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Seema – We Come As Underdogs

New Golden Arrows head coach Lehlohonolo Seema is ready for his first competitive game in charge, but says his team go in as underdogs against ‘cup specialists’ SuperSport United in Saturday’s MTN8 quarter-final game.

The former Bloemfontein Celtic, Chippa United and Black Leopards coach was speaking during a digital press conference on Tuesday.

Seema replaced Mandla Ncikazi, who has moved to become an assistant at Orlando Pirates, and the former Lesotho and Pirates captain says they won’t underestimate Kaitano Tembo’s team, but are positive about getting through to the semi-finals.

You know, like I’ve said to you, we are looking at this game as our final before the final,” Seema said. 

“And history is there, but it does not change that head start before SuperSport, like I’ve told you that they’ve got good players, that are under the guidance of coach Kaitano that they’ve been doing very well. 

“That is why in the cups, I think they have they have done a lot, they’ve done more than we have done, so we come as underdogs, we don’t want to say no, we have a good record against them. 

“No, this is their territory, that is where they’re knitted a name, cups especially. So we are looking forward to just to make sure that we get to the second round of this cup and it’s gonna be a very difficult game because they have a lot of good players that are there.

“Like you said, You touched on it. Both teams, I don’t think both teams have changed a lot. The core of the teams, players are still there. So we expecting to see the similarity and the competition that will be there that is always fearful. 

“Let’s hope come Saturday after the match the result will be on us and we will be happy to go to the next round.”

Arrows, who finished fourth last season, host SuperSport (who finished fifth) on Saturday afternoon.