Komphela prays for rain as Mosimane seeks sunshine

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Lamontville Golden Arrows coach Steve Komphela is praying for rain ahead of their Telkom Knockout semi-final showdown against Mamelodi Sundowns in Durban on Saturday. However, if his prayers are answered, his opposite number Pitso Mosimane will not be happy.

The two teams met 11 days ago when it poured heavily during their Absa Premiership clash at the same Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium which will be utilised for this game.

Abafana Bes’thende won that clash, but the Brazilians’ boss was livid with the conditions and the state of the ground in Clermont. Komphela is not bothered though, and wants the same.

Komphela was addressing the media in Durban on Wednesday ahead of their big showdown on Saturday.

Arrows are bidding to reach their first final in a decade, while Sundowns are aiming to take another step towards a trophy they last won in 2015.

The Arrows camp are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their leading scorer this season, Knox Mutizwa from international duty with Zimbabwe, but his team-mate Divine Lunga is back, according to the coach.

Komphela also believes it was by no fluke that his side had now reached this stage of the League Cup competition.

Arrows beat Polokwane City in the opening round of 32, before going on to oust SuperSport United.

Their coach believes they have been full value for their success, adding that all the pressure in this round would be on their opponents from Tshwane. Report by Thahir Asmal