Komphela pumped up for Downs war

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Although they won the last encounter between the two sides, Golden Arrows coach Steve Komphela knows a win against Mamelodi Sundowns in the semifinal of the Telkom knockout is a mammoth task.

‘Abafana Bes’thende’ will host the Brazilians in the first semi-final match on Saturday afternoon at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium for a place in this year’s Final.

Arrows have only lost once in their last 11 games in all competitions scoring 11 goals in the process.

Sitting at 4th position in the League, Arrows will take pride in the fact that they have not lost a single match at home this season.

When the two sides met recently in a League clash, Arrows beat Downs 3-2, at the same venue where they are facing each other today.

However, Komphela feels Sundowns will be more dangerous as they seek to avenge the 3-2 defeat in the League in their last match.

“Silindele impi e serious (We are waiting for a serious war) because one; they lost against us the last time and coach Pitso (Mosimane) is a man of great pride and Manqoba (Mngqithi) they wouldn’t want to lose twice to Golden Arrows,” said Komphela.

“What we do is just focus on our preparation, look at the details that we will need to bring out and go out to the match.

“It is going to be very difficult and I am sure he (Mosimane) might bring (Gaston) Sirino, (Hlompho) Kekana and (Themba) Zwane.

“He will bring his big guns and they have unbelievable CAF Champions League experience and that’s what we will be facing, but all we do is to depend on what we have been doing from the games against Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs, Polokwane City, SuperSport United and against them Sundowns.”

In the last 15 matches between the two sides, Sundowns have won 11 and Arrows 3, with just one draw.

By Ofhani Munyai

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