Mandla Ncikazi: Golden Arrows hoping to face demotivated Kaizer Chiefs side on Saturday

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The Abafana Bes'thende trainer is cautious ahead of their PSL match with Amakhosi on Saturday

Golden Arrows assistant coach Mandla Ncikazi says they cannot afford to undermine Kaizer Chiefs regardless of their poor form in recent times.

The Abafana Bes'thende mentor stated that they will be watching Amakhosi's Caf Confederation Cup match because a good result in that match will give coach Giovanni Solinas' men some boost heading to their Premier Soccer League (PSL) match at the weekend.

"We are going to the match against Chiefs with injury problems to our key players. We are really concerned because we have many injured players," Ncikazi told Isolezwe.

The Durban-based side is set to miss players such as Sandile Zuke, Danny Phiri, Devine Lunga as well as Zolani Nkombelo, but Ncikazi will bank on the fact that the PSL match will be staged at the Princess Magogo because the Moses Mabhida Stadium is like home to the Glamour Boys.

"It is not a good situation for us because of injuries especially when preparing for a club like Kaizer Chiefs," he added.

Ahead of the match set to kick-off at 18h00 on Saturday evening, Chiefs will hope to erase their last weekend's 2-1 loss to Orlando Pirates and beat Zanzibar's Zimamoto on Wednesday night in Port Elizabeth.

Apart from losing twice to the Buccaneers in all competitions, Chiefs beat Black Leopards 1-0 in the league, but drew against Chippa United in their previous PSL match in Durban.

"I think it will also depend on how they play in their Caf match, if they do well and win, that will be a problem for us because Solinas will want to use that and motivate his players," responded Clinton Larsen's right-hand man.

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On the other hand, the former MTN8 Cup champions are winless in three matches in all competitions and will also hope to return to winning ways against Chiefs.

"But if they lose, that will give us a chance to get a good result because they will be demotivated. The biggest mistake we can make now is to look at their recent results and then underestimate them," continued Ncikazi.

"They have great players in that team and it's very important to always remind our players of the quality at Chiefs," concluded the former Maritzburg United coach.
 

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