Arrows aware of complacency syndrome ahead of TS Galaxy cup showdown - Komphela
Lamontville Golden Arrows host TS Galaxy in the first Nedbank Cup semi-final tomorrow (Saturday) heavily favoured to reach a first-ever final. It is the big boys against the small boys on paper considering one side is challenging for top eight honours in the Absa Premiership with the other languishing mid-table in the National First Division. The Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Clermont is the venue where history will be made, and even though all logic points towards a home victory, the Abafana Bes’thende camp have warned heavily against complacency. Club captain Trevor Mathiane says they have to be cautious. Mpumalanga-based Galaxy have had a long journey to get to where they are. They began the competition by beating Ajax Cape Town on the preliminary round last year, then overcame third-tier Umvoti, Jomo Cosmos and finally Cape Umoya to secure their semi-final berth. Coach Steve Komphela is adamant they are not the heavy favourites, immediately shooting down the idea when asked about it this week. The biggest fear Komphela has ahead of the game is one of complacency from his players. He has therefore pinpointed mental preparation as a big focus area for Abafana Bes’thende, who are playing against a side that has also played every Nedbank Cup this season away from home. Komphela has also played down the significance of the game for his own CV. The 51-year-old has never won a trophy in his career and now has a good chance of taking a giant step towards that tomorrow. Should they win, former club Kaizer Chiefs or Chippa United await them in a final they will essentially host in Durban. But Komphela says it was all about the club and not personal gratification.