Arrows take aim at Polokwane

Lamontville Golden Arrows will face off with Polokwane City in the 2019 Telkom Knockout Cup Round of 16 match at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 3:00 pm CAT.

Abafana Bes'thende are currently enduring a five-match winless run in the Absa Premiership having lost 2-0 to Kaizer Chiefs in their last match.

Arrows have never won the Telkom Knockout Cup, but they managed to reach the semifinals in 2011 where they lost to the eventual champions Orlando Pirates.

Steve Komphela, the Arrows head coach, is concerned by his side's poor finishing in front of goal and he knows they will have to take their chances against Polokwane.

"Golden Arrows plays, they must impose themselves, we build from the back, we develop to the midfield, we just lacked the finishing (against Chiefs)," Komphela said.

"If you don't take your own chances then you're not going to win a match."

Meanwhile, Polokwane are also wounded having lost their last two Absa Premiership matches against Highlands Park and Stellenbosch FC.

Rise and Shine are yet to win the Telkom Knockout Cup, but they did reach the last four in 2017 and they were defeated by eventual runners-up Bloemfontein Celtic.

Jabulani Maluleke, the Polokwane captain, is confident that they can return to winning ways against a tough Arrows side.

"I actually hope that we'll use the Telkom Knockout as a tool of redemption. If we can manage a win at Arrows, that can see us turn the corner, I believe," Maluleke said.

"Arrows are a tough team, but we are capable of beating any team in this league. So I foresee an entertaining affair.


Nduduzo Sibiya: The attacking midfielder has re-established himself as a key player for Arrows this season. Sibiya will be keen to help his side overcome Polokwane.

Knox Mutizwa: The marksman has been in good form for Arrows having netted four goals in eight Absa Premiership matches. Mutizwa will be looking to fire Arrows into the quarterfinals.

Polokwane City: PLAYERS TO WATCH

Jabulani Maluleke: The midfielder remains an influential player in the Polokwane team. Maluleke will be eager to eager to lead his side to a victory over Arrows.

Puleng Tlolane: The forward has rediscovered his form under Polokwane coach Zlatiko Krmpotic. Tlolane will be hoping to score against Arrows and help his side win.