JOHANNESBURG – “As much as we are learning, we also want to win,” that's what Golden Arrows' reserve team defender Velemseni Ndwandwe said ahead of the team's crunch encounter with Barcelona this afternoon.
Arrows had a dream start to their Spanish tour courtesy of a 2-1 win over Rayo Vallecano on Monday.
“Playing Barcelona means a lot to us. We are learning as young players, but as much as we want to learn,we also want to win,” Ndwandwe said. “We are in the same age group as the Catalan squad. If we were going to face the senior team, then we would say we are learning.
But since we are playing our peers,we also want to learn and win. We will attack,and hopefully we can do better as a team and individuals.”
Ndwandwe only joined the rest of the team on Monday and thus did not feature against Vallecano. The 22-year-old defender, who played a key role in Arrows winning their second Multichoice Diski Challenge title, was impressed with his temmates' performance on Monday although there's always a room for improvement.
“The guys did very well. They were able to adjust to the cold weather and artificial pitch,” Ndwandwe said. “I was happy to see them play their normal game in conditions they not are used to. But I think we still need to work on maintaining our shape.
When we are attacking, the defenders should also move forward and support the strikers. The strikers should also be able to assist in defending as well. We also want to score more goals.”
At the time of writing, Arrows posted the following on social media:
Spain Fixture changes!
We have had changes in our itinerary in Spain with our game against @FCBarcelona being moved to Monday (11h00). Our game against @RCDEspanyol scheduled for tomorrow is canceled. Instead Tomorrow we will play @GironaFC (11h00), #ArrowsAbroad #Asidlali pic.twitter.com/p3d4PdNyIY