South-Africa

All-or-nothing encounter in reserve league encounter

2018-02-18 06:01

Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates and Golden Arrows will play for their lives on Sunday when they face each other in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge.

The Absa Premiership reserve teams will compete at Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa, east of Johannesburg.

The stakes are high and, with two games to go, Abafana Bes’thende could clinch the league title after amassing 29 points in 13 games.

With 32 goals to their name, Arrows are the league’s top scorers.

Having conceded only 17 goals this season, the team boasts an impressive goal difference of 15. Three points will take their tally to 35, which means second-placed Bloemfontein Celtic will not be able to catch up.

Celtic have 25 points and will only peak at 31 if they win their remaining games.

Arrows will be hoping that 19-year-old midfielder Thabani Zuke will bring some good tidings and help them reclaim the title they won in the 2016/17 season.

Zuke also helped Amajita win the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations Under-20 championships in December.

But the Buccaneers - who will certainly not make things easy for the Durban-based club - might have something up their sleeve.

Pirates coach Rayaan Jacobs said Arrows would have to fight hard if they wanted to win.

“We will do what we have been doing all season. If they want to win, they must come prepared,” he said.

Pirates, who are currently fifth on the table, will be hoping to secure a more respectable position.

The Buccaneers have seven wins and three losses.

Jacobs admitted they should have done better, but said they had more wins and fewer losses than in the previous season.

Celtic will have their hands full on Sunday as they are also looking to beat Cape Town City in Parow Park Stadium before they face Maritzburg United next week.

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