'I would have put Chiefs in the hole'


Golden Arrows assistant coach Mandla Ncikazi says they aware of Kaizer Chiefs' threats and have a plan to stop them today.

Amakhosi have been deadly with aerial balls with Samir Nurkovic, Leonardo Castro and Eric Mathoho as their big threats in the air.

Ncikazi says they can't run away from the fact that the danger will come from those three and outlines the plan to stop that threat.

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"Credit must be given to them. Nurkovic, Castro and Mathoho are dangerous on set-pieces. They are threats and I think 90 percent of their goals are coming from that standard situation," he said.

"Deal with that, compete with them, impose your game when you have the ball, don't lose it in your box, don't create fouls in the box. If we can create those possibilities in the match, we can win the match,"

Many people will be supporting Arrows and hoping they can stop Chiefs from opening the gap at the top of the log, especially those in the title race, but Ncikazi says it's every man for himself.

"Ixoxo nexoxo umazigxumela [Every man for himself], we've got our own mandate. If we do favours for certain teams we will, and good for them," he added.

"Four us it's our objectives, to get away from the relegation zone, get as many points as possible early. If we do that and others benefit, let it be."

Ncikazi feels the match at Moses Mabhida Stadium will be like an away game for them because of how often Amakhosi use the Durban venue for their home games.

"It's an away match for us. Like I said the history of Arrows says they win more matches away from home, so if it's an away match then it gives us the possibility of winning the match."

The coach reveals that if it were up to him, he would have preferred to play at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium to frustrate Amakhosi in a smaller venue, but the decision was taken by management.

"I think it was just management's issue, we were not exposed to why the match was moved to another venue," he explained.

"If it was my choice, personally I would've played at Clermont, put them in the hole, let them drive up the streets, maybe we would get an advantage over them.

"But Moses Mabhida Stadium is our home for Saturday. We should start learning that playing there is a home for Arrows. We can only do that by winning against Chiefs."