Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen labels clash with Ajax Cape Town as a "six-pointer"
Posted: 25 February 2018 Time: 08:00
Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen feels Sunday's clash with fellow strugglers Ajax Cape Town is the definition of a "six-pointer".
Lowly Arrows could drop into the relegation zone if they lose to second-from-bottom Ajax, who are two points poorer after 21 games.
The sides recorded a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture in August at Cape Town Stadium, with Larsen and his assistant Mandla Ncikazi suspended on that occasion after being sent off in the MTN8 quarter-finals against Bidvest Wits.
Abafana Bes'thende recently lost again to Wits via a 2-1 scoreline as Knox Mutizwa missed a penalty for the hosts in KwaMashu.
The Durban-based outfit have only won once in their last 18 games in all competitions, but Larsen is drawing encouragement from their performance against the resurgent Clever Boys.
“It's a six-pointer and if ever there was a six-pointer, this is it. Both teams are desperate for the points,” Larsen said ahead of the 15h30 kick-off at Princess Magogo Stadium.
“If we can perform the way we performed against Wits I don’t see a reason why we cannot beat Ajax. The team gave us everything we were looking for except for the goal that [Gabadinho] Mhango scored.
“We were strong defensively, strong offensively. We created a lot of goal scoring chances, we missed a penalty, we dominated the champions in the second half.
“All the signs were there that it's a matter of time before we get the win and we hope that it’s against Ajax who are desperate. But we also hope to play on that desperation.
“They’re in a catch 22; do they come out and play an open game, or do they come and sit and absorb pressure, try and play on the break? So whichever way, we got to be prepared for it."