Absa Premiership

Larsen not underestimating Dikwena

2017-04-11 19:30
Clinton Larsen and Mandla Ncikazi (Gallo Images)

Durban - Lamontville Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen is fully aware of the tough task that lies ahead for his charges after they were drawn to face the rejuvenated Platinum Stars in the Nedbank Cup quarter-finals.

The Ke Yona competition draw was conducted at the Supersport studios in Randburg on Monday evening and saw Abafanabesthende draw Dikwena at home with the dates and venues yet to be confirmed.

The former Bloemfontein Celtic mentor stressed that he would have liked to play any other team except the North West Tycoons due to their recent exploits.

Larsen, 46, however lauded the KwaZulu-Natal based side for their efforts to reach the last eight of the R7m competition following their stunning 1-0 win over Mamelodi Sundowns.

"It is indeed a great achievement for us to get to this stage of the competition," said Larsen. "And we really worked hard for this and we are not sure if we wanted to be drawn against Platinum Stars but a draw is a draw.

"Platinum Stars are a team in a great form at the moment and we respect them. It’s not going to be an easy game and everyone can expect a tough game.

"We just want to continue with the good work we have been doing since the beginning of the season and hopefully we’ll be rewarded for that."

NEDBANK CUP FIXTURES

Golden Arrows v Platinum Stars

Kaizer Chiefs v SuperSport United

Orlando Pirates v Bloemfontein Celtic

Chippa United v Jomo Cosmos

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