Aces, Arrows chase second wins

Mpumalanga Black Aces and Lamontville Golden Arrows will both be looking to register their second wins of the season in the Absa Premiership when they meet at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday, kick-off at 15:30.

Aces scored late in their midweek game to hold Platinum Stars to a 2-2 draw away from home on Tuesday night and are currently placed 12th on the log with six points from seven matches.

AmaZayoni are winless in their last five league encounters but midfielder Clifford Ngobeni believes it’s just a matter of time before they turn their narrow losses and draw into victories.

“We had a lot of new players at the start of the season and it was always going to be difficult but we’ve been playing some good football and we are making progress,” he said.

“We are creating chances so it’s a matter of increasing our conversion rate and defending better as a unit to make sure we’re not always chasing the game.”

Ngobeni joined Aces from Arrows at the start of the season and he says he’s expecting a tough encounter against his former team although they are a different outfit this season.

“Arrows have some new players and now they have a new coach so it’s difficult to predict what they are bringing, but we’re expecting a difficult game” he added.

“Both teams have not been doing well in the league this season and will go into this game looking for maximum points but we’ll compete and try to claim valuable points at home”

Arrows will go into this game looking to bounce back from two consecutive league defeats as they went down to 1-0 to Free State Stars at home before losing 2-0 against the University of Pretoria on the road.

Abafana Bes'thende are placed 15th on the Absa Premiership log with four points from six matches and coach Mark Harrison says they have to try and recover from their midweek cup loss to Orlando Pirates, his first game in charge of the side.

“It was not the best way to start but at the end of the day it was a tough game away from home against a quality side,” said Harrison.

“That said, I still think we could’ve done better on the day and we definitely have things to work on before the next game.

“Aces are generally an attacking side and they can put you under pressure but they also concede goals so we have to try and exploit their weaknesses.

“It’s going to be a test of character for our players and hopefully we’ll take the points and start turning the corner in the league.”

When the two sides last met during the 2010/11 season Arrows won 3-1 in Durban before Aces responded with a 2-1 win in their backyard.