GOLDEN Arrows coach, Mandla Ncikazi, has demanded his players to show improvement when they host Bloemfontein Celtic in their next DStv Premiership clash at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on Sunday (3pm).

Ncikazi was dismayed with his side’s 1-1 league draw against Swallows at Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday, saying it was his team’s worst performance of the season.

He now wants to see them do better against Celtic at a stadium where Arrows are unbeaten this season.

He also said their ball retention has to be better if they want to progress to the next level.

Despite the draw against the Birds, Arrows remain second on 37 points from 21 games played.

The Durban-based outfit had only one shot on target during the whole match against Swallows, which was the goal by Seth Parusnath in Soweto which has left the coach dismayed.

“You’ll only create opportunities to score if you keep the ball, and on Saturday we didn’t do that. I think it is what we must work on first.”

Ncikazi revealed that every time there’s an enforced international break, his team does not return and play the same way as they did prior to the break.

This is not the first time the former Free State Stars assistant coach has admitted his team has played poorly.

He was also left aghast after losing to AmaZulu in the Nedbank Cup last-32 in February.

“Maybe one has to work on something related to the break, it’s a lesson for all of us in the technical side,” admits Ncikazi, whose side have not won their last two league matches.

“Maybe we should deal with the break differently. But looking at the bigger picture, we didn’t lose against Swallows.”