Absa Premiership

Golden Arrows' Ncikazi has plan to stop Kaizer Chiefs

2020-01-23 12:59
Mandla Ncikazi
Mandla Ncikazi (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Golden Arrows assistant coach Mandla Ncikazi is confident his side will be able to frustrate log leaders Kaizer Chiefs when they clash on Saturday.

Abafana Bes'thende are set to host Amakhosi in an Absa Premiership at Moses Mabhida eager to cause an upset.

Chiefs have been the form team in the country so far this season and have opened up a seven-point gap to second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns at the top of the log.

Arrows, meanwhile, are in eighth place but move up to as high as sixth with a victory should other results go in their favour.

During Thursday's pre-match press conference, Ncikazi pointed out how important keeping the ball away from Chiefs will be if they are to have any success in the match.

"Credit to them for (Samir) Nurkovic, (Leonardo) Castro and (Erick) Mathoho in set-pieces. They are a real threat," Ncikazi told the media.

"I think 90% of their goals come from those situations – and we cannot take that away from them."

The tactician, who works under former Chiefs coach Steve Komphela at Arrows, feels that they have a better chance of winning the match if they stick to their game plan.

"Deal with that, compete with them, impose your game on them when you have the ball, don’t lose the ball, don’t give it to them as much as they want it," he added.

"But again, play away from your own box and don’t create too many fouls around that area.

"If we can create all these possibilities in one match, then there is a chance for Arrows to win the match."

Arrows drew 1-1 with Polokwane City in their most recent match, while Chiefs were held to a 1-1 draw by Black Leopards.

 

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