Key men for Arrows v Pirates
Posted: 17 March 2018 Time: 17:30
Orlando Pirates will be looking to redeem themselves after getting knocked out of the Nedbank Cup by Cape Town City on Wednesday, when they face Golden Arrows in the Absa Premiership this evening.
Arrows host the Buccaneers at Princess Magogo Stadium (20h15), determined to bounce back after the 1-0 defeat to the Citizens. Their defeat means the only title the Pirates have left to fight for is the Absa Premiership, which means they cannot afford to drop points against Arrows.
KickOff.com looks at the men will play a key role when the sides meet tonight.
After scoring his first goal in 2018 against Polokwane City recently, Arrows coach Clinton Larsen will be hoping the former Bloemfontein Celtic striker will bag more goals to help the club finish in the top eight. Lamola has the pace to make life difficult for the Pirates defenders and can also get into good areas in the box.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder is back from suspension and offers the creativity Arrows need to find a chink in the Pirates armour. He has the ability to whip in good cross from set pieces.
The Malawian centre back has been a constant figure in the Arrows defence and has recently shouldered the responsibility of taking penalties in the side. He will need to be at his best to stop the likes of Justin Shonga, Thabo Qalinge and Augustine Mulenga.
He did not find the back of the net against City, but he was a nuisance for the opposition. He is finding his feet at the Buccaneers and there’s no doubt that once he has fully setted, the Zambian striker will be a nightmare to contain. Shonga has an eye for goal and has come up with a few assists too.
The versatile Zimbabwean player had a good against City and was unlucky not to find the back of the net from set pieces in both halves of the game. He played in defence alongside captain Happy Jele, but also gives coach Micho Sredojevic the option of playing in midfield.
The former Celtic midfielder has enjoyed a good first season with the Soweto giants, becoming a key component in coach Micho Sredojevic’s midfield. He is a box to box midfielder who is more useful in the opposition half because of his ability to pass and chip in with a few goals. Arrows need to keep an eye on him because he likes making late runs into the box.