figure to ensure they stop Arrows.

Ayabulela Konqobe: The former South African junior international skipper is familiar with Durban as he played for AmaZulu and Thanda Royal Zulu in the National First Division. His aim is to establish his name in the elite division and help the Chilli Boys.