Durban - National First Division (NFD) outfit, Golden Arrows, head coach Shaun Bartlett believes that their Nedbank Cup last 32 clash against AmaZulu will be a test of character for Abafanabesthende as they hope to retain their Absa Premiership status next season.
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The two KwaZulu-Natal rivals will square-off in the first round of the R6m competition at the Princess Magogo Stadium on February 20.
Bartlett has revealed that his charges intend to use the Ke Yona tournament as their 2015/16 PSL preparations.
The former Bafana Bafana goal-poacher also hinted that his aspiration is to be drawn against the top flight teams for the duration of the tournament.
“It’s part of our goal to be promoted and return back to the Absa Premiership,” said Bartlett.
“I think the best way of challenging ourselves will be to play against the PSL teams.
“I keep saying to our players that the PSL is exactly where we want to be again.
“We need to play in big stadiums again next season. And I think playing against AmaZulu will be a good opportunity for us, especially the players. Hopefully the best team will win.”
Arrows are currently second placed on the NFD log, trailing log leaders Jomo Cosmos by two points.