GOLDEN Arrows stalwart Musa Bilankulu admits that his former club, Bidvest Wits, are dangerous but reckons they’re not unbeatable.
Abafana Bes’thende play the defending champions in the first MTN8 quarterfinal of the new season at Bidvest Stadium tonight (8pm).
Bilankulu, the only current Arrows player who was part of the squad that won this cup in 2009, said they didn’t fear the Clever Boys ,who have signed experienced former Bafana Bafana captain Steven Pienaar and fellow midfielder Daylon Claasen.
Said Bilankulu: “They’ve made good acquisitions but at the end of the day it’s 11 players we have to compete against. In short, we are not worried – we respect them but don’t fear them.”
Bilankulu, a former star for Wits, added that the only way to dethrone the current MTN8 champions, was to be consistent in their play. He said everyone was ready and looking forward to a good game.
“We need to be consistent in both attack and defence, that’s the first step to victory. And we need to take the chances we create on the day. I’ve won this cup before and the secret to winning it is to win your first game. Then you have a chance in the semifinals to play home and away.
“The players we have are ambitious and I hope we can repeat what we did when we won this tournament for the first time in 2009,” said Bilankulu.
Meanwhile, Arrows CEO Gordon Masondo says the club’s management expects coach Clinton Larsen and his boys to do better this season than the last. He said players were now familiar with one another: “Last season we had too many new players and they were all still trying to get know one another. This season however, we expect a lot from them. Our dream is to do well this season, better than the last.
“We fancy a run to a cup final and hopefully winning it. The MTN8 presents us with that chance. You only play three matches and if you keep winning, you’re in the final. So we expect our boys to give us that.”
He said he did not want to put extra pressure on their new striker, another former Wits player Knox Mutizwa, but admitted they had high expectations. They were looking at getting at least 10 goals from him this season.