Golden Arrows players celebrate after scoring in a Premiership match. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Golden Arrows players celebrate after scoring in a Premiership match. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Arrows coach Clinton Larsen reacts on the touchline during a game. Photo: Gavin Barker/BackpagePix
Arrows coach Clinton Larsen reacts on the touchline during a game. Photo: Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

DURBAN - Lamontville Golden Arrows are targeting a double over their arch-rivals AmaZulu when the two sides meet in the much anticipated Kwa-Zulu-Natal (KZN) derby at the weekend.

The two sides will lock horns in an Absa Premiership clash at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi on Saturday night (8.15pm).

Abafana Bes’thende emerged victorious the last time the two sides met, Clinton Larsen's men thumping Usuthu 4-1 at KwaMashu's Princess Magogo Stadium.

Arrows are still unbeaten in derby matches this season. They drew goalless with the other KZN side Maritzburg United when they hosted them in KwaMashu back in December.

And coach Larsen would love nothing more than for his team to keep that record intact until the end of the season.

“The spirit is really high in the camp ahead of this game. We are now three games unbeaten and the confidence is back. This game will have an extra spice because the last time we played against them we hammered them 4-1,” Larsen explained.

"They will want to redeem themselves in this game. They are a much improved side and won’t be easy but we want to beat all the teams that have the ambition of finishing in the top eight and these sides are your Maritzburg United, Polokwane City, AmaZulu and Bloemfontein Celtic."

Arrows have begun the second half of the season on a good note having beaten SuperSport United and drawn with Chippa United and Baroka.

“We won’t allow complacency to creep in because of the good results that we got in the first round. My players know that we don't get complacent at Arrows and that’s why they always get 100%. Once a player becomes complacent he is getting himself out of the 18-man squad,” Larsen elaborated.

Arrows are the season's draw specialists with 11.

“We need to improve our conversion rate because we are creating chances. We also need to minimise defensive errors because we made many of those this season. If we can get that right, I think we will be on course to achieving our ambition of finishing in the top eight.”

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