GOLDEN Arrows coach, Steve “Koloi” Komphela, is gunning for another “pass mark” to achieve his goal in Abafana Bes’thende’s next five Absa Premiership matches.
He said their sharp arrows are pointing directly at whipping boys, Baroka FC, whom they visit at Polokwane’s Peter Mokaba Stadium tonight (7.30pm) – the only league match today.
It is one hell of a league match that both teams must be eager to achieve their different goals:
- Arrows, placed 11th on the PSL log with 25 points from 23 matches, need the three points to close down the gap between themselves and the teams in the top eight.
- Baroka coach Wedson Nyirenda, who lost the past two matches to Highlands Park (2-1) and Polokwane City (3-1), would be relieved to get maximum points to avoid dropping further down on the log.
Baroka are 13th on the log with 21 points.
But Komphela is having his eyes firmly set on the scalp of Bakgaga, who have been a shadow of the team that started brightly last August.
Komphela said his target is 10 points from their next five league games, starting with Baroka, before facing Cape Town City on 7 April.
They will then face AmaZulu, Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars, who are fighting for survival.
“In our last group of matches we managed to collect eight points from five games, which is an equal to a pass mark,” said Komphela.
“This is a new group and our objective is to collect 10 points from five matches. This is a championship mark. This will give us a drive to end the season somewhere in the top eight.”
Komphela still has a chance of winning the Nedbank Cup where they are circled alongside his former club Bloemfontein Celtic in the quarter-finals at Dr Molemela Stadium on 30 March. If Komphela is serious about achieving his objective, his defence need to be on alert to stop Baroka’s golden captain Mduduzi Mdantsane and Celani Vilane.
Arrows will prove to be too much for Baroka, using Knox Mutizwa and Lerato Lamola, who have scored six goals each.