Larsen agrees with Komphela on Downs


Arrows will face Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup last-16 at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday (15h00) riding a three-game winning streak in all competitions as they look good for a top-eight finish in the Absa Premiership.

Sundowns, the African and PSL champions, remain in the hunt for league honours, but have not won in their previous four outings, most recently losing 2-1 to Chiefs.

However, Larsen says Abafana Bes'thende will remain humble when they take on Pitso Mosimane's star-studded outfit.

"I think Steve said it as well; Sundowns are favourites in every game they go in, regardless of their form. Statistics speak volumes," said Larsen.

"We are going to go there and remain humble like we are, remain the small club that we are and just go there and fight for every single minute.

"I think winning, like I've said before, gives players confidence that they can go and take on Sundowns now. And hopefully, like I said, players coming back now, it keeps everybody on their toes. The guys who have the jerseys want to hold on to them and the guys outside are fighting to get back into the team. I think that is a win-win situation for the club."

He adds: "Our objective is simple: we try to win every single game we play in. We'll put the strongest team out there for the Nedbank Cup and the strongest team out for the following game against Bidvest Wits.

"Everybody knows when the fixtures are out and and it is seven games in this month of April. It's a tough schedule on everybody. But I'm happy that we got the players back, so if we do need to rotate we got a little bit more depth now with guys coming back from injury."

In team news, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Vuyani Ntanga, Limbikani Mzava, Danny Phiri and Chiukepo Msowoya are all available again, while Nkanyiso Cele and Lehlohonolo Nonyane are doubtful.

Larsen has caused headaches for Downs in the past, winning the Telkom Knockout final in 2012 at their expense when in charge of Bloemfontein Celtic. The former Manning Rangers midfielder also oversaw Celtic's 5-0 thrashing of the Tshwane giants in 2015 which dashed their title hopes.