JOHANNESBURG - Lamontville Golden Arrows will now put all of their efforts into their quest to finish in the Absa Premiership Top 8 following a precious three points against Kaizer Chiefs at Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu on Tuesday night.
Maximum points lifted Abafana Bes’thende to ninth place on the log after they thumped Amakhosi 3-1.
Arrows boss Clinton Larsen stated after the match that his side would push hard for a top eight finish in their last two matches.
On Saturday, Arrows will face Platinum Stars in KwaMashu and Abafana Bes’thende will complete their league matches at Harry Gwala Stadium against Maritzburg United.
“I was very pleased with the way we started the game, “ Larsen said.
"Even before we scored in the fourth minute we were on the front foot. I thought that was very important for us as the home team.
"We’ve always been three points away from Top 8. Finally we got that result. This result will allow us to challenge for the Top 8.
"A lot of people asked how are we going to get points. We had Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs, Maritzburg United and Platinum Stars (still to play).
"I said that maybe the most difficult game would be against Platinum Stars because they are the team that believes they can catch the team ahead of them.."
Arrows needed the last day of the league to secure their Top 8 spot last season. They came back from 1-0 down to beat Orlando Pirates 2-1 at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
“With six points left to play for there’s still a big chance of us achieving our Top 8 goal. We know it is not going to be easy,” Larsen said.
Arrows will miss the services of Sandile Zuke on Saturday. He will be suspended after receiving his fourth yellow card.
Dikwena are fighting hard at the business end of the Premiership standings.
“I think my players have got to look at the table and they will be motivated," said Larsen.
"We’ve always said that it has been very frustrating season because it has been so inconsistent. We got the result today and we've almost got to the Top 8. That’s what a crazy season it has been. I’m happy that we are not talking relegation. We are talking about the Top 8 fight.”