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We sat with Coach Seema after the teams pre-season camp and got to ask him some questions about his first month at the club and his feelings after some one on one time with the players.
LGA Admin: Good day Coach, welcome and thank you for your time today. How has your arrival at the club been? Do you feel you have had the opportunity to forge a solid working foundation with the squad at camp?
Coach Seema: I think the players have been waiting to get pre-season underway. The way that I was welcomed to the club has been unbelievable. I have been pleasantly surprised, finding a team that acts and works like a tight knit family, no individualism and the knowledge that they need each other.
I must commend the Chairlady on letting us organise a camp at short notice. It has been a good opportunity for us to work with players individually and in groups both on and off the field. Being on camp I am able to do this with whichever player I need to whenever I need to, which has been very important. We have been able to get focus going and steering the ship in the right direction with this opportunity.
LGA Admin: Has this been a good opportunity for the new signed players and the remainder of the squad to bond? Have there been any team building exercise at camp?
Coach Seema: The camp has given me the opportunity to see how the new players and the old bond in different exercises. We have had team building and there was a great sense of competition between the different groups we formed. What was inspiring for me to see was that the players quickly formed a level of trust and reliance within the members of their respective groups for the exercises. I was encouraged to see how they knew that if one person was down, that they had to be there to assist and help him to achieve their goal. At the end of it, everyone knows we are here to work as a unit, to achieve the same objectives.
LGA Admin: What has been your specific objective at camp?
Coach Seema: What I needed to do first was to understand each player. How to best communicate with him, if he responds better individually or if he is responsive enough in a group conversation. My next step was to obviously assess the structural play on the field, identify where the teams strengths are and where we can improve. I believe we have a great foundation and am looking forward to seeing the boys in the pre-season Premiers Cup competition and of course we will be tweaking things during training before we get the Premiership season underway.
LGA Admin: How has the team performed? Have there been any friendly games?
Coach Seema: We played two friendly games and obviously these are not result related games but rather seeing how what we have worked on so far is put into practice. Seeing how players react to scenarios we have worked on, whether our player placement move or counter play plans are being committed to memory and put into practice in a game situation. Growing a philosophy that scoring goals wins games, scoring and being complacent is not an option, we have to push for the full 90 minutes on the field. I have been happy with the overall result so far and both the Technical Team and the players are happy with the structures we have put in place to build on.
LGA Admin: Do you think this is good preparation for any pre-seasons tournaments if they are held?
Coach Seema: As I said earlier, it would be great to see the team in a more intense game situation before we start the MTN8 or the League. It would give us the opportunity to gauge our pre-season preparations, and be able to identify our strong points as well as any niggles that we need to address before we get the season underway.
LGA Admin: Thank you for your time today Coach. We appreciate you spending the time to talk to us and the fans.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Lehlohonolo Seema as our new Head Coach.
We wish him well in the position and look forward to the continuation of growth in the side.
Lamontville Golden Arrows F. C. announces that the club along with Coach Mandla Ncikazi have reached an agreement to amicably part ways.
We would like to thank him for his exceptional service, in different spells, over a 15 year period. Not only in the first team but also in the youth structures and the past, present and future stars produced during his time
He leaves through an open door and like any member of the family, he is welcome back at any time. We wish him well in his future endeavours.
We finished off the DStv Premiership season with a goalless draw at Sugar Ray Xulu this afternoon.
All in all the game was an equal footed affair with both sides using their possession and field advantage well to try and push up into the final third of the park.
While we created a number of scoring chances form this play, there were no effort that fell on target, and the same was to be said for the visitors.
An uneventful conclusion to what is otherwise a very good season for the club.
A forth place finish is a deserved reward for a coaching staff and squad that put a lot of effort into the season to achieve the result.
We would like to thank all of our supporters, both old and new, for the support and encouragement given this season. Without you, the #StendeNation army backing us, we would not have been able to achieve what we have.
Here is to hoping that we will see you all, at the stadium in the upcoming season.
We dropped important points at FNB Stadium tonight against Kaizer Chiefs in a game that we could have closed off in the first half.
We looked composed at the beginning of the game, working the ball well and creating space and opportunities up front. This paid off in the 21st minute for us as Michael Gumede opened the scoring.
Chiefs responded just after the half hour mark as Manyama scored the first of his hat-trick off a well delivered low cross from Katsande.
We increased the pressure on the home side and just minutes before the break failed to score off two very well orchestrated opportunities.
After the break both sides seemed to be assessing the others change in game plans. Chiefs then started increasing their pressure and Cardoso blazed an opportunity over the bar.
We were gifted the lead once again in the 62nd minute as Mathoho deflected a free kick from Mutizwa into his own nets and once again equalising the score.
Manyama then collected his brace in the 73rd minute, equalising once again for the home side.
Bvuma did well to keep his side in contention for the win from there, making a number of telling saves in the plays that we took shots on target. They then sealed the win for themselves with 11 minutes left as Manyama scored his third for the night.
Even though the boys nver gave up until the final whistle, we were just not able to come back against Chiefs, dropping points in our last away game of the season.
The team will return to Durban and get into some serious preparation for our last game of the season against Stellenbosch FC on Saturday afternoon.
We travel to FNB Stadium tomorrow where we face Kaizer Chiefs in our penultimate game of the 2021 DStv Premiership.
Coach Mandla Ncikazi stated a couple of weeks ago, ‘the last three games of the season will all be cup finals for us’ and this is the second in our fight to stay in 3rd position in the competition.
The squad and coaching staff have been preparing for the mental commitment needed in the next seven days, as well as the physical stamina that we normally produce.
The demand for us to stay focused from now until our last game on Saturday is crucial, and everyone is working at achieving that.
Kaizer Chiefs are also under a variation of pressures presently, and will need 6 points from their final season fixtures should they want to keep any possibility of a Top 8 finish alive.
This will always make your opponent more dangerous than ever, and special attention will need to be given to any change they make in their game plan come kick off.
The game will be televised on SuperSport Variety 4 and as always, play-by-play posts will be available over our social media chanels!
The team would like to thank all of our fans who have already sent wishes of good luck over the past couple of days and all appreciate the backing of the Green and Gold Army!
Three goals sealed a convincing win in our DSTv Premiership game this afternoon against TS Galaxy at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.
The team showed their intention from the first minute of play, putting pressure on the visitors as soon as we had possession of the ball. The starting 11 had a clear game plan and executed it well, setting up Michael Gumede for the opening goal in the 7th minute of play.
We doubled the lead in the 32nd minute of play as Pule Mmodi had a brilliant shot at goal, finding his mark and receiving a deserved reward for his work on the field.
TS Galaxy did not look too dangerous in the first stanza and were lucky not to have more goals scored against them at the break as we attacked relentlessly until the half time whistle.
Coming back in the second stanza, we carried on play and our game plan from the first half. TS Galaxy found themselves on the back foot more often than not, and the crisp passing and continual attacking play from us saw Makhubela with a brilliant header to give us the 3rd in the 61st minute.
The visitors put up a decent fight in the last 30 minutes, and had a number of opportunities where they could have scored. Goal stopper Mlungwana make a number of amazing saves to keep a clean sheet for the day and deny the visitors attempts.
It was a brilliant outing from the squad today and a positive result as we look to maintain our 3rd position on the log.
We have a couple of weeks break now until we take on Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium on June 2.
We play a mid week game in the DStv Premiership against TS Galaxy tomorrow afternoon at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.
With games becoming ever more important for each team as we get closer to the end of the 2020/1 season, tomorrows game is no different, with TS Galaxy looking to stay in a Top 8 spot while we fight to contend for a second place finish for the season.
‘Our team looked very focused and prepared in training. We have 3 cup finals to play which will summarize our whole season.
The team is still on course in fulfilling its objectives, finishing at the highest position in the history of the team and they are only 3 games away from writing their own history and doing it with the brand of attractive Arrows style.’ said Coach Mandla Ncikazi when asked to comment on the upcoming game.
‘Galaxy are fighting for the top 8 finish, Coach Owen Da Gama is using a 1-3-5-2 lately which makes them very dangerously in attack as they have 2 strikers and play a lot of crosses and diagonal balls from wingbacks. ‘
With TS Galaxy losing to log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns in their last outing, they will be wanting to collect points on the road, which will make them a dangerous opponent come game time.
The game will be televised on the SS PSL channel, and play by play action provided on our social media platforms.
We fought hard in the second half of this afternoons Derby game in an attempt to equalise against Maritzburg United but were unable to in the end.
Maritzburg opened the scoring in the 15th minute when Tlolane volleyed in a loose ball off a long throw in from Rae, giving the home side the only goal in the first half of play. We were unsettled in the first 45 and allowed the home side too much space to create opportunities. We settled late in the half and started creating chances, however could just not finish and Mtshali pushed an attempt over the bar just minutes before the break.
Coach Ncikazi made two tactical changes at the break, bringing on Mmodi and Sibiya in an attempt to bring a more attacking game plan. We looked better and more settled but allowed United to extend their lead in the 58th minute as Kutumela found the back of the net.
We responded immediately with Gumede bagging a goal off a cross from Sibiya. This seemed to add some fire to our game and the boys started playing up on attack with more confidence. Maritzburg were not deterred though and used their opportunities well, once again extending their lead in the 62nd minute by Hlongwane.
The boys persevered though, attacking the home side goals and trying to get another goal and a lifeline on the game. A hand ball in the 82nd minute by Maritzburgs Allie saw us being awarded a penalty which Sibiya converted. This sparked a hard drive in the last minutes of play to equalise.
After a good effort in which we dominated possession and position, in which we had a number of attempts at goal, the final whistle was blown. Unfortunately we ended up losing the game and missing out on points.
We have a week now to prepare for a game at home against TS Galaxy who are in their own fight to remain in the Top 8 for the season.
Tomorrow afternoon we face the Team of Choice at the Harry Gwala Stadium in our mid week fixture of the DStv Premiership. The game is set to kick off at 15h00.
Preparations since our last game have been going well, with focus being on how to counter the unpredictability of the Pietermaritzburg based side. The technical team have also been working closely with the players mental preparedness to try and ensure that the pressures of the last games of the season do not affect performance on the pitch.
We have the potential to collect a maximum of 12 points before we wrap up the 2020/21 campaign and it is a target that we would like to achieve.
Maritzburg United have produced a mixed bag of results this season. This is evident in their last 5 game results where they have won just 1 game, drawn 2 and lost 2. The team has been fighting to stay clear of the relegation zone and have produced some surprising results in their campaign.
They will be wanting to collect full points at home, and this is where their unpredictability can work for them.
The game will be televised on the SS PSL Channel (202) and we will be posting live coverage on our social media channels.
A goal late in the first half secured a win against us for AmaZulu in the Durban Derby this afternoon.
The game delivered on the excitement that was expected from both teams from the initial kick off, and fans should not have been disappointed with the caliber of game.
The fist half was an equal footed affair with teams cancelling out each others attacks and keeping pressure on each other in the final third. It looked as if we would head into the break with no score on the board however a goal in the 2nd minute of optional time from Memela saw Usuthu heading to the changeroom with a one goal lead.
Returning to the park, we made 2 changes, and the introduction of Makhubela and Mtshali injected some much needed fire into our game.
We kept pressure on the AmaZulu goals for the entire half and looked determined to score. Unfortunately decisions on the field did not go our way and no matter what we tried, we were not able to break the defense nor find the back of the net.
The team will need to regroup and get their heads into the next game against Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium on the 12th May.
An early threat on goal from the home side in the 4th minute looked like we were in for a tough match against Mamelodi Sundowns tonight and the 90 minutes of play were just that.
The first half was one that was played with blistering pace from both sides as we looked to play each other out of position and create spaces.
We looked posed to take the lead just before the break as a through ball from Gumede saw Mutizwa with a chance. He was well marked however and did not have space to get power behind the ball and played a shot direct to Onyango.
The second half saw Sundowns once again threaten early in the half. Sibisi and Zuke did well to handle the pressure however and frustrated the home sides attacking players.
We did create some chances but could just not get a decent finishing touch on the ball.
All in all it was a well executed outing from the entire team tonight, and just the 1 point on the road but another to add to the basket as we continue to fight for a great finish to the season.
We will return home and have some serious preparation ahead of the weekends game against AmaZulu FC on Saturday afternoon.
We were held to a goalless draw this afternoon at Nelson Mandela Bay by a determined Chippa United.
The home side, who have been making a late fight to clear themselves from the relegation zone did well to cancel and counter our attacking plays this afternoon.
The match essentially belonged to the keepers this afternoon with both Mlungwana and Watenga making some beautiful saves to respectively keep a clean sheet in the outing.
Once again we created numerous opportunities but were unable to find the back of the net. There are a lot of positives to take from the game though and we need to build on those and convert them to points.
This was not the result that we were hoping for however it keeps us afloat in our objectives for the season.
We have a tough week ahead of us and the staff and players need to remain positive and focused as we first face Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday night and then return home for a home game against AmaZulu FC on Saturday.
The team travel to Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium tomorrow to face Chippa United in the DStv Premiership. Kick off will be 15h00.
The teams coaching staff have used the time between Wednesdays encounter, that saw the boys come away with 3 points against SuperSport United, and today to work on instilling a level state of mind in the players.
The team have worked well thus far and need to go into the enconter level headed and focused on the days outcome rather than log position right now. Objectives have been set and those in the match day squad are aware of what will be expected from them.
The Chilli Boys could also feel like they have some wind behind their sails with the appointment of Vladislav Heric as a technical advisor. His arrival could ignite a renewed fight in them and we need to be full aware of the danger they could impose.
The game is not televised, but all of the action can be followed as we post on our social media channels during the 90 minutes.
All eyes will be on Lucas Moripe Stadium as we take on SuperSport United in our midweek DStv Premiership game tomorrow afternoon
This will be an important outing for both teams as we head into the final stages of the competition. We will be wanting to collect full points on the road and will come up against a determined home side who have not collected full points in their last five games.
The team is confident ahead of the game, but are not counting on an easy 90 minutes of play. The objective for the game is points and that is what will be important come the end of the game.
The coaching staff have used the 10 days break to work on a number of areas where they felt we needed to make a marked improvement and will be hoping to bear the fruits of their labour on Wednesday night.
The game will be televised on SuperSport Variety and as always we will also be updating you on the play during the course of the game via our social media channels.
A goal from Knox Mutizwa secured a draw for us in today’s DSTv Premiership after being a goal down at the break.
While we were looking to secure a home win before heading off to three away games for the remainder of the month, this was not to be the case in an exciting and well played encounter with Siwelele.
The first half saw us create chances but not capitalise on them and we paid the price in the 34th minute as Mahashe slipped the ball in behind Mlungwana off a well weighted corner kick.
While we fought to equalise before the break, we were just unable to direct the final touches on target to get the break through. In the last minute of the half Mutizwa was unlucky to have a header attempt find the cross bar.
Coming back onto the field, the team looked a bit more motivated and composed than in the first half.Once again, we did well to get behind the defence but yet again, just lacked the finishing to make it count.
Celtic fought hard to extend their lead and had a number of opportunities themselves. Neither team seemed to have luck on their side today.
The determination paid off in the 72nd minute for us when Mutizwa headed in a ball that had come off the cross bar.
Shared spoils and not the full 3 points we wanted however we will need to consolidate and prepare as we head on the road and play SuperSport United on the 21st at Lucas Moripe Stadium.
We take on Bloemfontein Celtic at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on Sunday in our weekend DSTv Premiership fixture. Kick off will be at 15h00, with the game being televised on SuperSport’s PSL channel.
Each month, the techinical team and players set a target amount of points to accumulate from the allotted games. In April, the target set was 10 points, and after our last outing we have achieved just 1 of those.
With only 9 games remaining until the end of the season, 4 of which are in April alone, Sundays result is very important in helping reach that target. It is the only home advantage we have ahead of a tough 3 games away and a must win for us.
Siwelele will not be taking the fixture lightly either, as points added to their seasons haul thus far will keep them in contention for a Top 8 finish come the end of May.
We will be in for an exciting and entertaining game and as usual will be keeping you up to date with the live plays and score over our social media channels.
Swallows FC equalised in the last minute of extra time this afternoon to deny us a win and full points at Dobsonville Stadium.
It was a game that saw us fight in the first half to stop a barrage of attack from the home side and manage to head into the break with no goals against us.
The boys committed to each and every defensive play in the half, literally putting their bodies on the line as we fought to keep the Birds from netting in the first stanza.
We on the other hand, did not create as many chances as we wanted and this was one of Coach Ncikazi’s points at the break.
We came back with a better fight in the second half, and the commitment showed in our play. A tactical change was made with Mtshali replacing Sibiya, bringing some fluidity to our game.
We started creating better opportunities and we eventually made a breakthrough in the 71st minute as Mutizwa crossed for Mmodi, who missed his shot. Parusnath, backing up the play at the near post, managed to connect and play in behind Vries for the lead.
While we did well to defend against a shaken Swallows for the remainder of the official time, they fought back and managed to score in the last minute of extra time off the boot of Mere.
It’s only a point in our target of 10 from the 5 games this month, but an important one never the less.
We will return home to prepare for a game at Sugar Ray Stadium against Bloemfontein Celtic on the 11th April.
We start our months campaign off with a game against Swallows FC at Dobsonville Stadium tomorrow afternoon. The game is set to kick off at 15h00.
This is going to be an important game for both sides as we start heading into the final stages of the seasons competition. Three points from the encounter will bolster either teams campaign and come game time, both sides will have that in mind.
This will be an important start to the month, one in which we have 5 games in the DSTv Premiership competition, and a win away from home could be a positive one for the teams momentum.
We would maintain a point lead on 3rd and 4th place on the log and still hold a game in hand.
Swallows FC, having only played 19 games so far in their campaign will be well aware that full points could once again see them sitting in contention for 3rd or 4th place.
We will be in for an entertaining game on the afternoon. You will be able to catch the action live on the SuperSport PSL channel as well as being able to follow us on our social media channels for play by play action.
A goal a piece in the first half of the game saw us play to a draw against Cape Town City at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium this afternoon.
In what was an entertaining game, it was Cape Town City who opened the scoring in the 4th minute as Ajagun tapped in a loose ball after Mlungwana was unable to hold onto an initial save.
This fired the boys up and their determination to equalise quickly was evident in their play. We scored in almost the same fashion in the 12th minute. Our initial goal attempt was saved and then Ndwandwe being unmarked on the near post, tapped the ball past Leeuwenburgh to equalise.
The second half was uneventful as far as goals were concerned but both sides put great effort in to try and find the winner for their team.
We will have time to regroup and prepare for our next game which will only be on the 3rd of April as we travel to Dobsonville Stadium to take on Swallows FC
We return to the field on Saturday afternoon with a home game fixture against Cape town City in the DSTv Premiership. Kick off at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium will be at 15h00.
After a 10 day break in games after returning from Limpopo, tomorrows fixture will be an important one as we look to keep our momentum in the 2020/21 competition.
Collecting 3 points at home could keep us at a well fought for position on the table. We would be able to maintain a position in the top 3 and continue a fight to regarded as serious contenders in the seasons competition.
The team will have to maintain their focus on the pitch, and maintain the teamwork shown in their last encounters in order to come out on top come game time.
Cape Town City have also had a two week break and have reportedly been working on ironing out some of their issues that have been plaguing them.
They have not enjoyed the success that they have wanted so far and have slipped to 8th place on the log. A position that they will be fighting hard to improve on.
We should have an interesting game on hand and you can catch the action on the DSTv PSL channel.
Play by play action will also be shared on our social media channels so follow us there if you are unable to catch the game.
After the suspension of the DSTv Diski Challenge in January due to the second wave of Covid, sponsors DStv and the PSL Executive committee have reached an agreement to to replace the 2020/21 competition with a new competition.
After it was agreed to nullify the 2020/21 competition, and negotiations with sponsors DSTv it has been decided that a new competition will commence on the weekend of 3rd April 2021.
This will involve 2 stream of teams.
Stream 1 will be made up of Lamontville Golden Arrows, AmaZulu FC, Cape Town City, Chippa United, Maritzburg United, Stellenbosh FC, SuperSport United and TS Galaxy.
Stream 2 is to include Baroka C, Black Leopards, Bloemfontein Celtic, Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates, Swallows FC and Tshkhuma FC.
There will be 2 phases to the competition, phase 1 will be a group phase. This will include 1 round of games with the standard allocation of points for a win, draw and loss.
The top 2 teams after the 1st phase of the competition will proceed to a semi-finals knockout stage, with winners proceeding to a final.
Lamontville Golden Arrows welcomes the competition, and is grateful to the PSL and sponsors DSTv to the commitment to the beautiful game.
At present, fixtures for the competition are not available, but once they are, we will provide you, our fans with the details.
We secured another win on the road tonight as we faced off against Tshakhuma FC at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium.
In what was a disrupted first half as play was suspended due to lightning, we managed to take the lead in the 25th minute after Mutizwa headed in a cross from Makhubela.
We created a number of chances after that but could just not add to our lead before the break.
In the second stanza we once again took the game to the home side. Arubi kept them in the game with some well executed saves between the sticks. This helped them to keep their hopes alive as Ndengane scored in the 48th minute off a free kick.
We had to gather our composure and fight as Tshakhuma attacked with renewed vigor.
The spirit that the boys have shown all season so far kicked in and once again we attacked with intent. Sabelo was pulled down in the box on one of our plays and we were awarded a penalty.
Conco sealed it for us in the 86th minute, converting the penalty and ensuring the 3 points for the night.
We have a bit of a break between games now, but return for service at home on March 20th against Cape Town City.
Thank you for all of your support tonight. Your energy and cheering wherever you may have been carried the team tonight and we are all greatly appreciative for that.
Goals in the second half from Parusnath and Ndwandwe secured an away win and 3 points on the road against Black Leopards at Thohoyandou Stadium this afternoon.
With a tense first half that saw Leopards opening the scoring in the 4th minute as Hlongwane found the back of the net, and a fight back from the team to equalise just under 15 minutes before the break, it was the second stanza that determined the outcome of the game today.
Leopards made 3 substitutions at the break as they looked to break the deadlock by bringing on 3 additional midfielders and weakening their defense.
We took advantage of this, opening up the game more and feeding the ball wide on occasion to penetrate the defense to create scoring opportunities.
While we managed on a number of occasions to play into range, we could just not find the final touches to capitalise on the chances created.
Our breakthrough came in the 78th minute. Parusnath starting and finishing the play as he played up the middle, played wide to Mutizwa who delivered the ball to Conco on the far post. The brilliant finish saw Parusnath run back onto the played back ball and put it past Ndlovu for our second goal.
In the last minute of extra time, we sealed the win as Ndwandwe scored off an assist from Sabelo.
A positive start to our 2 game on their road trip.
The team will be back in action on Wednesday March 10th as they take on Tshakhuma FC at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium.
We head to Thohoyandou Stadium tomorrow afternoon as we face off with Black Leopards in our return game for the 2020/21 season. Kick off will be at 15h30.
The team and technical team have been preparing for their Limpopo commitments this month and get on the road with Sundays game. A target number of points have been set and there is a positive feeling that the task at hand is more than possible.
After losing the first leg game to Leopards, we will be looking for redemption while aiming at bolstering our position on the log.
Black Leopards, looking to complete a double on home ground will be a challange, and one that we will be expecting. Adding to this is the fact that they are fighting for every point they can at present.
The game will not be televised. We will however be keeping you up to date on the progression over our social media channels, so follow us on your favourite platform.
We were held to a goalless draw tonight at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium against Baroka FC.
The game was an uneventful one and we did not create the number of scoring opportunities we wanted to. Baroka came to the stadium with a clear plan to unsettle our normal play and this was evident in how they closed down our attack.
The second half was not as disciplined as the first. The frustration from both sides evident in the play.
Once again, both teams played well until the crucial final touches, ending up in missed opportunities to score.
We head off to Limpopo this weekend where we take on Black Leopards in the first of two games on the road. the game will be played on Sunday at 15h30.
We take on Baroka FC at home tomorrow night in our mid week DSTv Premiership commitment. The game kicks off at 17h00, and will be televised on SuperSport PSL channel.
The boys will be looking to get back on track after suffering our first home defeat in the league last week against leopards. Tomorrows game will be a start to an important month where we could collect a decent amount of points both at home and on the road.
A home win would do well as far as log position is concerned as well, and could potentially see us climb a position or two.
While Baroka have not had the results they have been wanting lately, they have just come off a win at home and will be wanting to keep a positive momentum.
We will be posting our play-by-play on our social media channels. So, if you are not able to watch the game, follow us and keep up to date.
We suffered a home defeat against Black Leopards at home tonight. Once again, a goal is extra time was our demise after fighting back to equalise in the second half.
The game did not start well for us after losing Nkosinathi Sibisi to a head injury in the 3rd minute of play. This seemed to have a definite affect on the players who could just not find any rhythm to their game in the first 45 minutes. We allowed Leopards to come up on attack too often and they managed to score in the 33rd minute through Anas.
We managed to contain the score until the break and then returned to play looking completely different. We attacked better in the second stanza, looking more structured and determined in our play. The introduction of fresh legs by bringing Sibiya and Mtshali into play was a great decision for us and we ended up controlling play better.
This saw us score an equaliser in the 68th as Michael Gumede tapped in a squared ball from Mutizwa.
We looked confident and were looking like we could take the game, but then Mmodi was red carded and the game swung again. We were forced to play more defensively, looking to hang onto a point for a draw.
5 minutes of additional time was added and Leopards used it to their advantage. they played up on attack and kept pressure on us in the final third. Once again Anas struck with just a minute to play and secured the win for the visitors.
A tough day on the field for the boys.
We will regroup and look ahead to our next game against Baroka FC at home next Wednesday, March 03.
We return to the field tomorrow night as we take on Black Leopards in a home DSTv Premiership game. The game will kick off at 17h00.
The team remains positive and in a fighting spirit ahead of tomorrow nights game against Lidoda Duvha. Having a positive record at home so far this season, the boys are looking to keep their momentum going as we get into the second half of the League competition.
They are well aware that a wounded team can be a dangerous one, and have been preparing for the visitors to throw all they have into the 90 minutes to secure some much needed points for the season.
Unfortunately, the games are still not open to spectators, however live broadcast of the game will be televised on the SuperSport PSL channel.
You will also be able to follow all of the action on our social media channels.
We came away with maximum points in our encounter against Stellenbosch FC tonight.
The side started the game looking positive and determined to score today and this came true on the 15th minute as Pule Mmodi found the back of the net to open our account.
We dominated play in the first half but missed a number of chances to extend the lead through attempts from Mutizwa, Parusnath and a second from Mmodi.
At the break, this sentiment was extended to the team by Coach Ncikazi, inviting the players to make better use of the chances created.
In the second stanza, some positional changes by Stellenbosch FC saw them play back into the game a bit ,chasing a two goal lead after M.Gumede scored in the 55th minute.
They managed to close the gap in the 62nd minute off a goal from Mendieta and threatened our defense a couple of times.
We sealed the game in the 77th minute, M.Gumede getting his brace off a mistake from the Stellies defense.
The boys pulled together from this point and once again dominated play while retaining the lead until full time.
We return home and prepare for our home game against Black Leopards on the 23rd February.
We travel to Stellenbosch to take on 12th placed Stellenbosch FC in our DSTv Premiership game tomorrow night.
After not getting the result we wanted in our Nedbank Cup game, the team has pulled together and channeled their energy on the seasons goals for the DSTv Premiership.
We are well placed presently on the log and need to accumulate as many points as possible now to ensure we can maintain and grow.
The boys are working well as a unit and every player is keen to step up and do their part should they be called on.
Stellenbosch, in a position on the log that they would want to get out of, will surely be a tough contender at home.
The club would like to thank you for all messages of support sent before, during and after the games. This is encouraging to the team as we continue our journey this season.
We will be giving you play by play coverage of the game, so if you are not yet following us on social media, please do so so that you will not miss any of the action.
Our Nedbank Cup game went to penalties to decide a winner at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium tonight.
After the initial 90 minutes of play, the score was 1-1 after Majoro cancelled out Micheal Gumede’s first half goal in the second minute of referee’s additional time.
This put the game into extra time.
After the two additional halves of 15 minutes, neither side was able to gain an upper hand in the score forcing the game to penalties to decide an outcome.
While Sibisi, Sabelo, Lung and Sibiya converted, it was Phiri on our fourth attempt who fired fractionally high, finding the bar.
AmaZulu managed to convert all of their attempts, winning the match off Memela’s last penalty attempt.
The game in general delivered all that a Derby should and was entertaining from the first whistle to the last.
We will regroup and refocus on the DSTv Premiership this week as we have a game on Friday night against Stellenbosch FC.
We take on Amazulu FC in the last-32 of the Nedbank Cup tomorrow afternoon at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium. Kick off will be at 17h00.
It will be an interesting encounter and the second between the sides for the season.
We are expecting a different side to the one we met at Johnsson Kings Park Stadium. Under the guidance of Benni McCarty since then, they have performed well and proved to be a formidable team to beat.
We are confident that our fitness, and the transition game we are playing at the moment will be two factors that could keep our opponents at bay come game time.
With this in mind, both teams will be wanting to progress to the next stage of the knock out competition and we will need to expect the unexpected from Usuthu.
The game will no doubt deliver on all of the expectations of a Durban Derby, so be sure to catch the action live on the SuperSport PSL channel.
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A goal in each half of the game from Mmodi secured a win for us over Orlando Pirates tonight at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.
Pirates looked to instill some pressure in the opening minutes, attacking into our final third and putting some pressure on Mlungwana but we countered their game plan and in the 5th minute had Ofori under pressure between his sticks.
The sides went head to head from there on with Mlungwana doing well to deal with pressure and making a save from an attempt from Hotto.
Quick thinking just before the break saw us take an attacking throw where Lunga put Mmodi in a favourable position in the box. He took his chance and sent Ofori diving for the save, but the ball kept low and beat the keeper.
We went into the break with a well deserved lead.
The second half started with a double substitution from the visiting side as they looked to change formation and game plan to try and obtain an upper hand. They managed to retain better possession and keep us under more pressure than the first half.
In the 60th minute they had an opportunity to equalise after the ball was handled in the box, but the resulting attempt at conversion by Lorch was way over the mark.
We increased our deep passes and restarts which saw us get behind Pirates defence more. In one of these plays Mmodi once again found himself at the end of the ball and played another low shot to beat Ofori and scored his brace for the night.
While Pirates fought to pull something back before full time, they were unable to break a well disciplined defensive team tonight.
An outstanding effort from the squad and a deserved 3 points at home.
The boys will now start preparation for the Nedbank Cup Last 32 game on Saturday against AmaZulu FC at home.
It was a fast paced game this afternoon at Sugar Ray Xulu stadium where we walked away victorious against Maritzburg United.
Neither team took their foot off the gas in a very competitive game that saw the scoreline change between the halves.
In the first half of the game, Maritzburg played the better attacking game and were unlucky not to take an early lead with Claasen missing an opportunity in the 8th minute.
They set some dominance and had us on the back foot with Moseamedi proving to be a danger man with two attempts at goal.
Their break through came in the 35th minute as Moseamedi squared the ball in front of the goal, allowing Kutumela a clear shot and securing the lead going into the break.
In the second stanza we returned to the field fighting. We looked to put pressure on the visitors from the kick off and carried this game plan out well.
Mtshali equalised for us off some persistent pressure in the 55th minute and then we took the lead with similar play in the 68th as Mutizwa found the back of the net.
The remainder of the game was a full out battle. Both teams created opportunities, Maritzburg were once again unlucky not to equalise as a header hit the cross bar and we could have extended the lead from a number of plays created.
A deserved win at home for the team and a positive one as we prepare for Orlando Pirates at home on Tuesday, 2nd February.
We return to our home ground to face Maritzburg United in the DSTv Premiership on Saturday evening. Kick off for the Derby will be 17h00, with the game being televised on the SS PSL channel.
After our game against Cape Town City, the side returned to Durban and began preparation for tomorrows Derby game against Maritzburg United. A collective decision was made to put the weekends game behind us, focus on the positives from the game and build on that in the preparation against our provincials neighbours.
The team aims at keeping a good home record and have been concentrating on righting some defensive errors as well as looking at new plays to capitalise on the attacking strategies come game time.
A win at home will be good for our log standings, but we are also aware of the game hype that comes when facing Maritzburg United
This Derby temperament will be heightened by the fact that Maritzburg are hungry to fight their way up the bottom of the log, and a win could see them jump 3 places.
We will be keeping our loyal fans up to date on social media during game time, or, if you’re able to catch the game on SuperSport, tune into the PSL channel for all of the action.
We lost our first game of the season this afternoon in a 6 goal sizzler against Cape Town City.
In the opening exchanges of the game, City looked to set some dominance, with Mokeke taking a shot that Mlungwana tipped over the bar. The home side managed to keep possession of the ball well, not allowing us time to set any pattern in the game and then opened the scoring in the 14th minute with Martin’s grass cutter from the near side.
We were not disheartened and fought back for the equaliser. Mutizwa hung the ball up from a free kick, Mathiane headed it down in the box and Ndwandwe connected well to see us go into the break at a goal a piece.
Returning after the break, we managed to take the lead as Mutizwa converted a penalty after Fieles commited a foul in the box.
The City side were determined though and managed to get behind the defence often. Fieles redeemed himself with a header in the 62nd minute to equalise.
It was goals from Mdantsane and then Lakay that sealed the game and put an end to our 11 game unbeaten streak.
The squad will return to Durban and begin preparation for our Derby game against Maritzburg United on Saturday next weekend.
The squad travel to the Mother City to take on Cape Town City in tomorrows DSTv Premiership game . Kick off is scheduled for 15h30.
Our mid week game against Orlando Pirates has once again been a positive for the team as we continue to show determination and drive on the field. Although Coach Ncikazi is happy with the results, he still feels there is room for improvement and with confidence levels at a good place, this is the time for the team to take more chances when in front of goals.
With a game in hand, we sit level with Cape Town City on 19 points on the log and tomorrows encounter will be an important one for the home side.
Cape Town City have had a mixed bag of results over their last few games but are not a side to take lightly in the competition.
The coaching staff will be looking for the boys to keep level headed, focused on the games objective and to come away with a win from the encounter.
The game will be televised on SuperSport and you can follow us on our social media channels for live updates on the game.
We played to a goalless draw this afternoon against Orlando Pirates in Soweto. The score was a true reflection of the game with the sides sharing stats almost at 50/50 in all aspects.
The Buccaneers started the game at a blistering pace, looking to catch us on the back foot and were disallowed a goal from an offside position in the first minute.
It was the home side who had the second clear cut chance just 10 minutes before the half time break with a header from Lorch coming off the upright from a well placed Sam cross.
Coming back after the break, we managed to change up our game plan and looked more dangerous on the ball creating better opportunities but just not being able to find defining final touches.
We increased pressure in the final 20 minutes of the game and got behind the Pirates defence better. A laid back pass saw Mmodi with an attempt from range which just failed to dip above Ofori.
A great game on the road from the squad and another positive to build from as we head to Cape town to face Cape Town city on Sunday.
We are looking to rock the Buccaneer’s boat tomorrow night at Orlando Stadium as we take them on in the DSTv Premiership.
Coming off a home win, the squad will be travelling to Soweto with some confidence behind them ahead of a tough encounter.
While we have managed to do well so far in the season, there is room for improvement on our finishing in the final third and tomorrows game is one in which we will need to follow through on that in order to come away with a full tally of points.
There is just a point between us and Orlando Pirates on the log table, making the game even more important to either side to win,
The game will be televised on SuperSport’s PSL channel only, but we will provide a play by play encounter of the game on our social media platforms for you to follow should you not be able to catch the game live.
A goal in the 18th minute was enough to ensure full points against Tshakhuma this afternoon.
Ndwandwe, playing in his 50th game for the club, struck and found the back of the net after a well positioned cross from Mmodi.
Tshakhuma were reduced to 10 men in the 30th minute after Malongoane executed a dangerous tackle on Mmodi.
This did not dampen the visitors determination who were unlucky not to equalise in the 36th minute off a corner.
The second half of the game was an exciting display of football. We did well to get behind the defence but each time were just unable to finish off and extend our lead.
Tshakhuma did well to fight back and in the last 10 minutes of the game had a couple of missed opportunities to equalise.
A great game today, and congratulations to the team who showed determination in securing a all 3 points.
Our next game is on Wednesday 20 January, against the Buccaneers (Orlando Pirates) at the Orlando stadium
We head to Princess Magogo Stadium on Tomorrow afternoon to take on Tshakhuma FC in the DSTv Premiership. Kick off at 15:00.
The squad is feeling confident ahead of the clash after claiming a 1-0 win over Chippa United at Moses Mabhida Stadium a week ago, but are aware of the need for the battling TTM to gain some points.
Wanting to continue on their positive results, both the technical team and players are working to stay focussed and not become complacent come game time.
The game will be televised on SuperSports Variety 3 channel as well as SABC Sport.
If you unable to catch the game, then follow us for play by play feed come game time.
We continued with our good home form and claimed three points from this afternoons DSTv Premiership clash against Chippa United at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
It was a tough game though, and one that could have gone either way against a very determined Chippa United.
From the first whistle it was fast paced, with few periods of play where either team holding back
Chippa were unluckly to not have opened the scoring in the first half after playing behind the defence and then putting their effort wide of target.
We had a number of chances in the first half as well, but none on target enough to rattle the Chippa keeper.
After the break, both teams continued with their determination. We were able to push up a number of times and keep the visitors under pressure in the final third.
This paid off for us in the 73rd minute after Mtshali tapped the ball in after a scramble in the box.
The visitors kept pushing until the final minute to try and equalise but were unable to do so.
We will prepare this week for our game against TTM at home next Saturday 16 January.
We host Chippa United at Moses Mabhida Stadium in our weekend DSTv Premiership fixture. The game gets underway at 15h30.
After a disappointing postponement to our midweek fixture against Black Leopards due to heavy rain, the boys are aiming to continue our positive home game point haul against Chippa United.
Although a set back, the squad have bounced back to a positive mind set in their preparation against the Chilli Boys. Both the technical staff and the players are intent on coming away with maximum points and maintain their seasons goal of a top 5 finish.
Chippa are coming off a well fought for home draw against SuperSport United. They fought back and clinched an equaliser just 3 minutes before stoppage time on Wednesday night.
They seem to have found some motivation under the guidance of Dan Malesela and are making a fight from the lower ranks of the log.
Unfortunately the game will not be televised but our normal play-by-play of the action will be available on lur social media channels.
We kick off the New Year with a home game against Black Leopards tomorrow night at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium. Kick off will be at 17h00 to allow for Covid restrictions to be upheld.
The team has performed well to date, not having lost a game, and are looking to collect full points against the visitors tomorrow night. Coach Ncikazi and his technical team have been working hard to ensure that the consistent form of the team comes through in the game with a positive result come full time.
In the last 5 matches, the squad has managed to secure 7 points, 3 of them against AmaZulu away while collecting a point for draws against Mamelodi Sundowns, Swallows FC, TS Galaxy and Kaizer Chiefs.
Lidoda Duvha have had a mixed bag of results over their last 5 games. They lost 2-1 at home in their last outing against Swallows FC, drew against TTM and Kaizer Chiefs, lost 1-0 to Bloem Celtic and collected full points against Maritzburg United at home in November.
They are a team who can produce some great play and unsettle any team on the day. Although they are battling to find points, they often open the scoring in their games in the first quarter of the game. They have confident players up front in Anas and Karuru and are able to cause upsets on the right day.
The game will be televised on SuperSport Variety 3 (Channel 208) and we will also be keeping you informed on the games proceedings. So follow us on your preferred social media channel should you not be able to watch the game.
We shared the spoils once again this afternoon against Mamelodi Sundowns and retained our unbeaten record so far for the season.
We enjoyed a strong midfield game and dominated the opposition. This allowed us to create a number of attacking plays from different angles on the field.
This created problems for the visting side. Sundowns however opened the scoring as Mvala headed in off a corner in the 17th minute.
We replied just 5 minutes later with a well executed play that saw an opportunity created for M.Gumede. He went low and headed in for the equaliser.
The second half saw action from both sides but neither us nor Sundowns were able to find the back of the set a second time.
We have a short festive period break now and return to the field on the 5th of January as we play Black Leopards at home in our first game of 2021.
We finish off the 2020 half of the current season with a home game against Mamelodi Sundowns tomorrow at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium. Kick off at 15h30.
The squad will be heading to the field feeling confident after the midweek win over AmaZulu, but are fully aware of the task they have at hand, and that will be to beat the log leaders. Coach Mandla Ncikazi is serving up some great play through the team and is sure to have his strategy worked out for Saturday ‘s clash.
Masandawana come off a 2-0 win over TS Galaxy and also remain unbeaten so far in the 2020/21 season. They have won five of their encounters and drawn two to date and will be looking to continue their stride before heading into the festive break.
We will be looking to remain a formidable force to beat on home turf on Saturday.
The match will be televised on the PSL channel (202) as well as on SABC1 and action will be reported on during the course of the game over our social media channels.
A well deserved win and three points tonight at Jonsson Kings Park Stadium as we beat AmaZulu by 2 goals to nil in the Durban Derby.
In what seemed to be a calculated beginning to the game from both sides, the teams seemed to be more interested in retaining possession and trying to figure out the opposing teams game plan in the first 45.
The battle on the park was concentrated in the midfield with a few trips to the final third from both sides. We seemed to have the upper hand though and dominated on shots on target as well as possession.
The boys did well to penetrate the defense and play into promising positions on the park. The home teams frustrations started to show before the end of the first half and we capitalised on that.
Just after extra time was announced Amazulu conceded a penalty for a hand ball in the box, Sibiya took to the mark and made no mistake to give us the lead heading into the break.
Coming back in the second half, pressure was maintained on the home side from the whistle. We managed to keep Usuthu on the backfoot and played behind their defense a number of times.
A number of great positional plays from Sibiya, Mmodi and Ndwandwe kept the pressure on the home side and payed off in the 50th minute as Sibiya played Ndwandwe into position. The youngster took a tight angle shot, beating Mothwa and extending the lead for us.
The tempo of the game changed and became more physical. Our defense did well and put their bodies on the line to ensure a clean sheet against our opposition.
A positive result tonight and a good foundation ahead of the weekends game against Mamelodi Sundowns.
Tomorrow night We face AmaZulu FC at the Jonsson Kings Park Stadium in a Reconciliation Day Durban Derby showdown. Game kicks off at 17h30.
The team have put in a lot of hard work and determination in the last week and a half in preparation for the game. While confidence is high with not having lost a game so far in the season, the coaching staff and players are all aware of the extra pressure in a Derby game and have prepared accordingly.
Last week at practice, captain Matome Mathaine said ‘We are building up to Wednesdays game. After our draw against Swallows, practice is about recovery and working on issues, but as we get closer to the game, we intensify all aspects of our prep. We are united as a squad in our objectives of a win on the 16th’
Usuthu always bring their ‘A’ game when we meet and tomrrow will be no different. They have 6 points from 6 games and a home win for them would go a far way in bettering their 11th position on the log.
The game will be televised on SuperSport chanel 202 and we will also keep you covered on the game over social media.
We had to settle for a point this afternoon at home against Swallows FC in the DStv Permiership
Both sides played a hard and fast game, not wanting to let up and give the upper hand from the first whistle.
We allowed Swallows into the game in the twentieth minute after a mix up at the back. Mbokoma was well placed to take advantage of the mishap and easily scored for the visting side after Mlungwana lost his footing trying to make the save.
The sides battled it out and equaled each other play for play in a physical game. We managed to equalise just 11 minutes later after being awarded a free kick just outside of the Swallows box.
Sibiya took the set piece and curled it beautifully around the wall, catching Vries who hardly moved off his spot on the line.
The second half was uneventful as far as goals were concerned. Both sides gave their all but were not able to convert the chances created.
We prepare now for our Derby game against AmaZulu at Jonsson Kings Park Stadium on the 16th December at 17h30.
We host Swallows FC at Sugar Ray Xulu Satdium tomorrow afternoon in what will be a very exciting match to follow up on. The DStv Premiership game kicks off at 15h30 in Clermont.
Both sides are unbeaten after five games so far this season and will be eager to continue this streak come the end of the game. We have performed well but have not collected as many full point results as we have liked.
That being said, the team has managed to show determination on the pitch and have been preparing for a tough encounter against the recently promoted Swallows team. The team have been running some high intensity drills during the week, and Coach Ncikazi believes that taking the right opportunities created through these could give us a positive result.
Swallows will be arriving with elevated confidence after their 1-0 win over Kaizer Chiefs at the end of November at Dobsonville Stadium. They are looking to prove a point that they are back to stay in the top league.
The game will not be televised, but follow our play by play commentary on our social media platforms over the course of the game.
We played to another draw in the DSTv Premiership this afternoon against TS Galaxy at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.
With TS Galaxy setting an early dominance in the game, it was another tough day at the office for our defenders. Sibisi did well in the 8th minute to clear the ball off the line as Shozi had an attempt on goals.
We then were given an opportunity to work some magic off a free kick in a favourable position. Mutizwa made a clean delivery to the box, but Msimango managed to clear the ball before it could reach Ndwandwe who was waiting to receive.
The remainder of the half was all about our defending and once again Mlungwana did well between the posts for us. The young shot stopper kept us in the game well with his hard work.
After the break we once again missed the opportunty to take the lead as Shitolo found the woodwork off another well placed free kick from Mutizwa.
The stalemate was broken in the 72nd minute as Mmodi took advantage of an error at the back from Modisane, putting the ball past the keeper and putting us in the lead.
the intensity on the park grew after that with TS Galaxy fighting hard to score the equaliser while we tried all we could to kill the game and hold on for a win.
At the death Mogaila managed to equal matters and sure a draw for his side.
We return to Durban where we will prepare for a home game against Moroka Swallows at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on the 5th December.
We played to an action packed draw with Kaizer Chiefs this afternoon at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.
The first 45 saw no action as far as goals were concerned but it did not lack entertaining play from the boys as they took the game to Chiefs from the first whistle. The attacking play was solid and the determination to score was clear. We had a number of decent plays up the wing, with Conco doing well to get behind the defense and feeding the balls into the box, but we just lacked in the finishing and could not break the final line of the Amakhozi defense. Our best chance came from a Gumede attempt in the 10th minute which went over the bar.
Chiefs had a number of chances to score too, Castro missed a header as it hit the woodwork and then pushed in the final minute of the first half but were denied by a great save from Mlungwana. This saw the teams going to the break with no goals on the scoreboard.
The second half was completely different! We did not seem to have as much of the ball as these did in the first half an had to use our possession well. We were awarded a penalty in the 49th minute after Nkombelo was taken down in the box by Manyama. Conco made no mistake in his conversion and so began the goal scoring for the half.
Billiat and Castro started putting more pressure on the defense and managed to get behind the line a couple of times.
Castro managed a brace for his efforts, scoring witha header in the 58th minute and then finding the back of the net again the 65th, giving the visitors the lead.
We showed great determination and never gave up. Although we did not enjoy the possession we would have liked, we made good decisions when we had the ball on boot. In the 70th minute Sibiya, who had come onto the park just minutes before, curled a great ball in past Khune to equalise.
A great effort from the entire team today, there was not one player who did not give their all.
We go at it again, next week Saturday 28 November when we take on TS Galaxy at Mbombela Stadium at 15:30
We take to the field again tomorrow afternoon as we face Kaizer Chiefs in our second home game of the season. Kick off is scheduled for 15h30.
The team is confident ahead of the game, having done well in the first three games of the season, but are very aware of Kaizer Chiefs desire to turn their results around. Skipper, Matome Mathiane is determined that this will not be against us on Saturday. “We are well aware that they have not won in a while and that they will be coming at us, it won’t be an easy game. They are still a big team, and we will give them the respect they deserve. But going to play Chiefs, we know that they will want to bounce back to winning ways at our expense. That’s something we don’t want, a team that has not been winning to get back to winning ways against us. So we are well prepared to play against them.”
There is no complacency going into this game, with the whole squad being aware of the wounded Chiefs side.
The game will be televised, and we will as always be sending out play by play updates over our social media channels if you are unable to watch.
A late goal in extra time from Velemseni Ndwandwe ensured a point away from home for us against Baroka FC.
In what was a very tight game from the first whistle, we battled it out until the dying minutes at Peter Mokaba Stadium, eventually getting a decision that favoured us and managing to capitalise on it.
The team once again played a well structured game tonight. Our midfielders did well to secure the ball and this allowed some very expressive play to happen up field as Parusnath, Conco, Mmodi and Gumede pushed into the firing line. Unfortunately, no matter what we did, Chipezeze did well to deny us finishing any play.
We needed to dig deep to pull together and deal with the loss of a player after Lunga received his second yellow and marching orders in the 66th minute. This made it more difficult for us to find an equaliser to Baroka’s 48th minute goal by Masiya.
The team showed some amazing character and never gave up. We were awarded a free kick in the last minute of extra time and it was Mutizwa, playing off the bench, that delivered a well weighter cross to the box where Ndwandwe connected to equal the scores and ensure a point from the game.
We will have a couple of weeks break now and return to the field on the 21st November as we take on Kaizer Chiefs at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.
Were back at it again tomorrow night as we take on Baroka FC at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium in our third game of the DSTV Premiership . Which Kicks off at 19h30.
Coming off a 3-1 win against SuperSport United at home last week, the team are in a positive space heading into the game. In our first two games of the season, the team has performed well both on attack and defense and we are looking to take this game play to the host team. The techincal team is happy with how the game plans are being carried out, with each player on the field contributing what is needed to create scoring opportunities.
Baroka will be a tough contender at home as always. They have retained full points from their season openers against Maritzburg United and Black Leopards, and have made it clear that they intend scoring goals this season.
The game is not televised, but once again we will be keeping you up to date with a play-by-play feed on our social platforms.
We secured a win in our first home game of the season as we beat SuperSport United 3-1 at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium tonight.
Sifiso Mlungwana made a brilliant save to a Grobler snap shot in the fifth minute after both sides got off to a fast paced start to the game. Both teams kept up an intense speed to their play until around the fifteenth minute when everyone seemed to settle on the ball. After the first half water break, we played with more composure and looked confident playing up to the box. The midfielders did well to turn over the ball and feed the likes of Mtshali, Makhubela and M.Gumede up front. Although a number fo opportunities were created, we were just unable to break the last line of defense.
This play led to us securing a number of corners, and it was off one of these that up stepped our captain Matome Mathiane, who scored a header from a corner. The goal gave us confidence going into the break with.
SuperSport were unable to get into the game in the second half. They seemed frustrated and this became evident in their play, allowing us to take charge and look for another scoring opportunity. In the sixty ninth minute after just coming onto the field, Ndwandwe doubled the lead with a low strike,
We paid for some poor discipline after that when Mokoena was able to pull one back off a free kick that deflected on the way into the back of the net.
Makhubela score a well deserved goal in the second minute of extra time to end the hopes of any comeback for the visitors.
A positive start for the side to build off as we prepare to take on Baroka FC next week.
Tomorrow night we host Supersport United at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium for our first home game of the 2020/21 DSTv Premiership.
After travelling to Bloemfontein and coming home with just a point from the trip, the boys are looking to take advantage of a home pitch and secure maximum points in the nights outing. Coach Ncikazi was happy with the performance of the team against Phunya Sele Sele but acknowledged that it was just one error that cost us the additional 2 points, and he will be aiming at reducing errors come game time tomorrow night.
Matsatsantsa on the other hand are coming off a comfortable home game win against Black Leopards on the weekend. Bradley Grobler secured a brace for his side.
The game kicks off at 19h30, and will not be televised, but we will be keeping you informed on the progress of the game over our social media platforms.
A goal in the 59th minute from Sepana Letsoalo equalised the game this afternoon at Dr Molemela Stadium as we faced Bloemfontein Celtic in the first game of the DSTv Premiership.
We had a solid start to the game, and went on the attack from the first whistle, securing an attacking corner and letting the host team know we were there for a result. The pressure we applied, along with enterprising play from Shitolo, Parusnath, Makhubela and debutante Mmodi saw us getting to the strike zone, applying pressure on the Celtic defence.
This paid off for us in the 16th minute as Makhubela opened the scoring for the game after Shitolo won the ball in midfield, fed Mmodi who then layed the ball off to Makhubela who finished off the move by finding th back of the net.
Coming back from the break, Bloem Celtic upped their game plan and put us on the back foot a number of times. We managed to keep our planned formation and remained disciplined in our defence. It was an error at the back that allowed the attacking Celtic players through that we lost the lead.
A good fight for dominance took place in the last 15 minutes of the game with both sides trying hard to score but failing.
A point off the first game of the season and a lot to build on as we return home for our first home game of the season on Wednesday night against SuperSport United.
Abafana Bes’thende bid farewell to the following players
– Lerato Lamola: Lamola’s contract expired at the end of the season 2019/20 season and it was decided not to renew his contract. Lerato played a huge role at the club since joining us in 2016. We wish him nothing but the best for his future.
– Sibusiso Sibeko: A mutual agreement to part ways was decided between the player and club. Sibusiso’s contribution to the club, from development through to his 1st team commitments, will not be forgotten.
– Gladwin Shitolo: Shitolo was on loan from Orlando Pirates for the 2019/20 season and has retuned to his contracted club.
– Nkosingiphile Phewa: A mutual agreement to part ways was decided between the player and club.
Our last game of the 2019/2020 season again Chippa United ended with 1-0 loss at Orlando Stadium this afternoon.
The game was a physical one, with both sides not holding back as they looked to set domainance in the game.
We allowed a gap in defence in the 23rd minute and Kwem, who had been threatening in the Chippa plays, found himself with enough space to take an easy shot at target ehich beat the gloves on Mlungwana.
Although we fought back, created a number fo opportunities, we were just not able to find the touches needed in front of goals.
It was not the ending we wanted to the game, nor the season, but we live to fight again next season.
We would like to thank all of our support throughout the season, and can not wait to see our supporters as soon as it will be possible.
It was an intense battle for points tonight at Emirates Airline Park. Both Bloemfontein Celtics and us were wanting to secure maximum points from the outing but ended up settling for a point each after full time.
From the first minute of the game it was clear that both teams were going to try and determine the game plan and then counter that going forward. This ended up in a midfield battle with neither side backing down to allow each other space to attack.
We had a number of shots on target, with Parusnath having a good chance, but he was unable to get enough power into his shot to beat the keeper. Once again, Mlungwana did well between the sticks and had a couple of shot stoppers for us and kept us in the game.
One point keeps us in slim contention for a Top 8, but there are a number fo variables that will need to fall into place for this to happen.
The team will use the next couple of days to prepare for the season finale against Chippa United at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.
We continued our disappointing results in the bio bubble tonight with a loss to Cape Town City at Emirates Airline Park.
The first half saw The Citizens rotating their players well and making solid attacking plays into the final third from early on in the game. Defensively we battled to look solid, with Shitolo not being able to fall back from his midfield position quickly enough and leaving gaps in the defence. On top of this, Lunga seemed off form and this allowed Cape Town City’s Fargie Lakay to secure two early goals.
We battled to come back from these errors, and took a while to shake off the set back and start to look more composed on the ball.
We suffered an injury set back as well with Gumede coming off the field just before the break.
Coming into the second half we had to replace Siyabonga Dube with a back strain and Lunga came off. The two defenders were replaced with Conco and Sibiya, adding some fresh legs and attacking players to the game. This changed our tempo and we looked better on the ball. We created some good attacking chances which were countered well by the City defence. Morris then scored the third for The Citizens against the flow of play, our defence was left wide open and he slotted an easy goal for the visitors.
We pulled one back in the 74th minute when we were awarded a free kick just 10m from the box. Mutizwa curled the ball over the wall well into the bottom left corner.
Although we did well to command the possession in the second half we were just not able to score again. Parusnath has a great full laced shot on target which was saved, but apart from that there was nothing that threatened Cape Town City’s lead.
The cherry on the top for the visiting team was a penalty awarded in extra time, which was converted by Lakay for his hat trick.
A goal in the 90th minute by Sundowns replacement player Zwane secured them the win at Dobsonville Stadium.
After an impressive game that saw us go pound for pound against the Sundowns lads, it took a pair of fresh legs from the Sundowns bench to eventually break our defence and find the back of the net.
The lads played a solid game tonight, and each and every player put all that they had into the 90 minutes on the park. We played well on attack when we needed to and had some shots at goal but none gave us the break so so badly wanted.
Defensively, each man put his heart on his sleeve and we kept the Sundowns attack at bay for most of the game. They did have a couple of opportunities to score early, but the dedication shown from Mlungawana frustrated them as he made some very impressive saves once again.
It is another blow to our aims of finishing in the top 8 for the season, but the target is not yet unreachable for us.
We have the opportunity to pull back points in our last three games of the season, starting with Cape Town City on Saturday night.
We have a tough start to the week on Monday night with a game against, Mamelodi Sundowns at Dobsonville Stadium. It will be an evening kick off at 18h00.
We have had a tough three games so far in the BSE and have only secured 1 point out of a potential 9. This has thrown our fight for a Top 8 finish and we need ot get back on track in order to be able to secure enough points before the end of the season.
With Cape Town City, Highlands Park, Stellenbosch FC and ourselves all sitting with 33 points after 26 games, and Bloem Celtic just a point behind, it’s a five way fight for two spots in the top half of the log.
We will need to find some confidence against Sundowns and believe in ourselves to be able to take the win from them on the night.
Sundowns themselves have not had the results they may have been looking for. They have won 2 game, drawn 3 and lost one in their last 5 games and should they want to keep on the heels of Kaizer Chiefs for the title. They will be looking for full points tomorrow night as well.
The game will be televised, and a play by play available for you on our social media platforms.
Lets send some positive energy to the team building up to the game, send us messages on your preferred social network, and let the boys see that we are behind them.
We play our first home game at the Emirates Airline Park against Black Leopards. Scheduled kick off is at 13h30.
We will be looking to pick up 3 points from the encounter to add to the 1 point we have secured so far from our BSE games.
While our last games have seen us look structured and disciplined, we have failed to convert the opportunities created. The objective in tomorrows encounter will be to capitalize on those and continue our fight for a Top 8 finish.
Black Leopards will not be taking the fixture lightly. The side are fighting to stay in top flight football and will be wanting to take any opportunity to secure points. They would have analysed our play as much as possible and looking to counter from the first whistle of the match.
The game will be televised on Supersport, however, if you are unable to watch we will be doing our normal play by play posting on our social media platforms.
Missed chances from both sides in the first half of the game today saw us play to a goalless draw against Bidvest Wits at the FNB Stadium this afternoon.
The game started off at quite a good pace, with Wits hunting for their first win after returning to the league games. They played the ball to us, and put us on the back foot while looking for space to create scoring chances.
We looked more composed than in our last outing and managed to keep a sound structure both defensively and offensively. This made Wits have to work that little bit harder, and allowed us to defend well against the determined Students.
They delivered some good balls to the box, and were denied off a header attempt from Macuphu that just went over Mlungwana gloves but hit the crossbar.
We were also denied by the woodwork as Gumede took a shot at target in the first half. This would be the only decent opportunity we had at scoring in the first 45.
The second half delivered more missed opportunities for both sides. And this would evntually play out till full time.
Not a full haul of points, but an important one for us in our quest for a Top 8 spot this season.
We turn our attention to our next game tomorrow afternoon at the FNB Stadium, when we take on Bidvest Wits. The scheduled kick off is 15h30.
After Saturdays game where we felt we outplayed Stellenbosch,but were unlucky to concede in the 49th minute and not come back from it. The team has analysed their play and have made points to improve on ahead of tomorrows game. With games coming quickly now, it was encouraging that there were no set backs with injury and this is a point that we would like to maintain as we look to achieve a Top 8 finish.
Bidvest Wits will be a formidable opponent as always and will be looking to secure a double header in the season against us. Their return to the field saw them draw against Orlando Pirates on Saturday, adding a point to their fight for at least a 3rd place finish to their season.
The game will be televised on SuperSport4, and as always we will be giving you coverage over our social media platforms. Although we can not play in front of you, the bus are playing for you our faithful supporters, so send messages of encouragement. They will be appreciated!
A single goal in the 49th minute of play was enough to give Stellenbosch FC a win against us this afternoon.
With both sides coming into the game after no competite play since the start of lockdown, the first half saw an equal battle playing out with neither side getting the upper hand. Both sides had shots at goal but nothing that Mlungwana or Langeveldt were not able to easily handle.
After the break, we started looking better on the ball and played with a bit more confidence but some enterprsing play from Skelem saw him unsettle our defence and manage to get a pass through to Du Preez who took his chance and opened the scoring for the home side.
After Ovidy Karuru was shown his marching orders for Stellenbosh in the 72nd minute, the Stellies boys fell back defensively and made little play out of their own half. Phiri made a good shot on target from range, but this was saved by Langeveldt and Mutizwa had a last minute chance to equalise with a header attempt, also saved by the keeper.
Not the result we were looking for today, but an opportunity to get some match fitness in ahead of Tuesdays game against Bidvest Wits at FNB Stadium.
Our return to the beautiful game after the implementation of the national lockdown happens on Saturday afternoon at 13h30 as we face Stellenbosch FC at Tuks Stadium.
The team has been preparing to continue the fight to retain a Top 8 position for the season, and are looking forward to returing to the field and giving all they have in the 90 minutes.
3 points will be the ultimate objective after sharing the spoils in our last two games played against Orlando Pirates and Highlands FC.
Stellenbosch, looking to lift themselves from 11th position on the log, will be wanting to break their 2 game points drought.
With both teams playing their first game in the BSE, and each not having match fitness, the playing field seems pretty equal.
The game will not be televised, however, we will be keeping you up to date with our play-by-play posts over social media.
A classic match where both teams played a similar kind of football. The match was two teams playing possession football looking to build from the back and would be pressed high, thus opt for route one and build from the midfield. The midfield play was also one where whichever team had the ball, they’d be pressed not to play. The team that regained possession would look to go out of the press via one touch and the least number of players. As they attempted to counter attack, they’d be counter pressed. The match officials had to stay in touch with a high pressing game and high physical exertion without recklessness.
We struggled playing against the wind in the first half but we created the better chances except once from a free kick, where Mlungwana was forced to save a free kick from Pule. We had a slight challenge from our right side where Mako and Memela gave us some headache but our right back and right midfielder sorted it out. We went to half time goalless and the match was very quick, technical and lots of tactical detail both in defense and attack.
We resumed the second but had a great boost and benefit from the wind. We played even better than first half and managed to play through in the midfield, played around the opponent and at times went over the opponent defense. We had a great chance when Phiri put Mutizwa through but the keeper pulled a save. Lamola had another chance like he did in the first half but fluffed it. The best chance of the game was when Parusnath broke through and went one on one with the keeper and was hacked by Nyawuza the defender. A penalty was supposed to have been awarded but the officials decided otherwise. The match ended 0:0. We called a point and made 32 pts at position seven.
Our next match is away in Cape Town to Stellenbosch in two weeks. Our fight to consolidate our top 8 position.
We held Orlando Pirates to to a goalless draw tonight at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.
Understanding the pressure that was to come from the game with Pirates still being within a chance of a title race was half of our battle tonight on the pitch. The team did well to carry our the game plan and went toe to toe with the Soweto outfit.
20 minutes in Mlungwana displayed some great skills, denying Pule and showing the visitors that it was all business tonight.
In the first 40, we created some chances, but final passes let us down as we looked to go into the break with points on the board.
The second half was as quick as the first. Once again Mlungwana pulled out all the stops, denying Pirates the lead, and shortly afterwards it was our chance to be frustrated as Mutizwa was denied by the defence of Jele.
The teams answered each other in all aspects of the game tonight.
We were dealt a blow as we were denied a clear a penalty in the dying minutes of the game as Parusnath was taken down in the box. The refereee waved play on and the game went down to the wire, with both sides pushing for a win.
A deserved point at the end of the day and one that will keep us on our aim of a top 8 finish.
A big shout out to our support at the stadium tonight. Your voices did not go unheard. We thank you for your ongoing and loyal support.
We have a lengthy break now until we face Stellenbosch FC at Cape Town Stadium on the 22nd March.
Its close to all systems go for our game against Orlando Pirates tomorrow night at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.
With kick off set for 18h00, it promises to be an entertaining game between the two sides. Of late, we have preformed well against the Sea Robbers, with only one goal scored in our last three ABSA Premiership encounters.
The coaching staff and players are well prepared for tomorrows game, and have been working on a comprehensive game plan to upset the Soweto team in front of our home crowd.
Again, it will be an important game for us as far as our season objectives are concerned. We are fighting for a top 8 spot in a very competitive log at the moment, and points are vital to obtain.
The Buccaneers are in a log battle too. They could still be in contention for a chase of the title, but a lot depends on securing a win against us.
With 9 points between them an log leaders Kaizer Chiefs, an all out battle can be expected in Clermont as they fight for the slightest chance at the title.
Get your ticket if you have not yet done so. They are available at TicketPro outlets. R40 for Adults, R15 kids U12.
The game will be televised on Supersport, but we encourage you to come watch the action live or follow us on our social media platforms for game updates.
We started the match on a positive note and open the score in the sixth minute when Lamola got to the end of Lunga to make it 1:0. This allowed us to play with less stress and commanded the space and the ball very well though we didn’t create as many chances due to the nature of how the opponent where structured. It was a very physical game and the opponent would always go direct after winning possession. Our defense had to stay switched on to avoid their strikers receiving the long ball. We did not have too many defensive challenges except the long direct balls and the long throw ins. There were too many fouls committed, worsened by rainy conditions as well but both sets of players coped very well. The first half ended 1:0 in our favor with no threat the opponent would overcome our game model.
We didn’t start the second well and we conceded throw ins and corners unnecessarily but survived that spell. We started playing our brand of football though not as fluid as usual. Our midfield lost too much possession and as a result we didn’t create too many chances as well Mathe opponent made a change and brought in Ramagalela and started applying more pressure. In the 64th minute, they got an equalizer from a crosss. A ball that seemed to have gone out of the field as the initial cross was played from their right wing, the ball went over to their left wing who crossed back as well, where the goal got scored by Ramagalela to level matters 1:1. Both teams had started the encounter equal on points and end the encounter equal on points again as both remain in positions seven and eight.
Our next march is against Orlando Pirates the next weekend.
A well played game from both sides today saw the points shared after playing to a 1-1 draw at home this afternoon.
It was a pressurized game for both sides who were looking for full points to bolster positions on the league table.
We started well, and made an early breakthrough as Lamola headed in a cross from Lunga. The boys looked to keep the pressure on Highlands Park and did well to keep pressing and looking for another goal to cement a lead.
Highlands Park were not allowing us any more opportunities and fought hard to try and equalize before the break. Mlungwana did well between the sticks for us once again, and we went into the break with the slightest upper hand.
Coming back, Highlands Park assessed play and decided to introduce Ramagalela to shake things up. This paid off for them as he equalised in the 64th minute.
The teams equaled each other play for play from here on and neither were able to get the upper hand and score.
We will need to prepare for our next game against Orlando Pirates as we look to secure position in the top 8 of the log.
Tomorrow afternoon we have a mid table clash as we play for vital points against Highlands Park at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.
Both team are sitting with 30 points on the log and will be wanting to secure 3 points in the game and solidify some standing on a very competitive season.
While Highlands Park have played one game more then us, it will put them under slightly more pressure to achieve a win. Should we manage to walk away victors, it would take us up a position on the log, equal in points with Maritzburg United.
Coming off two wins in the ABSA Premiership, the team is confident ahead of the fixture and have been preparing both mentally and on the field for what they know is a crucial match in their season.
The coaching staff are pleased with the preparation that has been put in ahead of the game, as well as the mindset that the players are in. Everyone is on the same page as far as the objectives and goals of the game are concerned.
Highlands Park can be unpredictable on the field, and this is something that needs to be taken into consideration when we face them, and adjust our game plan accordingly.
The game will not be televised, so get to Sugar Ray Xulu and get behind the boys. Should you not be able to attend the game, we will keep you updated on the games proceedings over our social media channels.
A derby played after an embarrassing defeat by VUT in the NEDBANK Cup. The match was meant to be a response match where we needed to redeem ourselves after a poor knockout competition performance. The opponent was fighting for their lives and it showed in the physical nature of the match. We controlled the first half very well and using the whole field in an attempt to find penetration. We played lots of combinations in the middle trying to play through, we would go wide when central options were limited. Each time we overloaded to isolate, we succeeded but only lacked the final penetration by crossing well or playing a cutback. We created a great scoring chance after a great central combination but we were wrongfully ruled offside. The opponent had no answered to our use of the ball and instead opted to kicking our players. We lost Gumede as a result and introduced Lamola. The first half ended 0:0 even though we deserved a lead.
We resumed the second but had a poor start as we saw the opponent hit the cross bar after Dube lost possession in our half. We then picked our game and it wasn’t long and we got our rhythm back again. We had an opportunity to win a penalty when the referee denied Mutizwa a foul after being fouled in the box. In no time, Lamola was fouled in the box on the 67th minute and the referee gave us a penalty and we made it 0:1 via Mutizwa. In the 80th minute Sithebe brought AmaZulu back into the game with the equaliser after firing a low strike into the bottom corner in a scramble inside the box from a corner-kick. Another beautiful passage of play ensured as we played short inter passes in the Centre and unlocked the opponent before Mutizwa got us a winning goal and his second for the night. The match ended 1:2 to us and we collected 3 points and reached the magical 30 points mark with nine matches to play. Our next encounter is Highlands Park at home in two weeks.
Knox Mutizwa scored the winning goal in the 89th minute for us tonight as we faced AmaZulu in a derby game at Jonsson Kings Park tonight.
In a game that started off well for both sides, keeping the ball fluid and looking to create chances, it soon became a stalemate of a half with neither side managing to find the back of the net.
We seemed to have the upper hand when it came to possession and had showed hunger but were denied taking a first half lead by an offside position.
Usuthu upped the tempo with minutes left in the half, but were unable to score before the break.
They continued the tempo of play in the first 5 minutes of the second half. Mlungwana denied Maduna and play settled once again after this.
We received a penalty in the 68th minute after Lamola was brought down in the box.
The equaliser came from Sithebe in the 80th minute after AmaZulu kept pressure on us in the final third.
It looked to be a draw at this stage, but a play wide from S.Dube, crossed to the box, then layed back by Mtshali to Mutizwa payed off with the Knox-Man striking the ball well to the far corner of the goal and securing the win.
Our next game will be against Highlands Park, at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on February 29th.
Tomorrow night sees us take on Amazulu FC at Jonsson Kings Park Stadium in the return Derby game of the season. With kick off set for 20h15, the game promises to be filled with action.
We are looking to achieve one of the best log finishes of the season, and the team is hungry to take home all 3 points on the night against AmaZulu FC.
They are fully aware though that there is a lot of pride on the line, and a wounded Usuthu team will fight tooth and nail for a home win and much needed points.
They have been clear that they are on a mission, and that mission is to save the team, restore some positive energy and collecting points in the final stretch of the season.
Both teams should be on full display come game time, which promises an entertaining game for Durban.
Get your green and gold on, come to the stadium and get behind the boys as they take to the field on Saturday night.
Our Nedbank Cup game went to penalties to determine a winner at Dobsonville this afternoon.
After playing a full 90 minutes where we were frustrated by a determined team who played their game in the hopes of going to penalties, they executed their game plan well and came out victorious.
In the first 45 both sides played some decent flowing football and ended up going into the break on an even score.
But the plan for the home side came to light in the second stanza as VUT parked the bus and defended their hearts out to look to force extra time and penalties.
We did manage to score a second goal with 2 minutes of standard time left, but had a lapse in concentration and allowed the host team to equalise just 2 minutes later
Once again, after extra time had been played we were still drawn 2all and it was penalties that would be the decider.
We answered each of the 5 penalties but it was the 6th, taken by Mtshali that missed the target and gave the Vaal team the win for the afternoon
We travel to Dobsonville Stadium this weekend as we kick off our Nedbank Cup campaign against Vaal University of Technology at 15h00 tomorrow.
The coaching staff and team have been preparing well for the game against VUT. While not knowing a great deal about the opposing side, the preparations have taken into consideration that we could come across a squad of players who are hungry to progress to the next round of the competition and could potentially look for that underdog win.
Coach Steve Komphela has put the challenge to the team to go all the way in the Nedbank Cup, knowing that its possible after the form shown in the Telkom Cup competition.
VUT are the only fourth-tier team in the competition, and are looking to make history by beating a PSL team. Stanley Nkoane, coach of the team said “It is 11 players versus 11 and we are not afraid of anything.”
“They can bring whoever they want to‚ we going to compete and not just to play for sake for playing. We know we can win.”
The game will not be televised and therefore will be covered on our social media platforms.
This match came at the back of a heartbreaking result against KAIZER Chiefs where we lost the match at the very last minute of the match. Similar to KAIZER Chiefs, we put up a great team performance.
Even though we had lost two players in camp due to sickness. We had to replace Venter wit Ndwandwe and Parusnath with Zuke. Both players played a crucial role in the match. Ndwandwe started the match in place of Prusnath and was involved in the build up to the goal that won us the match. Zuke got in later in the match and played a crucial role when he replaced Ndwandwe, who was handling Mbule from SS UTD.
We had good control of the first half. The opponent had no answers to our game plan. We needed just one moment to create a clear chance. We kept good possession and rotated the ball well and only lacked the ability to play over the top because the opponent was narrow and compact with a high line.
We rectified and restructured our attack and beginning second half we created exactly in the same manner we had discussed in the dressing room and we scored to make it 1:0. After we had scored the opponent opted for two strikers in Gabuza and Grobler and we needed to adjust our structure where we took in Shitolo for L. Dube and played 3 Centre backs and dropped Ndwandwe from ten to six to consolidate the midfield and defense.
The opponent tried breaking us down but we defended very resolutely. All we needed was coming out decisively and score the second. We failed to bury the match and had to live anxiously till the end. We won the match 1:0 but great and resolute performance from the team.
We came away with all 3 points this afternoon in our clash with Supersport United at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.
The first 45 saw both teams going toe to toe and delivering equal scoring opportunities but neither were able to find the back of the net.
Mutizwa and Lamola had some creative play, getting into a favourable scoring range, but Lamola dragged the pass wide of the mark just 10 minutes before half time.
SuperSport responded and we scrambled to clear the ball off the line as Nhlapo had a shot at target.
The second half of the game increased in tempo. SuperSport were denied by Mlungwana shortly after the break after he palmed a header attempt away from Grobler.
Minutes later we responded , Makhubela had a shot at target saved by Williams. But the keeper did not hold on, allowing Mutizwa to have a shot. This hit the crossbar, fell almost straight down and off Fleurs an into the goal.
We had a number of attacking plays after this, none of which were any real threat to the visitors. We did however have to defend well an Mlungwana made a great save from a powerful strike from Mahachi late in the game.
The team prepare this week for the first outing in the Nedbank Cup, which will be played at Dobsonville Stadium next weekend against Vaal University of Technology.
We continue our campaign to fight for a top 8 spot tomorrow afternoon as we face SuperSport United at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium. Kick off at 15h30.
We have looked good both on attack and defensively and the boys are looking to continue this as we fight to accumulate points as we get into the final half of the season.
SuperSport are always a formidable team.At the moment they have secured 3 wins from their last five outings and are in their own battle for second spot on the table, sitting just a point behind Mamelodi Sundowns.
They have performed well against the KZN sides, with a draw early in 2020 with Maritzburg United, and then beating AmaZulu 2-0 the week after.
The coaching staff have been working hard at preparing a game strategy to upset SuperSport at home on Saturday.
Tickets are on sale at the stadium, and cost just R40 per adult or R15 for kids u12. Come to the stadium and get behind the green and gold in our ABSA Premiership fight.
We played this match at the back of a good turnaround where we won and draw our previous two encounters against Baroka and Polokwane City respectively. The opponent was in great form and had just drawn their previous encounter. It was indeed a very difficult match and we needed to put up a plan in two days to deal with the powerful attack. Our team responded very well to the challenges and great threats known from the opponent. Our defensive work dealt very well with their crossing game and long diagonal balls played to their attackers who were positioned far out wide and the central threat of their two tens. We Med due adjustments in time and nullified the threat. We tried to avoid too many free kick and corners in and around the box but due to the nature of the game, we conceded a lot of those however we dealt with them very well. We needed more conviction in the final third. The lack of courage did affect our final third entry and consistent penetration. The first half was tight, with far and between chances, as a result no goal was scored.
The second half started well though the opponent looked the better right at the beginning of second. We collected our thoughts and got ourselves back in the game. We kept same structure and good tactical discipline and provided all solutions except that we needed to ask them more questions in our final third. A few opportunities started coming through from both sides but they were not as close or clear to be buried or scored. Mutizwa had a few rare moments where he could have opened the score, once the ball played on his back as he was about to break away, the other was a lame to the keeper who made an easy catch before he could later get a free kick at a good position but also sent it straight into the keeper’s hands. We kept the team unchanged for for almost 85 minutes when we started making a change (Venter in for Parusnath, Sibeko for Mtshali). The match 90 minutes regulation time was over and were in 4 minutes additional time. Two minutes were gone already and the match done and great application displayed, the opponent made a cross from the right, we failed to defend as expected, the keeper pulled a safe, on rebound, the opponent scored 0:1 and we lost the match with the last kick of the ball. Great application and resilience, not too much courage in the final third and lapse of concentration, the match was lost.
It took full time and 3 minutes of additional time to determine a winner this afternoon against Kaizer Chiefs.
After a spell-bounding game that saw us defend well against the log leaders, it was a late goal from Manyama that eventually delivered a wining goal for Kaizer Chiefs.
The game was well executed from the team, who carried out the coaches game plan to near perfection.
Holding off The Glamour Boys attack and setting up quick and effective counter plays saw us create a number of chances, but none clear cut enough to clinch a lead in the game.
The defensive play from the side was a stellar performance, with every player giving their all and staying diciplined in the game.
The team gave a great performance and deserved more than a loss today.
The winning goal, scored by Manyama came off a rebound ball after Mlungwana had made a diving save just seconds before.
All in all a good day at the office, but just lacking the point deserved.
We will fight on in the competition as we prepare to face SuperSport United at home on February 1st.
Tomorrow afternoon we host Kaizer Chiefs at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Kick off will be 15h30.
After returning after our game against Polokwane City with just a point, the team has been preparing for this clash against the AmaKhozi.
Coach Steve Komphela and assistant coach Mandla Ncikazi are confident that should the team stick to the game plan set out for the afternoons clash, that a win is more than possible at the end of the 90 minutes.
With a solid attacking strategy being prepared, as well as plans to reduce the possibilities of conceding fouls in the last third, then there is a strong chance of a win.
Sitting comfortably at the top of the log, Kaizer Chiefs will be wanting to extend their points buffer against the second and third placed sides.
Kaizer Chiefs showed that they can be vulnerable after drawing their encounter against Black Leopards last weekend.
Tickets are still available at TicketPro outlets. They are R40 for Adults and R15 for kids U12 years old.
This away match was played after a hard fought 1:0 home win against Baroka where Sfiso Mlungwana played his first match and kept a clean sheet. He had yet another good day in the office against a very forceful Polokwane City who were fighting for their lives to survive relegation. We had a good first half and created a few good chances. We took the lead early in the game, 8th minute after a well orchestrated move we generated from training and Mutizwa finished with a header to make it 0:1. We had good control of the match against a difficult opponent. We had another chance in the 44th minute when Mutizwa put Lamola through and with only the keeper to beat, he shot wide. The first half ended 0:1 in our favor.
We resumed the second with more clarity on how to deal with the opponent midfield shape. We started the second half well and kept probing but not as clear. Lamola was put through again by Mutizwa, with only the keeper to beat, he blasted the ball against the keeper and we failed to make it 0:2. In no time after that miss the opponent pulled one twenty minutes into the second half. Sfiso pulled a great save from a Chauke shot, we failed to clear the lines and Anas finished the rebound to make it 1:1. The match became a battle for a winner but it wasn’t to be. The last chance to win the match fell for us when we got a central free kick and Mutizwa went over the wall, beat the keeper but hit the cross bar. The match ended 1:1.
Our next encounter is at home against Kaizer Chiefs
We shared the spoils this afternoon against a determined Polokwane City at Peter Mokaba Stadium
After putting some early pressure on the hosts and securing an early breakthrough as Mutizwa headed a well delivered ball from the far side, we failed to capitalise on other chances created to extend a half time lead.
We also allowed Polokwane City to play back into the game. The space they were given allowed them to create numerous chances to equalise before the break.
Mlungwana showed amazing determination in the game, and had one of the best saves of the season in the 25th minute off a shot from Chauke. This allowed us to go into the break with a goal advantage.
Although this was the case, the home side came back fighting in the second half. Right from the whistle they attacked our goals and looked to pull back an equaliser to get themselves back into the game.
They achieved this in the 69th minute as substitute Anas found the back of the net after Mlungwana was not quick enough to recover after making another great save off a shot from Maluleke.
Although shared points, there were a number of positives to come from the game, one being the determined defence at the back from Mathiane, Mlungwana and once again Sibisi.
We now have just 6 days to prepare for our home game clash against Kaizer Chiefs, which will take place at Moses Mabhida Stadium on January 25th at 15h30.
We face off against Pololwane City tomorrow afternoon in the ABSA Premiership, at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium. Kick off is scheduled for 15:30.
After breaking our winless run last week after a home win to Baroka FC, the team is looking to continue on that and pick up more points away from home against Polokwane City
Fighting for dominance in a very tight mid log battle, we would relish some more points in the effort to obtain a favourable Top8 finish come end of the season.
While the coach and team are confident of the result after 90 minutes they are fully aware of how dangerous a team is when fighting for their lives in the competition.
Also under consideration would be the fact that Polokwane City are currently under the direction of Clinton Larsen, who is familiar with the playing styles of a number of our players.
Larsen, confident that Polokwane City are capable of upsetting us, are looking to fight from a dangerous position at the bottom of the log.
The team is more than capable of winning, and Larsen is confident the results can start coming sooner than later.
The game will be televised on SuperSport Channel 211, and as always covered on our social media channels will be available
A very difficult encounter we faced with the opponent at the bottom of the log and fighting tooth and nail to get out of the bottom of the log. A crucial match for our confidence due to our bad run recently.
There was a very small margin of points between the teams. They played a very physical game, competing for every ball both in the air and on the ground. They played ore direct and we competed very well. The first half was tightly contested and there were very few chances created by both teams except the high number of corners we conceded and the opponent threatened to score by delivering their balls far post.
We were kept in the game by Mlungwana, playing his first PSL match, when he kept out a close range header from a corner kick. The first half ended 0:0. We resumed the second half with good energy and took off where we left off.
We kept fighting their direct play knowing that soon the match will change face. We got a free kick in the opponent half ad from tat free kick, we scored via Shitolo to make it 1:0. We created two to three chances from counter attack situations and we failed to take advantage.
We needed more composure on our counter attacks so that we could terminate them. The victory puts us at 24 points after 17 matches and position 7 on the log. There’s still a lot of work to be done but so far so good.
We gained 3 vital points at home tonight against Baroka FC, with a 1-0 win at full time.
The team looked composed coming onto the field at the beginning of the game, and this translated well to their play as they used their possession wisely to push up into the opponents half.
Baroka did well to defend in the first half, and managed to close plays down before we complete our final passes, this did nothing to deter us from continuing to play an attacking game.
Chipezeze did well as their final defence, and when we were in range, managed to read and control the ball.
The second half of play was well executed from our side as well, with the boys once again looking at pushing up in a structured system.
We created chances for Venter and Lamola to score but once again, the visitors defence did well to clear.
We kept pressure on the visitors which paid off in the 70th minute with Shitolo scoring after being supplied the ball at the far post by Makhubela.
Baroka then added to their problems after Kambala was red carded and were just not able to get back into the game.
Mention must go to debutante Sifiso Mlungwana who played an outstanding game between the goals tonight. Making a number of incredible saves and keeping a clean sheet.
We have just over a week before we head off to face Polokwane City at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium on the 19th of January
We will be looking to break our losing run with a home win tomorrow night against Baroka FC. The game kicks off at 19h30 at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.
The coaches and players have been quick to reflect on the performance against Maritzburg United on Friday night and have worked on game strategies to reduce the possibilities of a repeat performance going forward.
In a season where every point will count going forward, it is going to be crucial to accumulate points at each opportunity. Wednesdays game against a struggling Baroka FC should be one of these opportunities.
Bakgakga have also been struggling of late. They have lost three, and drawn two in their last 5 outings, with their most recent result being a 1-0 loss to Cape Town City.
This has put them in a precaurious position on the log standings and one they will be looking to fight their way out of.
The game will not be televised so get to the Stadium to catch the game. Tickets will be on sale at the stadium on match day, R40 adults and R15 kids U12
Should you not be able to get there, follow us on one of our social network platforms for a play-by-play feed on the game
The first match in the year of 2020 and the first of the second round. It had to be a derby where the opponent ended the first round on a high and lost in the Telkom final against Sundowns.
Their strategy clearly to play on counter attack. Something we prepared very well for and managed without problems. We had been working on our own quick transitions. We scored first through a quick counter attack when Venter finished a brilliant pass from Lamola.
We ended first half leading 1:0 with no threat at all, a good game plan and well executed. The second half resumed but we had a slow start and grew with the match. The game went on till late when we literally surrendered our lead. We conceded two goals in two minutes in the dying minutes.
We did not pickup the opponent tight enough and got punished. The opponent made it 1:1. They further got a lucky goal when we conceded an own goal and they made it 2:1. A difficult defeat to take considering that we had three clear cut chances, two from Mutizwa and one from Venter, when the opponent never had any clear cut chances.
It is so devastating because the matches we lost are ones we never deserved to.
Last minute drama decided the game against Maritzburg United tonight as we ended up losing the 3 points on offer at Harry Gwala Stadium.
While dominating the greater deal of the game and displaying some impressive linking play, we failed to convert the opportunities that were created and sealing the game when we should have,
Opening the scoring in the 38th minute off a quick counter play from N.Gumede, it was Venter who put the ball in the back of the net and putting the home side on the back foot going into the break.
Maritzburg returned to the field, showing determination to pull something back with a change in positional play. They made well thought of substitutions to keep the pressure on the defence and eventually managed to score their equlaiser in the 88th minute.
This seemed to rally them together, and they kept pressure on us in the 5 minutes of extra time. This paid off for them when Jappie crossed to the near post, the ball was played to the middle again and Sibisi looked to clear as Moseamedi was coming up on attack. Unfortunately his attempted clearance played into the top right corner of the goal an sealed our fate for the night.
We have a number of days to regroup before we face Baroka FC at home on the 8th January.
We get the new year underway with a Derby game against Maritzburg United at the Harry Gwala stadium tomorrow night.
After achieving a number of goals in the first half of the season, Coach Komphela has made it clear that the team need to carry on with their positive journey, but will need to up their determination in order to achieve the goals for the second part of the season.
Just 10 points separates positions 2 to 8 on the league table, and Winning the Derby game can keep the club in contention for a Top 4 position.
But The Team of Choice have also kept themselves in contention for a Top 8 spot so far, and have lost just one game in their last 5 while securing points of a win and three draws.
Both sides will be the wanting maximum points at the end of the 90 minutes. A setting for an exciting game of football to kick the second part of the season off.
The game will be televised live on SS4 and we will have our usual play-by-play on our social media channels.
This was the last match for the year 2019 and the last for the first round. The heat was on and the grass dry which affected the rhythm of our game. The opponent was always first on the ball and we were always a second late.
Our midfield press was to loose and we never fought for first ball nor second balls against a very physical team with good work ethic but very limited technical ability except long balls played to Shalulile who proved to be handful to our defenders. The opponent got themselves ahead by snatching a goal from a corner kick when Rae headed unchallenged.
The score was 1:0. We kept trying but our players rook long to listen to a basic instruction where we needed to hold our full backs lower so that we created the space behind opponent wingbacks. As soon as we did that, we created enough opportunities. Makhubela had his chance hit the cross when there was only goalkeeper to beat. Teams went to the break at 1;0. The officials really made our job difficult through their incompetence.
The second half resumed and we looked more dangerous and Sibeko missed an open net and got another two chances but failed to convert. Mutizwa also had two chances, Shitolo, Makhubela had chances as well but we were blunt in front of goal. The opponent were awarded a very dubious penalty and they made it 2:0.
We tried but nothing came through and the match ended 2:0.
Our next encounter, which would mark the start of the second round is on the 3rd January 2020.
An early first half goal, and a questionable penalty decision in the second half cost us the game against Highlands Park this afternoon.
We played some good attacking football this afternoon with Sibeko standing out on the field, looking for opportunities to push up into the box and supplying Mutizwa, as well as having some shots at goal. But nothing we could deliver, could break the confidence that The Lions of the NOrth had achieved after Rae opened their scoring in the 7th minute.
The home side put all they had into defending their early lead, taking fewer opportunities to counter and push up than what was expected.
Defending their lead through the break, they returned to the field and were awarded a questionable penalty after Shalulile was judged to have been fouled in the box.
He converted, and Highlands Park went into a strong defensive pattern of play, defending their goal with all they could throw at it.
We were unable to create the number of opportunities we would have liked, and when we did break the defence, we were unfortunate to put our attempts just wide or finding the post.
The team will take a very short festive break before returning to prepare for our first game of 2020 against Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium on the 3rd of January.
We end off the first half of the season tomorrow with an away game to Highlands Park at Makhulong Stadium.
The team is looking to finish the 2019 leg of the season with an away win against the Johannesburg based side, and maintain a positive log position heading into the second half of the season.
Last season, we shared results with The Lions of the North, losing 2-1 to them away and then winning 2-1 in February at home.
After losing our home game against Bidvest Wits, a win is what we are targetting to climb up the log standings again after dropping points.
Highlands Park will be pushing for a win. They have not got maximum points from a game in the last 5, having lost 2 and drawn 3 of their fixtures.
A home win would give their fans some confidence ahead of the second part of the competition in 2020.
The match was played on Thursday due to BIDVEST continental duties. The weather conditions were similar to the Mamelodi Sundowns Telkom cup match where we played good football under rain and won.
We played exactly the same good football under rainy conditions, especially second half. The first half was a cagey affair where we were denied space and we needed to impose ourselves, which we did second half. The least said about the officiating the better.
The opponent was aggressive and we had no protection from officials. The worst was when we conceded a goal from a dubious Mothupa penalty where the goalkeeper was penalized when in fact the tackle was legitimate. We went to half time trailing by a goal to zero.
We had a better second half even though we lost too much possession from our left side with Lunga the main culprit. We dominated the second half completely and had a few clear cut chances to equalize and we failed to score. The biggest chance in the match was when Dube was fouled inside the box and we got a penalty. Mutizwa missed the kick and the opponent survived.
We kept pushing till the last minute of the match but we just could not equalize. The second match we lost under circumstances unexplainable where we dominated completely and created clear chances and ended on the losing side. We had hoped to make 3 points and consolidate our third position on the log but unfortunately we could not and are still no. 4 on the log with 20 points.
Our next encounter to wrap the first round is against Highlands park on the 21st December.
We suffered our first home loss in the league competition tonight at the hand of Bidvest Wits.
Looking to retain our home status and give The Clever Boys a run for their money, it was just not our day as we went down 1-0 to the visiting team.
Our first set back was a penalty conceded in the 32nd minute, where Gumede was deemed to have fouled Motupa in the box. He took the spot kick and found his mark to give Wits the lead.
We were denied an eqaliser minutes later as Hlanti cleared a Mtshali effort off the line after Goss fumbled the ball.
We played with better momentum in the second half, taking the ball up field better and getting into some favourable positions, but could not find the final spaces to have a decent attempt at goals.
With 20 minutes left on the clock, after putting The Students under some pressure we were awared a penalty after Hotto tripped S.Dube in the box, but Mutizwa wasted the opportunity and put his effort wide.
Both sides created chances after this, but neither managed to find the back of the net.
Not the result we were hoping for as we head off to play Highlands Park in just over a weeks time.
We will start wrapping up the first round of the season with our last home game of 2019 against Bidvest Wits tomorrow night at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.
Steve Komphela and his boys will be looking to continue with their positive results achieved at home this season so far with a win against The Students.
With the two sides having met 33 times in the PSL, it is The Clever Boys who have dominated the fixture statistically, having claimed 19 wins compared to Lamontville Golden Arrow’s 8. However, with the current home form at Sugar Ray Xulu, Abafana Bes’thende are looking to get a positive result against the odds.
The team is determined to come back from their disappointing loss against Black Leopards in November and maintain a very positive position on the log standings.
The Clever Boys, having played their last League game against Highlands Park, were held to a 1-1 draw against Highlands Park at Makhulong Stadium after a late equaliser by Thabang Monare.
They have not secured a win in four matches in all of the competitions they have played and will be looking to turn their results around in Clermont tomorrow night.
Tickets are available at the stadium for the game, and we would encourage our supporters to come and catch the last home game before the festive season.
The game will be televised live on SuperSport4, and we will cover the game over our social media platforms should you be unable to watch it.
The match was played just two days after the Baroka win. The team had had enough rest and we showed in our overall performance which was fresh. We dominated the match from the first whistle till the last except the period in the second half, where the opponent had a ten minute spell of good play and managed to score two goals in succession. Something we never saw happening based on how we played. The two goals happened in the second when the opponent overloaded our wingbacks. We didn’t respond promptly and we suffered a huge setback. Our compelling moments where we were supposed to win the match was in the first half. We played a good game with fluidity and created good chances but only took one from the penalty. Mutizwa converted to make it 0:1 and kept playing and the opponent had no solutions. Our greatest downfall on the day was lack of a killer instinct to bury the match. We went to half time leading 0:1 and with no real problems encountered except scoring more. This is our third undeserved defeat this season. Something we fail to learn from. When stakes are high, we fail to rise to the occasion. This calls for a stronger mindset, more concentration and focus to team goals than individual goals. We always play better when we are trailing from behind. There seems to be a heightened level of concentration when we chasing the match.
A very tough match away to an opponent, with a good squad but who’s been struggling to get results. This match was played after we lost to MSFC in the semifinals of the Telkom Cup. The level of our moral was at our lowest but we quickly needed to restore it. We had a fairly balanced match with far and few chances. We struggled to find our playing rhythm. We lost too many balls in possession. We couldn’t dominate the match as we used to. Each time we fail to hit our rhythm of play, it affects our confidence. We were threatened several times by the opponent but managed to defend well. We had deployed two strikers and it was clear, it did affect our midfield fluidity. The suspension to Phiri also posed a threat in midfield dominance. We ended the first half 0:0 and we had to resolve and reorganize our attack. We introduced Chonco for Gumede and we looked better. The opponent was threatening during corner kicks and we survived the scare. Deep in the second the referee awarded a penalty against us, through insistence from the first assistant. The opponent missed the chance. We scored in the 84th minute when Venter struck a brilliant in swinging free kick from a wide position. The balls went directly into the net untouched and it was 0:1 with five minutes to go. The opponent also missed a last minute chance as we defended with our lives. We won the match 0:1 and kept our position 3 on the log after 12 matches, having collected 10 points out of twelve. Our next mission is in Thohoyandou against B. Leopards in two days.
We came away with an unfortunate 2-1 loss this evening against Black Leopards at the Thohoyandou Stadium.
In a game that saw us play with some great domination and exceptional ball control for the most of the 90 minutes, it took just two minutes to completely swing the game around and against us.
The first 45 was well executed as far as game plan went. We pushed up and put pressure on the Leopards defence from different angles. Our intention was to force the mistakes and either open up gaps or be rewarded with some free kicks.
In the 39th minute this strategy paid off with Seth Parusnath being taken down in the box, and the referee awarding a penalty. Mutizwa converted and gave us a lead going into the break.
We returned after the break and continued to play as we had been in the first 45. Again we spread the ball well and attacked in well structured formation.
Leopards were eager to equalise though and got their equaliser in the 69th minute off the boot of Kapinga. This rattled the boys slightly who had been laying everything on the line as far as defense went and Leopards took the opportunity to take the lead just 2 minutes later as Ndlovu slotted one in.
We looked for the equaliser for the reminder of the game, but could just not find our mark as the hosts parked the bus and closed any and all gaps that could have existed.
We return home and prepare for our last home game of the year as we take on Bidvest Wits on the 11th December.
On the road again
We continue our time on the road with another away game against Black Leopards tomorrow night at the Thohoyandou Stadium.
Coming off a last minute win in our mid-week game against Baroka FC, the team is looking to continue their collection of points come game time on Saturday.
Some work has been done on both the offensive and defensive aspects of our game after Wednesdays nights game, when we should have converted more of the chances that we created, and slipped a bit on our defensive game.
All that being said, the team is confident of being able to secure a further 3 points on the road come game time.
Black Leopards, currently sitting at 13th on the log have won two of their last 5 encounters, lost 2 and drawn 1. They are hungry for points that would give them a boost to a possible 8th place standing before the festive break.
They will be feeling wounded after their 3-0 loss to Chippa FC earlier in the week and this could make them dangerous at home as they seek some retribution.
Once again, we will not have the game televised but urge you to follow us on our social media channels for updates on the game.
A last minute free kick saw us clinch 3 points away from home against Baroka FC tonight.
The game was equal pegged from start to finish at the Peter Mokaba Stadium with both sides doing all that they could to get an advantage over their opponents.
But nothing seemed to go right for either side in the final third. We both played some well executed plays that saw advantage being obtained in the final third of the field, but neither team could convert the chances created.
Both sides did well at the back when defending and Sibisi and Mathiane had a number of times where they put their bodies on the line. Baroka did well at times to get past them though and on play saw Mathiane committing a hand ball offence in the box.
Baroka, awarded the penalty, called on Vusi Sibiya to attempt the conversion but he misjudged it and put the ball wide of the mark.
We were determined to come away with the 3 points, and with minutes to spare were awarded a free kick just outside the box.
Venter took responsibility for the set piece, struck the ball well and it found the back of the net, beating Chipezeze.
The home side attempted to fight back for the equaliser, and almost managed to tie the game up but were in the end, not successful because of some great defensive work by our back four.
A good start on the road, and we will aim to continue the positive result as we face off with Black Leopards on Saturday night.
Both the technical team and players will swing their focus back towards the league in securing as many points as possible before the festive break. This will start with an away game to Baroka FC tomorrow night.
Lamontville Golden Arrows have the opportunity to climb up the log from 4th place should the team maintain their positive play and unsettle Baroka at home.
With the League table being very close, with just 5 points separating 2nd and 8th position, every point will count. This is a very important point to take in mind as we head to the break and aim to keep a favourable position on the log.
Baroka can be an unpredictable side, and having won only one of their last 5 games, will be wanting to take advantage of playing at home and giving their supporters a positive result.
The side have managed to secure just 12 points so far, but a win could catapult them up to 6th place on the standings, so they have everything to fight for come tomorrow night.
The game will not be televised, but we will be keeping you up to date on the proceedings over our social media channels.
This was the second match in a row against the opponent after beating them 3:2 In the previous encounter. Clearly the opponent had learned from their previous encounter against us. They pressed us higher and targeted certain players and press target and worked for them.
We could not build with fluidity and still insisted on building with risk. We lost too many balls in our attack and that knocked our confidence to play. We then went on and conceded an early goal when we failed to defend a set play from wide. Kekana jumped the highest and our goalkeeper was caught between and we suffered. The opponent then went on and scored their second deep into first half where we failed to stop their wingback, Morena and the score was 2:0 at half time.
Our second half was completely different. We played the arrows way and gave a great performance. Our turnovers were quicker, our build up play was also fluid and we took control of the match. E scored late in the second half when Sibiya connected with a Mutizwa cross. We kept pressing but pity we could not get an equalizer. We did get behind the opponent and created enough chances to at least draw the match but unfortunately on the day, we had no luck and got knocked out of the Telkom semi final. Our next match is a league match in three days in Polokwane against Baroka and immediate followed by Black Leopards in Thohoyandou on Saturday.
Conceding two goals in the first half saw us blow our chances on a Telkom Cup final as we managed to find the net once in response after full time.
The first half got underway under blistering pace as the Brazilians put pressure on us from the first whistle. They pushed up into the final third, testing the teams defence and keeping us on the back foot.
This saw them secure their first goal off a free kick almost at the middle circle. They played it to the box and Kekana was allowed enough space to get a clear header on target. Sibanda attempted a save but was unable to get in front of it.
The visitors second goal, scored by Sirino, was once again allowed in after Sibanda was not well placed as a barrage of shots were aimed on target. Sirino, well placed on the near side of the box, was left with more than enough space to convert his attempt.
Returing after the break, we looked a lot more composed and created a number of decent chances. Phiri put one over the bar, Mtshali did well in some inspiring plays and Mutizwa even had a fair share of chances. But our last touches were just not with us today.
Our only goal was scored by Sibiya, off a neat play on from Mutizwa in the 83rd minute. This instilled some encouragement and the boys looked to force extra time but were just not able to eqaulise.
We thank our supporters for the encouragement in the cup competition and we will continue to push in the League for a decent finish to the season.
All eyes will be on Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium tomorrow afternoon as we take on Mamelodi Sundowns in the first Telkom Knockout semi final of the weekend.
The game, set to kick off at 3pm, promises to be action packed as we look to defend an unbeaten home streak this season, as well as ending the Brazilians run in the TKO Tournament.
The team is well prepared for the encounter, both physically and mentally. They are confident and determined to take on Masandawana and secure a double win on Saturday.
Mamelodi Sundowns will be looking for revenge after losing at Sugar Ray Stadium just 2 weeks ago. They could be bolstered by the return of some of their previously sidelined players, and this may increase their confidence of having some sort of advantage.
Coach Steve Komphela and his technical team will have taken all of this into consideration in preparing for the cup fixture an will have a plan to counter the possible inclusion of Kekana and Sirino.
Tickets are still available for the game from TicketPro outlets, so make sure to get yours as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. No tickets will be sold at the stadium
The game will be televised on both SuperSport an SABC if you are unable to attend, or follow us on social media for play-by-play coverage.
Lamontville Golden Arrows, represented by Head Coach Steve Komphela, Assistant coach Mandla Ncikazi and Senior player Musa Bilankulu, took part in the launch of the new Durban Promenade today.
The launch took place as a Walk/Run along the whole promenade, starting at Blue Lagoon and finishing at the newly built extension of the promenade past uShaka.
The walk participants were entertained at the start with traditional Zulu dancers and other entertainment before the start of the walk at 7am.
At the start of the new extension, the Mayor, Cllr Mxolisi Kaunda, cut the ribbon to the extension before the participants were allowed to walk along the newly constructed extension while being entertained along the way.
Mayor Kaunda then welcomed and addressed the crowd before being handed signed jerseys from Durban’s four major sports teams, Lamontville Golden Arrows, The Sharks, The Dolphins and AmaZulu FC.
Head coach Steve Komphela was the one who handed the jersey over to the mayor and had a few words to say
“Education and Sports are the same, they carry the same values. Respect dignity, co-existence, anything that you can think of is embedded in sports and so is education”
After being addressed by the MEC as well as a vote of thanks from ECOD Chairperson, Cllr Sipho Kaunda, the walk participants were further entertained while enjoying refreshments.
An entertaining morning for all along our beautiful cities beach-line. Congratulations to the City on the improvement done for the benefit of all who visit Durban.
#DurbanHasMOre #DurbanPromenadeLaunch #BuildingTheBrand
Our u17 side have concluded their 2019 season with a third place league finish and Cup victory.
The side had a successful league season and narrowly missed out on a top League finish, accumulating 76 points after playing 30 games.
They won 25 games, drew 2 and lost only 4 games.
This saw them finish 3rd on the log, a position that can be improved on next season.
On Saturday 9 November, they played their last game of the season and finished in style with a 2-0 win over Amazulu FC in a cup final game. A deserved result for a hard working side.
A commendable job from Coach Mude and his team once again this year.
It is also encouraging for the club that a number of players will be moving up to the u19 side after they have completed writing their matric exams.
We would like to congratulate the team and the coaches on their performance this year and look forward to the junior teams growing from strength to strength in the years to come.
This match was played after four difficult matches where we played PLK City, SS UTD all twice in a row in Telkom Cup and ABSA Premier League. We’ll be playing MSFC twice as well.
The approach to the match was similar where we defended very well and was courageous enough to impose our offensive play. We had a fairly balanced first half where both teams had to deal with rainy weather conditions. The opponent had an advantage of playing with the rain and wind and we were against. The opponent broke wide from their left and a soft cross was made and we conceded a very soft goal. The score was 0:1 and the first half came to an end. We had a good first half except the mistake that led to the goal.
We started the second half with the wind and the rain. We then opted to press the opponent high up. We dominated the second half. Had a great team performance and scored three goal in the process. The equalizer came in the 60th minute when Phiri took a shot and the goalkeeper fluffed the shot due to wet wether and lack of grip from gloves. Ten minutes later we made it 2:0 when Lunga played a diagonal ball and Mutizwa finished the chance, far post. In the 80th minute we made it 3:1 after a great short interplay leading to the opponent box where Parusnath was fouled inside the box. Mutizwa stepped up and hit the third one to make it 3:1. All looked well and the match was nearing its end, the opponent scored their second from bad defending and lapse in concentration. The score was 3:2 and the match ended with tension and Excitement.
We meeting the same opponent again in our next match on the 23/11/2019 in the Telkom Cup.
A nail biting finish to todays game saw us secure another home win and 3 points against Mamelodi Sundowns.
It was a game of two halves today with Sundowns dominating the first half of the game at a very wet Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium. The Brazillians had a clear chance in the 10th minute to open their account but Morena pulled his shot to the right of target.
We had fewer opportunities than our visitors, and Mutizwa missed a chance when he was hasty on his final touch and narrowly missed his mark.
Sundowns were determined in the first 45, making sure to go into the break with a lead after Morena nudged in a low cross for a soft goal.
After the break we looked composed an determined to show what we were made of. Phiri took a shot on target just after 60 minutes, beating Onyango and equalising for us.
Our continual pressure on Sundowns then saw Mutizwa finally finding the back of the net off a great cross from Lunga.
The game plan paid off when the pressure saw us awarded a penalty after Parusnath made a great run in the box and was tackled from behind. Mutizwa stepped up, firing the strike past Onyango for a very defend-able lead.
This is when the game kicked into overdrive. Sundowns, feeling pressure of another loss then turned their play around. Jali pulled one back and with minutes left put an effort over the bar.
A good day at the office for the boys today and a well deserved win! We have a 2 week FIFA break, then we are back at Sugar Ray stadium to take on Masandawana for the Telkom Knockout Semi final game.
After a successful trip away, we return home this weekend to take on Mamelodi Sundowns in an ABSA Premiership game tomorrow
With the team coming off a demanding trip, they will be happy to be facing Masandawana at home on Sunday.
Under the guidance of Steve Komphela, the team is doing well to achieve the goals set out for them regarding point accumulation, and Sundays home game is 3 points that will not want to be missed out on.
Sundowns coach, Pitso Mosimane, has said that they may be under a bit of pressure with injuries with Mahlambi, Sirino and Zwane out due to injury, That being said, they will want a win after their midweek draw to Baroka FC.
Tickets are on sale at Ticketpro and will also be available at the stadium, But please make your purchases before getting to the stadium to avoid disappointment.
The game will be televised live on SuperSport4 (SS4) and as usual, you can follow us for play-by-play updates should you not be able to get to the game.
We played this match just two days after beating the opponent and knocking them out of the Telkom Cup.
It was always going to be difficult to beat an opponent that was wounded. They played 4:3:3 and stuck to their system. We played a much much better game compared to the first one. We kept the ball longer and we defended our areas very well in areas where we preferred the opponent to have the ball, we were successful and there were no real threats.
Our defenders dealt with Gabuza very well. The opponent opted for a very dynamic ITC wing play where they created a wide midfield trio of wingback, the wide striker and box midfielder on both sides, consistently. We managed to deal with them and fifteen minutes to the end of the match, our team showed great hunger and desire to win the match.
We missed three clear cut chances. Venter had two chances, Mutizwa had his near post shot saved and Lunga’s header was stopped at the far post. Our performance on the night was confirmed when the opponent keeper was chosen as man of the match. It was a successful outing to Mbombela as we wrapped it with a draw after we won the TKO match two days ago.
We are on again in preparation against Mamelodi Sundonws in 4 days to complete the third match in eight days.
We shared the spoils this evening with Supersport United in the ABSA Premiership. Although not full points, it was a well fought for away point at the Mbombela Stadium.
Supersport came out on the attack from the first minute and had us playing a defensive game as they attacked from all angles.
We showed great determination to deny them and handled their attacks on the wing well. They created a number of chances but once again our final line of defence stood strong with the back four; Mathiane, Sibisi, S.Dube and Lunga putting their hands up when called on.
The rest of the team also did their bit when needed defensively.
On the counter, we created a number of chances, but none of the resulting shots were enough to rattle Williams between the sticks.
It was only in the last 15 minutes of the game that the Supersport keeper felt pressure after a call from Coach Komphela to attack hard.
This resulted in a great shot from substitute Danny Venter, who had Williams diving to his left to get fingertips on the shot, deflecting it to the woodwork.
Minutes later he was in the action again tipping another shot over the bar to deny us.
After a long stay in Nelspruit, the side return to Durban as preparations switch to our Sunday game against Mamelodi Sundowns at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.
We are back at Mbombela Stadium and take on SuperSport United in our mid-week ABSA Premiership clash tonight.
Both teams sit on 13 points on the log after 9 games, making the result tonight an important one for the coaches and their teams. There is not a lot separating the top 8 teams at the moment, and losing 3 points could put mid season targets at risk.
We have had a good run of late, and been unlucky not to convert more chances. But the call from Coach Komphela for the players to be more aggressive seems to have rung home and the squad is carrying out the call.
This has given us favourable results, and one that we look to continue in tonight’s clash.
SuperSport will be looking for the win and some redemption from the weekends result. We will need to be aware of this from the first whistle and deal with their attacking play sensibly.
The game will be televised on SS11, with coverage starting from 19h20.
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G. ARR V SS UTD
We came to Mbombela knowing that we were going to play a very well-structured team playing a 4:3:3 with discipline and fluidity. Right from the Kickoff the intentions from both teams were clear that they were prepared to fight to go to Semi-finals.
We held our ground and were rewarded as we were awarded a free kick around the box. Mtshali made it 1:0. Something he got accustomed to from training. After we scored, we tried to play but the opponent was clear on pressing us high thus nullifying our free flowing game. We opted to go direct and our game was not as fluid as a result. The opponent kept playing crosses using their wingbacks and occasionally penetrating through the Centre using Mbule and Mokoena. We opted to close the Centre and rather deal with crosses and Gabuza. We resolved to suffer to win the match. We ended the first half 0:1 and went to the dressing to reorganize ourselves.
The second half was going to be very difficult and indeed we spent the better half defending. Nothing wrong with defending, our only problem was our lack of not connecting with attackers after regaining possession. We could have defended higher but we were too deep and possibilities are we were going to make mistakes. We conceded a penalty deep in referee’s optional time but the opponent missed.
We won the quarter final match 0:1 to advance to the semis.
A solid defensive game tonight saw us secure the win and proceed to the semi finals of the 2019 Telkom Knockout competition.
From the start of the game, SuperSport were determined to attack and enjoyed the bigger share of possession of the ball. We made great use of our ball and looked for ways to play up on the left wing, bringing the ball back in behind the defence. This worked well for us, and we put some good pressure on the hosts defence.
In the 11th minute we were awarded a free kick in front of the box. We created a wall in front of the SuperSport one, and Mtshali took the set piece. He struck it well, and it dipped perfectly to find the back of the net.
We had a number of decent plays into the final third after that. Mutizwa looked dangerous a number of times, but the SuperSport defending closed down most of the plays.
Coming back from the break it was SuperSport who dominated possession of the ball. They threw all that they had at us, creating opportunities off set pieces and corners, but failed to convert any chances. Sibanda did well to defend his goal and lead the defence from the back.
But it was an 11 man effort to maintain the lead and keep the home side from scoring.
In extra time, an accidental hand ball from Lunga gave SuperSport a penalty, threatening extra time. Modiba placed the ball, struck it, and found the upright to deny a late equaliser and extra time in the game.
We will wait until after tomorrows final quarter final to see who our opponents will be in the semi finals of the competition.
We travel to Mpumalanga to take on SuperSport United in the Telkom Knockout quarter final tomorrow night at the Mbombela stadium
The game is going to be a tight game, with both sides finding a bit of form over the last couple of games.
Coach Komphela is expecting his side to face a well disciplined side who are working well as a unit at the moment, but believes that his team can take the win if they adopt a more aggressive approach towards their opposition.
The side is in a positive space ahead of the game and believe that they are able to come home with a win and progression to the next stage of the competition.
SuperSport will be a formidable opponent, that is to be expected, and they will not be giving us an easy game
The game will be televised on ss4, and, as usual we will keep you up to date with the game over our social media platforms.
It was bound to be a very difficult match after knocking them out of the TELKOM Cup. We had a very good start and scored first in the second minute when Mutizwa headed a MTSHALI free kick. The score was 1:0 and it helped us a lot. We continued playing our way even under pressure.
The opponent strategy was to press us high so that we do not get the rhythm to play. All we needed to do more often was to play beyond the line of press into the midfield and start playing from there. In a few moments where we bypassed the first line of press we looked dangerous and we could manage to create more opportunities.
There were moments where we risked possession especially from our left side but we managed to control and survived the threat. We created more chances and our problem was finishing. Mutizwa was the main culprit where he squandered two great chances. We went to the dressing 1:0.
We started the second half well but the opponent kept piling pressure and we lost a bit of confidence. As they were to make a double sub we conceded a goal through the Centre when we didn’t press the ball in the Centre. The score was 1:1. The opponent made their changes and opted for three man defence. We were under pressure for the better part of the second half but we resisted well.
The match got even more physical as both teams were looking to break away and win. Our mental strength showed when we forced the opponent to concede a free kick. Phiri line up the free kick, took a shot, the ball rebounded from the keeper and Makhubela made it 2:1 right at the end. That was to be the last kick of the match and we won the match.
A goal in extra time of today’s game secured another win for the team at home.
After a solid start to the game that saw Mutizwa open our account in the second minute of the game, we kept pressure on the visitors and were unlucky not to go Into the break with a three goal lead.
On two separate occasions, Mutizwa found himself one on one with Chigova but failed to beat the keeper to extend the lead.
Polokwane City had few threatening chances in the first half.
They came back after the break with renewed determination though and fought back for the equaliser.
They dominated possession in the second 45 and had us unsettled a number of times.
It was a free kick in the last minute of extra time that secured the win. Phiri played the set piece and the ball was not held. Makhubela, following up, struck it well though..finding the back of the net and securing the win.
We are up against Polokwane City once again this weekend, but it’s a league game this time.
They return to the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium tomorrow afternoon. Kick-off will be 15h30.
It will be an important 3 points to secure, as we sit 7th on the log presently, but a game ahead of 4 of the other sides. So, to be able to maintain the position, the side are going to have to play a solid 90 minutes for the win.
Coach Steve Komphela has set objectives for every 5 league games with an objective of achieving a certain number of points. A home win would go a long way in achieving this and the team will be well prepared for the game plan for the weekend.
Sitting 3 positions above us, at 4th, Polokwane City will also be wanting a favourable result from the game. They have lost their last two outings in the ABSA Premiership which have both been away games.
Breaking this would prove to be a positive turn in their mind set, and the team will be playing for the points on offer.
The game will not be televised, so get down to the stadium to catch the action. Tickets will be on sale at the gate at R40 for adults and R15 for children under 12.
We will be posting regular updates on the games progression over our social media platforms as well, so follow us if you are unable to watch it live.
This was our first knockout competition for this match. It showed in the temperament of the match where there was a great physical contest that lasted 120 minutes. We played a good game all round and dominated the game comfortably.
We created numerous chances as always but our biggest challenge is converting the chances. Most of our offensive patterns were clear and prevalent in the match. Our build attack continued to appear structured. Our midfield linked well both in defending and joining attack at the right time. Our final third entries both wide and central were very clear and strong but the finishing was poor. There were countless chances throughout the 120 minutes.
Our biggest threat from the opponent was their direct approach where Chigova the goalkeeper was aiming for Anas the striker and they looked to play through second balls. We managed their approach very well. There were no goals until end of 90 minutes. We got our goal and only goal of the match in the extra time.
A hard fought victory and qualification to the next round of the tournament. We’ll be meeting the same opponent again in our next league fixture in seven days. Another physical battle looming but this time over three points.
G. ARR (1) et vs PLK CITY (0)
It took extra time to get a result in today’s Telkom Knockout fixture against Polokwane City at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.
We had an outstanding performance in both halves of full time this afternoon. The Starting XI produced some good attacking plays off solid defensive work as well as turn over ball in the mid field, but we were just not able to find that golden final play to find the back of the net.
We set a dominance in the game on all fronts, and were unlucky not to score. Mutizwa, Mshali and Makhubela had opportunities after receiving clean ball, however Polokwane seemed to pull out some last second defence to stop the chances.
The introduction of Sibeko gave a second wind to the team just before the 90 minute mark and going into the second half the positive play continued.
Sibeko played up the near side, into the box and took a tight shot at target. It deflected off a visiting defender and past Chigova for an own goal and the lead.
We managed to hold on and see the extra time out, clinging to the lead for the win.
A good all round performance from the team today that sees us progress to the next round of the competition.
We get our 2019 Telkom knockout campaign underway tomorrow as we take on Polokwane City at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.
Kick off, scheduled for 3pm, promises 90 minutes of action packed play as we take on the visitors from Polokwane in this seasons knockout competition.
The team is confident with the home fixture, and have had some time off to prepare well for the game. The squad have played a consistent game over their past three PSL fixtures, and are looking for an elusive win.
The Cup competition allows for a bit of a change in their game, an Saturday is an opportunity to give their all in the hunt for some silverware.
With the next PSL fixture again being against Rise and Shine, both teams will be looking to play a different game plan from normal, and this in itself should be grounds for an action packed game.
Polokwane City will be looking to secure a win and advance in the competition too. They have had mixed results in their last few games, and an opportunity to push forward in the Cup competition would be welcomed.
They can be unpredictable at times, and a change in their normal play could be on the cards as they look to unsettle us.
The game will be televised on SuperSport10 (SS10) and we will provide a play-by-play during the game, but we would like to call on our home support to get to the stadium and get behind the side.
We have dropped 3 points this evening at FNB Stadium against Kaizer Chiefs.
In what looked to be an equal footed game in the first 10 minutes, we gave the hosts their first opportunity to score as Billiat dragged a shot wide from the right.
The Glamour Boys were then awarded a penalty as Billiat took a shot into the box. Dube, defending, had an arm out and the referee blew against him awarding the hosts an opportunity to take the lead.
Cardoso stepped to the spot and put the home side into the lead.
We had a number of well executed attacking plays. Lunga, Sibeko and Mutizwa did well linking up on attack but the chances we created were just not good enough to create the gaps to score before the break.
Coming back onto the pitch in the second 45, we once again countered well against a confident home side. we created better chances to score but it was Chiefs who were gifted their second goal after Sibisi scored an own goal in the 60th minute.
The boys fought back hard, and did create a number of good chances, however it was just not to be our night. Mutizwa had a good chance to pull one back, but put the sitter over the bar.
The team have a couple of weeks to pull together and work on the part of the game where we are lacking before we face Polokwane City at home on the 26th October.
We knew it was going to be a tricky match. It needed a sober mind and clear thinking. We started very well and scored two goals on transition from Mutizwa to make it 2:0.
The opponent tried to sit in a block but we managed to unlock them by playing over the top using our speed in attack. There was little problems in the first half and went to half time leading 2:0, playing a good possession and pressing game.
The second half started and we still kept our structure. The opponent introduced another striker with aerial prowess and we decided to add a central defender. It was at that moment of switch when we lost concentration and conceded the first goal to be 2:1.
We could not settle and a long diagonal ball in the center of the defense was missed by the keeper and the striker (Moon) scored their second goal to make it 2:2.
We had committed two basic errors and surrendered our lead. We then changed and played 3:3:4 to chase the game. We played our usual possession and attacking football, created a few more chances but lacked the killer instinct.
We drew the match 2:2 and dropped 2 valuable points. One of the key areas to improve with our team is a better mindset and also attitude of remaining respectful throughout the match till we win.
Our next assignment is in two days against KAIZER Chiefs in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
It was a game of two halves this afternoon at Sugar Ray Xulu stadium as we played to a draw with Stellenbosch FC.
Coming into the game and playing a strong attacking game in the first half,we kept the visitors on the back foot.
This saw Mutizwa getting his brace off two similar goals after being played into position off long balls. This forced Dr Jong off his line in defence and opened up his goals, allowing us to take full advantage of the situation.
Going into the break 2 goals up looked promising for us. This however was not the case in the second half.
Stellenbosch FC came out of the break looking fired up. They attacked from kick off and were not allowing us time on the ball.
Their attacking play payed off in the 60th minute with their first goal and then the equaliser just 3 minutes later.
We pulled together and attacked more in the last 15 minutes, creating chances, but just not being given space to capitalise on them.
Not the result we were hoping for as we head off to play Kaizer Chiefs on Tuesday, however still a point to add to the seasons tally.
We host newcomers Stellenbosch FC at the Sugar Ray Xulu tomorrow afternoon in our weekends ABSA Premiership game.
With having had positive results at home so far, we will be looking at collect 3 points against Stellenbosh.
While the visitors have yet to secure a victory this season, no assumptions can be made that they will be an easy defeat come 3pm kick off.
Our attacking play has seen us come back from some close defeats, and should we continue this style of play, could see us with a decent goal haul.
Stellenbosch have played some close encounters this season. They have drawn against Chippa United, Maritzburg United and most recently Black Leopards, while losing narrowly to Cape Town City. Their two biggest defeats have come against Bidvest Wits and Bloemfontein Celtic.
The game will be televised on SS10 and covered on our social media channels. We would however like to have our supporters in the stands to get behind the team for the game.
A very difficult match to a CTC team that always wants to play from the back with lots of capable technical players. Their profile of is not far from our profile. Both teams showed lots of similarities. The glaring one was the high pressing game where the team in possession lost the ball and immediately applied pressure to stop possible counter attacks. We were more aggressive in our pressing game. We pressed till the last minute. A sign that our team is well conditioned.
In moments where we needed to play, we played good attacking football. We finished the first half with no problems except composure in our finishing. We also lacked the ability to counter efficiency where possible and we were too forgiving when we had a good opportunity to counter. We ended the first half 0:0.
The second half started very well and we had two great opportunities the first five minutes but failed to score. The opponent had a rare opportunity when a cross got delivered in the box and Erasmus converted to make 1:0. We kept playing our way without panic and looked convincing.
We made changes to effect the game, Venter for Sibiya, Sibeko for Lamola and Mutizwa for Gumede. We managed to pull an equalizer when Sibeko pulled wide on the left and left defenders behind, only to be fouled inside the box for penalty. Mutizwa made it 1:1.
The team showed great mental fortitude, good physical condition.
We played good football and created enough chances to win the match but wasn’t to be.
Determination from the team saw us claim a point away from home with just 10 minutes left to play in this afternoons game against Cape Town City.
From the first whistle, we looked confident in play and managed a number of attacking movements against the home side.
We did well to get behind the defence but just failed to execute the final touches to score, creating a number of strong chances that were well defended by the City defenders and the keeper.
We should have gone into the break with at least a goal lead, but it was not to be.
Our defence did well against The Citizens, Mathiane and Sibisi were on the whole solid at the back and Parusnath did well to play out of position.
After the break, we continued defending the home sides attack and were unfortunate to concede in the 52nd minute.
The boys did not drop their heads, but rather fought to create chances. With Sibeko, Mutizwa and Venter coming on in the half to continue the pace attack we were showing, we kept the pressure on the home side.
With just 8 minutes of official time left, Sibeko played into the box from the far side. City’s player Seedat fouled him and Referee Gomes awarded a penalty.
Mutizwa kept his cool and converted for the equaliser with minutes left to play.
A solid fight back from the boys and a well earned point away.
Next week weekend we host Stellenbosch FC at home, and would love to see our home supporters at Sugar Ray Xulu stadium.
We travel to Cape Town this weekend to face Cape Town City in our 6th ABSA premiership League game of the season. Kick off is on Sunday afternoon at 15h00.
Head Coach, Steve Komphela will be keen to secure points away from home and maintain a positive point haul. His first objective for the season was to secure 10 points from the first 5 games, and while not pleased about coming up short, has set the same objectives for the next five games.
This will bolster a solid foundation to work from while keeping the club in contention for a Top 8 finish come the end of the season.
Cape Town City, under the guidance of Benni McCarthy, will be wanting to secure home points. They currently sit just 10th on the log and have secured just a single win so far this season. The remainder of their points come from 3 draws.
The Citizens will be wanting to take advantage of their home advantage, and will not be serving points on a platter come Sunday afternoon.
The game will be televised on SS4 and we will be posting on the game on our social media channels.
The match, a derby as it was had all the ingredients of it. Due to the international break, Lunga and Mutizwa were rested and Lamola and Nkombelo got the start. We had good control of the first half. We dominated play and created the most chances. Most of the entries were from our right and all we needed was a good final pass and and clinical finishing. Our build up play was cohesive and were solid in defense. We took the lead in the 36th minute through a Sibiya penalty after Lamola was fouled from entry from the right. The score was 1:0. We were comfortable in all departments and proceedings till end of first half. We could have increased the lead to 2:0 but Lamola lacked composure to finish.
The second half was not as comfortable as the first even though there was more energy and physical exertion to die the Amazulu change of game plan. There were more explosive actions and fact that we were not in good control the opponent got a penalty in the 58th minute. The score was 1:1. Both teams were clearly eager to play for a result but unfortunately it wasn’t to be. We had a few chances in the second half as well but we wasted them. Phiri had a great strike at goal and the keeper was alert to concede a corner.
The match ended 1:1. We had a target of ten points out of five matches. We short of two points and are starting another group of five where we need ten. Our next opponent is Cape Town City in Cape Town.
We shared the spoils with AmaZulu in this afternoons Durban Derby at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.
In what was a game of two halves, we dominated the first 45 minutes, keeping our opponents on the back foot and pressing up on the wings to get attacking ball into the last third.
This game plan worked well, with Sibiya and S.Dube pushing up well and feeding some clean balls to the box. We were unfortunate on a number of occasions not to benefit from the play.
It was off one of these attacking moves that Lamola was bought down in the box, and the referee awarded a penalty to us.
Sibiya converted the opportunity to give a lead heading into the break.
The second half of the game was dominated by AmaZulu who seemed to be determined to claw back the lead from us. They managed to retain a lot of ball and made a number of attacking plays.
We too defended a little to hard, and conceded a penalty as Ntuli was taken down in the box.
He made no mistake in converting and equaled the score with just 15 minutes of play left.
With neither teams managing to convert chances created in the last quarter of the game, we had to be content with a draw and a point from the afternoons action.
The team will return to training in preparation for our away game against Cape Town City next Sunday being their top priority.
Tomorrow sees us host the home Durban Derby game against AmaZulu FC for the 2019/20 season.
It’s an important game for us on many fronts, the first being that we will be wanting to maintain our unbeaten streak at home for the season.
Having beaten Maritzburg United in the opening game of the season, then seeing off Chippa United in our second home game, Steve Komphela and his charges will be eager to maintain a winning home streak.
Accumulating home points will help build a strong foundation for the season and this is an important aspect of the seasons targets.
AmaZulu, as always, will be wanting to secure a win in the Derby. They will be under more pressure to perform for their fans after securing just a point from 4 games so far in the season.
They will see this game as an opportunity to secure maximum points and keep the fans happy.
Ticksts are available at the gates and will cost R40 for adults, and just R15 for kids under 12.
We would like to encourage the green and gold army to get to Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in numbers and get behind the side.
The Diski side head to Cape Town to take on Cape Town City at Malta Park tomorrow.
The side have performed well so far this season, but lacked in their defence and conceded goals. This has seen them on the back foot so far, but they remain positive going forward in the season.
Cape Town City have won two of their encounters and lost one to accumulate 6 points so far this season.
They are a fighting side who are wanting to contend for the top berth this season.
The game is not a televised game, but we will post the score of the game as we go tomorrow.
We were playing a good opponent who unfortunately had not been getting results even though playing good fast paced football. We needed to deny them the space in wide areas and also control their two holding midfielders. Our defensive structure was very solid and only needed us to connect well after regaining possession. We had a good chance to take the lead when Sibisi missed a header. The opponent had very little chance to get behind our defense. Our midfield worked extremely hard to protect the defence and we went to half time at 0:0.
The second continued in the same way except more clarity given at half time regarding the second layer of attack positioning. We also didn’t take full advantage of the free kicks we got. We had yet another opportunity to take the lead when we successfully came out and Phiri crosses for Sibiya who wasted the opportunity to finish a swift counter attacking move. A few changes that were made were purely to freshen the team because structurally, we looked very good throughout the match. At the end the match was drawn 0:0 even though we had the better chances. Our next opponent is Amazulu in 14 days.
We shared the points tonight in Soweto with a nil-nil draw against Orlando Pirates.
With the home side dominating in both possession and field play for the majority of the 90 minutes, we were forced to play a defensive game with few scoring opportunities.
We were only going to score off either a quick counter play or a set piece and were unlucky not to get an opener in the 19th minute as Sibisi put a header attempt over the bar.
The Buccaneers managed to keep the ball at their boots for the majority of the time and attacked from a number of angles.
We had to defend heavily at the back and there were a number of plays that saw us clearing the ball off the line in what seemed like sure fire chances for the Soweto giants.
Mathiane lead by example tonight and showed why he wears the captains armband.
We did have a couple of opportunities in the second half. The best of which was when Sibiya took a well directed shot at goals. It dipped well, but Sandilands managed to help it over the bar.
Sibanda made a telling save late in the game as he made a finger tip save off an Orlando Pirates free kick.
At the end of the day, a point on the road and a decent result for the team.
We return to Durban to prepare for the Durban Derby next month against AmaZulu at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.
We head to Orlando Stadium tomorrow night for our last fixture of the month as we take on Orlando Pirates at 19h30.
After a confidence boost with the win on Saturday against Chippa United, the team are looking forward to facing off in their mid-week game in Soweto.
The performance over the weekend was a turn around both defensively and on attack from the second round of the competition and should the boys keep up the level of game, they have a great chance of returning home with another three points.
Orlando Pirates will want to secure the home win. They have secured just four points from the first three games of the season.
The Buccaneers started the season with a win against Bloem Celtic but have since lost to Highlands Park, and in their last outing drew with AmaZulu at King Zwelithini Stadium.
The game should be an interesting one to watch, and support will be welcomed at Orlando Stadium.
We will be doing a play-by-play on the game, so follow us on social media for updates on the game. The game will also be live on SuperSport 4 (channel 204)
We played this match under difficult circumstances after the 5:0 away accidental loss to Celtic. We had ten days to work on the players moral and confidence. We also paid more attention to our defensive organization and it showed in the Chippa match.
We tried different central pairings at the back and we settled for Mathiane and Sibisi. We defended the opponent very well and scored the opening goal via Sibiya after a good combination with Makhubela. The score was 1:0. Even though we didn’t start as good as we wished. After the goal, we grew in confidence and finished the first half very strong.
In the dressing room we declared that the worse result in the second half should be to draw the half but our desire was to win it as well. The opponent started by bringing in two wide players and pushed us deeper into our half. We adapted quickly and regained our superiority.
As we were in ascendency with seven minutes to go, the opponent were awarded a dubious penalty and equalized from there. After the opponent goal, we had a chance when Mutizwa went one on one with the goalkeeper but missed. Within a minute, a second chance was created when Sabelo crosses from the left and Mutizwa headed the ball goal bound but hit the upright, quickly reacted to finish the chance and made it 2:1.
The opponent had no chance to bounce back and we won the match 2:1. This was our second win at home. A confidence boost after the CELTICS disaster.
We preparing to face a wounded Orlando Pirates away at Orlando Stadium in four days.
A late goal in extra time secured the game for us this afternoon against Chippa United.
It was a game of two halves that saw us dominating play in the first 45 minutes and putting the visitors under pressure from impress attacking plays up the flanks. Both Sibiya and Lunga put pressure on the Chippa defence a number of times, with S.Dube doing the same from the opposite side of the field.
The atacking play paid off in the 31st minute with Sibiya striking the ball well, keeping it low. It curved in towards the goal, catching Tignyemb off guard, struck the far post and bounced into the goals.
A well fought for goal to take the team into the break with a lead.
Coming out of the change rooms, it seemed to be Chippa who were fighting for the domaination on the field. They had a number of attacking plays that were well defended by Mathiane and Sibisi at the back.
We conceded a penalty after a hand ball in the box, which Komane converted to equalise the scores with just 10 minutes of regulation play left.
A solid final fight back from us left Mutizwa looking deflated as he missed an easy shot on goal, but instead of accepting defeat, he fought back and managed to guide the ball into the net to clinch a win for the side just 3 minutes into extra time.
A good performance for the side today. They showed fight and character in all aspects of their game.
The win will also give us confidence ahead of our game in just 4 days time against Orlando Pirates in Johannesburg.
We get our weekend underway tomorrow afternoon with our third ABSA Premiership game against Chippa United. Kick off at 3pm, Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.
After a break in the league games for the MTN8, we have had some time to pull together and work on our game plan for tomorrows fixture.
The technical staff and players have been working closely together as they look to bounce back in the 2019/20 campaign.
We will be looking for 3 points at home and to add to the foundation of the campaign.
Chippa United will be looking to secure their first win of the season after playing to two draws so far this season.
Clinton Larsen has been reported to be expecting ‘his players to fight for every inch’ on the field, and is not expecting the game to be an easy one.
The game should be an action packed encounter, so get to the stadium to experience it live.
Tickets will be available at the stadium at R40 for adults and R15 for kids under 12. Gates open at 12:00
The Diski team take on SuperSport United at home on Sunday 25 August in the third game of the Multichoice Diski Challenge.
The team has grown in confidence since kicking off their season and after losing to Kaizer Chiefs in their first outing, did well to fight back against Bloem Celtic last weekend, but eventually losing 3-1 after equalising.
The home game could give the side the added confidence they need as they look for their first win for the season.
SuperSport United have not yet lost a game, and will be looking to continue on their positive road on Sunday.
In their first game they did well against Maritzburg United, with a convincing win at Harry Gwala Stadium. Their second encounter saw them draw against Stellenbosch FC.
Entry to the game is free, so get to the stadium and come and watch the youngsters in action at Sugar Ray Stadium at 12pm on Sunday.
The Diski team take to the field again on Sunday with an away game against Bloem Celtic at Dr Molemela Stadium.
After having a shaky start to the season last weekend against Kaizer Chiefs, the team has been working on a number of different aspects to improve their game ahead of Sundays encounter.
It was a pressurised baptism into the folds of professional football for the youngsters, and one compacted by the fact that it was a Festival that they played their first game.
This weekends game will be a more intimate affair and should be better handled when it comes to nerves.
Bloemfontein Celtic will also be looking for their first win of the season after losing 3-0 in their opening game. Having home advantage could give them an upper hand but our players and technical team will hopefully have prepared for this in their game plan.
We look forward to a positive result and wish the youngsters well in the weekends game.
One of the most difficult and embarrassing matches to understand because of the outcome. The team performed very well creating numerous opportunities only to be denied by the goalkeeper.
We had the worst start, almost similar to Sundowns last season in Pretoria. We concede a goal in 45” after start of the match, when Dube played the ball behind our midfield in build attack and the opponent went straight to our goals and Mabena scored to make it 1:0.
The second goal was yet another mistake where we failed to guard the near post and were punished to a 2:0. We then took a decision to make a sub and chase the game. Indeed after the replacement of S.Dube by Mutizwa, another striker we immediately got three clear cut opportunities from Venter, the deflected shot, keeper made a brilliant save.
Mutizwa had two one on ones with the keeper. Yet again the keeper made great saves. A game of football is cruel. You miss your chances, the opponent is ruthless, you pay the price. We did in this match. All the goals we conceded were pure elementary defensive errors and we failed to convert our own clear cut chances.
We had better chances than the opponent but the opponent took their half chances and we failed. The errors were the same even in goal four and five.
The center of our defense made the worse error in the fourth and fifth we could not deal with defending the far post. We played a great game but committed cardinal mistake and the opponent on the day was precise while their goalkeeper had a man of the match performance.
The biggest challenge is to learn from this result and work on the players’ confidence and moral. Our next match is CHIPPA Utd at home.
A well executed game plan from Bloemfontein Celtic this afternoon kept us on the back-foot from kick off and did not allow us to get into the action.
From kick off, the home side pushed up behind the defence and scored within the opening minute to open their account against us.
For the full 90 minutes, we were closed down on the attack and punished for the mistakes we made on the field.
Celtic countered quickly and used the ball and possession well.
An early change in the first half, bringing Mutizwa onto the attack, created a number more chances for us, but the Celtic keeper played out of his boots to keep a clean sheet, and his team on a positive path in the game.
With the break coming up, the side will have some time to correct the mistakes made this afternoon before we face Chippa United on the 24th at home.
We did not have the desired start to the Multichoice Diski season this afternoon with a 4-1 loss to Kaizer Chiefs at King Zwelithini Stadium.
The game plan for us was to try and retain possession and put pressure on the visitors. Kaizer Chiefs game plan countered this from the beginning as they pushed the ball long and high over our defence, creating gaps and chances to score.
We managed to open the scoring however in the 38th minute after a failed header from Dube was lobbed back into the box and Nala headered the ball into the back of the net.
Amakhosi responded just two minutes later as Milazi nudged the ball into the back of the net. Team mate Hoala then scored from the opposite side only three minutes after that to go into the break a goal ahead.
Returning after the break, we tried to change our method of attack, but could just not get into a position to cause any major threat. Nala almost had a second chance to score and Dube pushed into the box behind the Chiefs defence, but was closed down quickly.
The game was over for us after Milazi got his brace and then Bunting converted a penalty in the 65th minute. The inexperienced players were just not able to turn the game around from this.
There is a lot to build on from the game, and the technical staff have a bit of work to do ahead of next weekends game against Bloem Celtic next weekend at Dr. Molemela Stadium
Our second round of ABSA Premiership action takes place on Sunday as we face Bloemfontein Celtic at Dr Molemela Stadium at 15h00.
After a 3 point win in the opening weekend of the competition against Maritzburg United, Coach Steve Komphela could be looking at using the new players in the side again after promising performances from the debutantes.
The players executed the game plan well in the season opener, but there was room for improvement on converting the chances created.
The team look positive ahead of Sundays clash and are looking to bag another 3 points in the competition and build up steam for the seasons objectives.
Bloemfontein Celtic started off with a tough fixture against Orlando Pirates, and battled to perform against the Soweto Powerhouse. After 90 minutes they went down 3-1 with Mahashe scoring their lone goal just minutes before the half time break.
They will be looking to secure some points, and will be hoping to walk away the victors at home on Sunday.
The game will be televised live on SS4. We will also cover the game across our social media platforms should you be unable to watch.
Diski action kicks off this weekend with a Diski festival at King Zwelithini Stadium.
We take on Amakhosi in the first game of the extended season being called ‘It’s Massive’, that sees teams playing each other both home and away.
We get the whole season underway with this game that kicks off at 12pm on Saturday.
Another season first for the Diski sides is that only u-21 players will be eligable to play in the tournament.
Local support would be great, and tickets are available from King Zwelithini stadium from 13h00 today.
All matches in the festival will also be broadcast on SS4 and SS10.
Get to Umlazi and come and see some new local talent in action.
The result was a great start to the season after coming out of six weeks of preseason preparation. We had five debutantes in our team, who performed well on the day. We played well beginning of the match and defended sensibly. We went to half time well in control except moments where the opponent looked to play over the top behind our wingbacks.
We also dealt with the aerial challenge from Moseamedi their top striker. We started with a positive goal injection right at the beginning second half. Gumede received a lobbed ball behind the defence from restart and calmly played the ball over the goalkeeper. Exactly what we work on at training. Something we highlighted as we were leaving the dressing room.
After the goal we had problems controlled he Game as the opponent kept pushing to find an equalizer. We defended very well with lots of bravery and commitment. We dealt with the many corners we conceded where under circumstances we would have conceded. A great start to the beginning of the season. We looking forward to our next match against Celtic in Bloemfontein.
After a goalless first half, it took just 30 seconds of the second half for Michael Gumede to open his scoring account for the team.
This was to be the only goal in a well contested match this afternoon at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium between the KZN rivals.
The first half of the game provided some entertaining football, with both sides working hard to secure possession and playing into attacking positions, but neither were able to capitalise on their chances.
Coming out after the break, Gumede connected a lob from the near side of the field well and found the back of the net.
The second half was high paced and entertaining. Maritzburg United seemed determined to equalise, but some solid defending from the team saw off their attack.
Both the players and the coaching staff will be happy with the 3 points earned today, but will proabably be looking at the game and deciding on whats needed to change to convert more chances as they prepare for next weekends game against Bloemfontein Celtic
We kick of the 2019/20 season with a home KZN Derby against Maritzburg United tomorrow afternoon.
After a positive pre season campaign the team is positive ahead of the clash, which kicks off at 3pm, Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.
The Derby game is always an important fixture in our calendar and the team is looking to continue in their winning record against the Team of Choice.
Last season we were victorious against the team of choice on both occassions.
The team is eager to continue the winning streak and secure 3 points in the opening game of the season.
Tickets are available at the stadium at R40 for adults and R15 for kids u12.
Goals from Romario Dlamini and newly signed Michael Gumede secured the title of 2019 Premier’s Cup champs for us this afternoon.
After an entertaining game this morning, that saw us win 3-0 over Uthongathi FC, the team seemed positive about their pre-season training and fitness.
Coach Steve Komphela took the opportunity to further test some player combinations and on the whole seemed satisfied with the teams efforts.
Keeping two clean sheets in the competition was positive. In the first game Sibanda made his presence known with some well executed saves and Gumede gave a consistant 90 minutes in the final.
After going into the break of the final at 0-0 the boys came back in the second half and were explosive on the ball from the whistle.
We played some well executed attacking movements and were just not managing to find the finishng touches.
Just 5 miutes in we had the first breakthrough with Dlamini converting a well delivered cross.
Ten minutes later, Gumede doubled the lead.
A solid effort from the team and some entertaining football.
The team will continue preparations for the seasons opening game next Sunday against Maritzburg United this week.
Our u17 team are currently on their mid season break which happens in conjunction with the July school holidays.
The youngsters have performed quite well in the SAFA Durban central League so far and sit 3rd on the log.
They have achieved this after 8 games, having 6 wins,suffering 2 loses.
KZN Academy are top of the log with a 9 point lead, but have played an extra 2 games more then us. We are confident of our ability to secure 3 points from each of the encounters.
The remainder of the season promises to be exciting as the team will fight for the top birth on the league table.
The remainder of the log is as follows
Our pre-season preparations continued this week with a series of tests being done with the players to asses different aspects of their agility, recovery and power.
Yesterday the players started the testing session with a body composition test. The main objective of this test is to determine fat percentage and to build a diet and exercise regime around this going forward.
Flexibility of the players was tested with a ‘sit and reach test and a vertical jump test checked the ‘off the mark’ power of the players.
A speed session was then carried out with players taking part in 10m and 30m sprints. Their Anaerobic power was then put to the test with a repeated sprint test.
Todays session will include the following. ‘Functional movement screening’ which is determined through 7 different tests, the players agility will be determined through the arrow head tests and then recovery with be tested by using the ‘yo-yo intermittent test’
All of these will help to set up effective and personalised training schedules for each player in order to to achieve optimum performance for when the season kicks off on the 04th August against Maritzburg United.
Rivalry at a football club does not stop when the first team have their off season, as we have junior teams that play their season during this period.
This weekend sees a double header Derby weekend with the u17 side taking on AmaZulu FC both on Saturday 22 June and Sunday 23 June in their league in the morning.
Saturday’s game sees our youngsters hosting AmaZulu at the outer fields at Moses Mabhida stadium, and then on Sunday we play amazulu again at Siripat
Both games will be played at 10h15 in the morning.
Our u17 side has performed well so far in the season, having won 5 of their 6 games, while losing to KZN Academy on a close 2-1 scoring game.
If you would like to catch some of the young players in action, get to either of the fixtures and show your support.
What is your off season training schedule like? Do you exercise every day?
LL: It’s not as intense as the usual training done during season after all I am on holiday, but i do make sure I keep my fitness up by training 3 times a week
How did you get into soccer?
LL: It started at a young age as a young boy from the village. I saw it as something that kept me busy and away from trouble. When I got to matric that’s when I really started to enjoy soccer for the sport it is.
Who were some soccer role models you looked up to when you were growing up?
LL: Jerry Skhosana is the 1st mentor I looked up to. He was my coach in the Vodacom League and he is the coach that built me into the player I am, even teaching me the step over was a skill I perfected from him.
Who is the sports icon that has influenced you the most in your career?
LL: It still remains Jerry Skhosana.
Do you have a special routine or superstition before you play a game?
LL: I have been taught at a young age by my grandmother that the most important thing to do everyday is to pray no matter what the outcome is I always make sure to pray and ask God for guidance before every game.
What do you do on your off time? Do you have a hobby?
LL: The most important thing I do is give time to my family as they live in Joburg and i am Durban, so most of my time is spent with them. We have just come back from the Kruger from a mini holiday.
Another thing close to my heart which I do every year is a tournament called the ‘Lerato Lamola Winter Games’ under the the Lerato Lamola Foundation. It’s a way I give back to the community by hosting a soccer tournament which the main aim is collecting school shoes and pads for the kids in the community of Ivory Park and Mapela in Limpopo as a way to say thank you.
How would you like to be remembered in the game?
LL: I would like to be remembered as a player who played fair football, someone who never gave up on my dream of playing soccer despite the age that I started playing professional football and for scoring goals.
Who is your favourite team mate and why?
LL: Matome Mathiane! We have played together from ABC Motsepe League /Vodacom League and continued our friendship. Since then he has become more like a brother then a friend or teammate.
Which coach has had the biggest impact on your game, and why?
LL: I wouldn’t be able to pick one because each coach that has coached me has taught me something new and each had a impact on the player I am today
The squad returned to training today ahead of the 2019/2020 season. The players all look to have retained their fitness levels and will go through a rigorous assessment over the next two weeks to determine where we need to improve on their skills and fitness in the pre-season period.
The coaching staff have complied an extensive program that will see the players put through a strict first week training that will form the foundation of endurance raining for the season. This will help to improve on match fitness as well as recovery rates of the players.
The sessions that the lads will be taking part in will be carried on on the field, in the gym as well as a number of beach sessions.
Over the next couple of weeks, the fitness of players who were carrying injuries will also be assessed and training routines will be implemented to make sure that they will be match ready when the season starts in 7 weeks time.
What is your off season training schedule like? Do you exercise every day?
DV: I practice 3 times in a week. The 1st day of my schedule is core training as well as injury prevention exercises.
How did you get into soccer?
DV: My PSL career started in the 2009/2010 season when coach Clinton Larsen recruited me to Bloemfontein Celtics.
Who were some soccer role models you looked up to when you were growing up?
DV: I liked watching Steven Pienaar a lot and Kaka from Brazil.
Who is the sports icon that has influenced you the most in your career?
DV: Tefu Mashamaite, he has a good work ethic on the field.
Do you have a special routine or superstition before you play a game?
DV: My special routine before each and every game is calling my mother and listening to deep rap music to calm my nerves.
What do you do on your off time? Do you have a hobby?
DV: I usually watch movies and just relax on my off days. I don’t have a hobby.
How would you like to be remembered in the game?
DV: I would like to be remembered as a person that loved his job and gave 100% at each and every training session and game.
Who is your favourite team mate and why?
DV: Lerato Lamola and Nduduzo Sibiya. They welcomed me very well in the team and made it easier for me to get used to the city.
This weekend sees the annual #WeAreOneFestival taking place at Princess Magogo Stadium on both Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June.
With a wide variety of activities taking place over the two day period, from a fun walk to a day of music, there is sure to be some entertainment for all of the family.
The weekend kicks off on Saturday 15 June with the Jeff Radebe Fun Walk from Rydavale grounds in Phoenix to Princess Magogo, in which the former minister will take part.
Upon arrival at the Princess Magogo stadium there will be a 45 minute aerobics session rounded off with the following activities
Phoenix LFA vs Kwamashu LFA (11:00)
Newlands Gogo’s vs Kwa Mashu Gogo’s (12:30)
Media game (Ukhozi vs Media) 13:00
Amazulu U19 vs Royal Eagles U19 (14:00)
Lamontville Golden Arrows legends vs Amazulu legends (15:00)
Sunday 16 June sees a music festival at the Stadium with a wide variety of performers taking part including DJ Oros, Mondli Mzizi and other
The festival is a social cohesion project aimed at breaking racial walls between the Inanda, Ntuzuma, KwaMashu, Phoenix and Newlands Communities.
Get to Princess Magogo Stadium this weekend to enjoy this amazing initiative.
What is your off season training schedule like? Do you exercise every day?
MM: It is important to keep your fitness up. Although I dont train every day I do have a strict schedule that sees me training on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
How did you get into soccer?
MM: I got in to soccer while I was still young. When i was 8, my dad was playing soccer, he used to take me with to his games and that ignited the fire and passion in me for the game.
Who were some soccer role models you looked up to when you were growing up?
MM: Definately Lucas Rhoo Radebe and Doctor Khumalo
Who is the sports icon that has influenced you the most in your career?
MM: Tefu Mashamaite, he has a good work ethic on the field.
Do you have a special routine or superstition before you play a game?
MM: I dont have any superstitions, but I do put everything to God and pray for blessings and protection before anything.
What do you do on your off time? Do you have a hobby?
MM: I enjoy reading reading books and also like to motivate school kids in their lives.
How would you like to be remembered in the game?
MM: I would like to be remembered as that special player who’s always there to protect and encourage other players while being a good leader to them
Who is your favourite team mate and why?
MM: Thats got to be Siyabonga Dube. He is always committed to his job and respectseach and every team mate.
Which coach has had the biggest impact on your game, and why?
MM: Serame Letsoaka. He was like a father to every player and a good motivator. He allowed us to express ourselves.
Our Reserve side concluded their 2019 season over the weekend, playing their final two games in the SAB League.
After playing 11 games, winning 7, drawing 2 and only losing 2 games, we finished on 23 points, Just 3 points behind Khawastan FC who finished top of the log
While not progressing to the playoff section of the competition, Coach Lindani Shezi feels positive about the level of players and is happy with the overall results in a season that has had its own share of difficulties.
‘It’s been a great season and we have promising young players who are the future of the team as our main aim is to develop. Winning the league will be a bonus. Its doesn’t make sense to win at the end forgetting the purpose of development.’
‘And it was a tough short season as we were playing 2 games a week which was demanding on the young players. I was happy to achieve what we did.’
‘Next season we will have a better season as now we have a solid foundation, as well as having players who will do well for our MDC team.’
With some of these young players coming through our ranks over the years, it will be great to see some of the aspiring talent progressing into next seasons MultiChoice Diski Side.
Our Reserve side have been doing well in the SAB Central Stream F league and are aiming at toppling Khawastan FC to win the Stream and proceed to the next stage of thier competition.
Sitting second on the log with equal points to Khawastan FC who are at the top of the table,only thing that differs is the goal difference. The team have a chance to proceed to the following stage of the competition if we finish top of the log.
They have achieved this standing by winning 6 of their 8 games, drawing 1 and losing just 1 to accumulate 19 points.
In the next stage, all teams who have won their respective streams, play off against each other to represent the Ethekwini region in Provincial play offs.
The two winning teams in the final part of the competition, win promotion to the ABC Motsepe League.
The Diski Shield final went down to the wire this afternoon, with a penalty from Siboniso Conco clinching the game before full time.
An explosive first 45 saw Mamelodi Sundowns open the scoring in the 3rd minute after Conco won the ball, passed it back, but the ball was intercepted at the back and Khomotjo Rachoene took his opportunity, struck the ball well and found the back of the net.
The team never sat back and accepted their position and fought back from the restart. After a number of plays into the final third Siboniso Conco then managed to get behind the defence and took his shot, beating Jayvin Chislom and equalising the score.
The remainder of the half way an end to end affair. Both teams created a number of scoring opportunities but neither was able to extend the lead before the break
Returning for the second 45, both sides tapped off on the pace of the game and seemed to be more conservative in their approach to the game. Still, neither were able to find the back of the net.
Both keepers had a number of great saves to keep their teams in contention, and Sundowns were unlucky when a shot hit the upright.
Frustration on the field from all of the players was evident and this started showing in the number of free kicks being conceded. In the 88th minute though, Siboniso Conco was bought down in the box. The referee awarded a penalty and Conco stepped up to the 12 yard mark.
He made no mistake with his shot and secured the late win and title for the team.
Thank you to all who were at the stadium to support the team, it was an amazing atmosphere to be around and the club and team would like to extend their thanks for the support shown.
After playing a goalless first half, it took just one minute of play in the second half for Bidvest Wits to open their account and hold on for the full 90 minutes to dash our hopes of a Top 8 finish for the season.
The first half saw some quick explosive paced play from both sides. The game plan looked similar from both teams. Each tried getting behind the defence and then attacking. The plan did not seem to work for either side, and although exciting play for the spectators, the frustration was evident from the players.
Returning to field after the break, it took just a minute for Mhango to find the back of the net. Wits were awarded a free kick on the far side of the field. They played it up the wing, put a cross into the middle and Mhango found himself in enough space to take the shot.
We fought hard to find an equaliser, and there were some great plays from us. But nothing we threw at the opposition created a clear cut chance for us.
Not the end to the season we were hoping for. But we live to fight another season in the PSL.
We would like to thank all of our supporters for your dedication to the team this season, and look forward to seeing you again for the 2019/20 one
The climax of the season takes place tomorrow afternoon as we take on Bidvest Wits at Princess Magogo Stadium at 3pm. An important encounter for us, and our last opportunity to try and secure a Top 8 finish in the season.
We will need to beat Bidvest Wits and hope that other results go our way as we look to bridge a two-point gap to eighth placed Highlands Park.
Steve Komphela will need to look at starting with an attacking 11 if we have a hope of achieving a Top 8 finish to the season.
The Clever Boys come off a win against Baroka FC and are keen to achieve as high a finish to the season as they can.
Currently sitting just 4 points below Orlando Pirates, a win away from home could see them finishing second on the log depending on the results of the other games today.
Gavin Hunt will be counting on their attack, which has kept them in contention for the greater deal of the season.
We appeal to our supporters to fill the stadium and get behind the team in their final push of the season.
We will be giving you a play by play feed on our social media platforms, so follow us if you want to keep up to date with the games proceedings.
The seasons work for the Diski team comes to a head on Sunday as they face Mamelodi Sundowns in the final of the shield competition at King Zwelithini Stadium. Kick off will be at 13h00.
The team has put the hard yards into the exciting cup style competition and are determined to walk away with the honours come 3pm on Sunday.
The team beat Chippa FC, AmaZulu FC and lost to Maritzburg United in the first stage of the competition, then ousted Orlando Pirates at Kanyamazane Stadium in the semi final to secure a berth in this weekends game.
Sundowns will be as eager to lift the Shield cup, last time we faced eachother in the competition. It was Sundowns who knocked us out in the Semi finals.
Entry is free and tickets can be collected at the stadium on Thursday and Friday, 09 & 10 May 2019 from 13h00.
A very bizarre and highly interesting match we played. We had the worst start of the season and conceded two goals within the first 6 minutes of the match even though the first goal was an offside. We failed to control our emotions and made serious technical errors and lost possession consistently while we kept slipping due to unplayable surface.
It took us a while to settle and as soon as we settled, we looked the known Golden Arrows unfortunately we were already two goals down. We finished the first half with more confidence and all that was needed was frequent final third entries to try get a goal. The first half finished at 2:0 but we were clearly on ascendancy.
We made a sub right at half time and changed our formation to a diamond midfield. We had good control of the second half, we created more chances even though not as clear cut. We kept good possession and varied our attack well. Our players played more as a team. The better second half failed to yield a result even though the opponent was put under severe pressure.
We had big ambitions of gaining three points and fall within the Top 8 bracket on the log. The defeat left us at position 10 from 29 matches with one match remaining. Our main objective is still to win our last home fixture and last match of the season against BIDVEST Wits on Saturday to try and attain a Top 8 position.
Two goal in the first 6 minutes of the game was enough to seal a victory for Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Stadium tonight.
Coming out of the blocks firing,Sundowns caught us on the back foot and struck within the first three minutes of play. In what looked like a play that saw Kekana score from an off side position, this set the mood of the game for the first ten minutes. We failed to consolidate the defence and Sundowns took advantage of this.
Just two minutes later we allowed Zwane into space and the home side extended their lead.
The team seemed to pull themselves together, doing a better job turning over the ball in the mid field and feeding Lunga on the line. He managed to create a number of plays that saw some good delivery to the box, but we were unable to create any definate threat in the first 45.
Returning to the field after the break, we seemed to look more composed. We created a number of chances but were unable to find the target once we got a shot off. With only 3 shots on target we never challenged Onyango enough to turn the score.
We will return to Durban and prepare for the last game of the season against Bidvest Wits. the game will be played at Princess Magogo Stadium, with kick off being at 15h00.
We appeal to our home support to get to the stadium in numbers and get behind the team in our last push to achieve a Top8 finish in the season.
We travel to Pretoria to take on Mamelodi Sundowns in our last away game of the 2018/19 season. The game will kick off tomorrow night at 19h30.
With the chase on for a Top 8 finish this season, the game is an important one for use to win. We are currently sitting at 10th place on the log, 2 points short of our season goal. Winning tomorrow nights encounter would place us in 8th position, just 1 point ahead of Highlands Park.
With 2 draws and 3 wins in our last 5 games, Coach Steve Komphela will be hoping that the team can keep up a positive momentum come game time.
Mamelodi Sundown will be throwing all of their attention on their last two games of the Premiership after bowing out of the CAF Champions League on Saturday afternoon. They are just a point off the top spot and can take a stand in the local competition with a win at home.
It is a do or die situation for both teams and sets the stage for a promising match.
The game will be televised live on SuperSport 4, with match build up starting at 19h00.
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The Diski team have secured their place in the 2018/19 final of the Diski Shield after beating Orlando Pirates this afternoon at Kanyamazane Stadium.
The first half of the game saw neither team managing to find the back of the net. Orlando Pirates seemed to have decided to spend the first 45 defending their goals and hoping to tire us out in the heat. We did well to get behind the defence, with Jingxi doing some exceptional work to get some pin-point crosses into the box.
Non of the opportunities could be capitalised on, although there were some close calls. Conco had a blistering shot at goals that hit the bar and Sabelo was denied after his attempt was tipped over the bar.
Coming back after the break, Pirates seemed to have changed their game plan and used their possession in more attacking play.
We were denied a penalty appeal after Nkomo took Conco down in the box, however we were on the end of a favourable decision in the 76th minute when he committed the same offence. Conco sent the keeper the wrong way and opened the scoring.
Minutes later, Sabelo tapped in for the second after running onto a ball put through into the box by Maphumulo. In the end, as well deserved win for the team.
We will now go through to the final of the competition on the 12 May at King Zwelithini Stadium where we will meet Mamelodi Sundowns to fight for the glory.
The match was always going to be very difficult to play because the opponent was fighting to survive relegation and we were fighting to move into Top 8 for the first time this season. We had a few suspensions and we had to withdraw S. Dube on the last minute due to an ankle injury.
We started very well and took the lead within first fifteen minutes when Mutizwa broke the line and got fouled by the goalkeeper. He converted the penalty to make it 1:0. Six minutes later he was fouled again outside the box and he converted the resulting free kick to make it 2:0.
The opponent drew one back shortly and the score was 2:1 till end of first half. The second half was a contested affair with very little to show. Our team played in patches and managed to deal with the direct balls played to a Eleazar Rodgers. It was only towards the end of the match where the opponent was more forceful and applied more pressure to try win the match but we were more concentrated and dealt with the threat.
The match ended 2:1 but still we couldn’t break into the Top 8 bracket because of the Celtic win against Kaizer Chiefs earlier on.
Our next two matches for the season are Mamelodi Sundowns in nine days and later to be followed by Bidvest Wits as the last of the season.
This Wednesday sees us taking part in the semi final of the 2018/19 Diski Shield competition against Orlando Pirates at Kanyamazane Stadium in Mpumalanga.
The game will kick off at 3pm on Workers Day.
This innovative competition is in its second year and is proving to be one enjoyed by all of the club reserve sides.
The youngsters road to the competition semi final saw them accumulate 6 points with 2 wins in their table. After AmaZulu tried hard in their final group game to try and take the lead on points difference, it eventually went down to our head to head result with them to determine who would progress to the semi finals.
We progressed to the semi’s last year before being knocked out by Mamelodi Sundowns, and are aiming to go to the final this year by knocking Orlando Pirates out on Wednesday.
When we met the Buccaneers in the Diski Challenge in September, we secured a win at Orlando Stadium with a 2-1 win over them, and are confident that the same result can be achieved.
Our opposition, Orlando Pirates are through to their first Shield semi final after having a closely contended group stage as well.
The semi finals will be played as a festival fixture which sees the days first game kicking off at 12h00 between SuperSport United and Mamelodi Sundowns.
The action will be live on SS4, but we will also be sharing the games progression over our social media platforms. So follow us and tune in if you are unable to watch the game.
A well deserved 3 points was collected at Princess Magogo Stadium as we beat Free State Stars 2-1 this afternoon.
All of the goals were scored in the first half, however, the action on field kept the spectators on the edge well into the 3 minutes of additional time at the end of the game.
Both teams made a slow start to the game, and it seemed to be more to try and determine the oppositions game plan. This didn’t last longer than 5 minutes though, and Free State Stars appeared to be trying to set some early dominance in play.
They missed a chance to take the lead after Rodgers fired and missed in the 10th minute. This seemed to rattle us awake and we quickly got back into the game and attacked with our possession.
In the 18th minute, Mutizwa, looking promising in the box, was hacked down by the Free State Stars keeper. We were awarded a penalty and Mutizwa made no mistake from the 12 yard mark.
Extending on the lead in the 25th minute, he then curled an amazing free kick over the wall and into the near post securing an early lead for the team.
Some undisciplined play then saw us lose our score advantage as Free State Stars were awarded a free kick. This was a well struck set piece from the edge of the area and Hlubi opened the scoring for his team.
The score remained 2-1 until full time but the second half of the game was action packed.
Ee Lla Koto came out of the change room looking lively. Jappie and Rodgers were linking up well, with Rodgers shooting a shot wide. The two players helped keep pressure on our defence while they searched for an equaliser.
Good defensive play as well as some great keeping from Mbaeva saw us through these periods of play.
We did have some opportunities that went begging. Mathenjwa and Mutizwa did well to keep on the attack, an try to find gaps to score, but we were just not able to extend the lead again.
Sabelo also had a chance to help wrap up the game in the 78th minute, but put his attempt over the bar.
The last minutes and extra time had to belong to Mbaeva for his keeping. The visitors well aware that they still had a sniff at a point bombarded the final third and threw all they had into trying to score.
Mbaeva kept his head though and had some amazing saves to help retain the 3 pointer for us.
We have a number of days now to prepare for our last away game of the season against Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus.
The u17 side start their 2019 season on Sunday with a home game against Isicelo Sports at Moses Mabhida Outer Fields. The game will get underway at 11am.
Speaking to the u17 coach, Coach Mude, he seems confident with the group of players he has this year and is looking forward to finishing higher on the table than last years forth place.
Coach thinks that the season will be a closely contended one between KZN Academy, AmaZulu and ourselves, but is not underestimating the other teams that he and his young players will face.
We look forward to the season under the guidance of Coach Mude and hope that we will see some youngsters with great potential coming into the development team.
We look to keep our Top 8 hopes alive as we face Free State Stars on Sunday at Princess Magogo Stadium at 3pm. An important fixture for both sides who will be fighting to secure maximum points from the game.
With a draw in our last match against Chiefs, and a crucial point from the game, the team will be now looking to build on that with home advantage. Scoring in 9 of our 10 last home games, we look to continuing in this form and taking the game to our Free State opponents.
Ea Lla Koto come off a draw with Bidvest Wits in their last fixture, but Hlubi and Rodgers have both found some form late in the season and have netted goals lately for their side.
Being only two points clear of 15th place on the log, our visitors need every point they can get to keep out of the relegation zone.
The encounter will be televised live on SS4 but we encourage you to get to the stadium, get behind the team and help encourage them in the drive to achieve a Top 8 finish.
A very challenging match in many ways, playing away to Chiefs at FNB stadium, we just lost in the semi-final to TS Galaxy and fighting to get into the Top 8 spot. The match was more mental than otherwise.
We had only one day to prepare the team and the opponent was more confident after winning 2:4 away to Chippa in the semifinal. We started well and it was clear the opponent were playing a diamond shaped midfield looking to stretch our central defenders to allow deep runners from midfield.
We had to adapt quickly by allowing our central midfielders to cover the opponent Wingbacks while we dropped our wide attackers inside to add numbers. This helped us a lot even though it appeared unconventional. A very tactical game which we dominated defensively and the opponent has a false sense of possession. We scored first through a beautiful curling shot from Sibiya. We went to half time leading 0:1.
We knew the opponent would want to respond. Indeed start of second half they played three strikers in Moon, Parker, Zuma. We dealt wit that threat as well. We were very well organized tactically especially defending but we needed more belief and arrogance to play with ease. Our lack of mental resilience showed once more when we could not protect our lead. Yet again conceding from a set play.
Our team seems to have serious difficulties in basic defense of set plays. We lost or drew many matches unnecessarily through lack of proper defending on set plays. We are not brave enough to engage in combats and win 1v1. The opponent equalized and in as much as they seemed to be dominant in possession, it was all in wrong areas.
The match ended 1:1 and we were still two points behind Highlands Park with three matches to go before end of the season.
Our next match is on Sunday against Free State Stars who are engaged in a relegation battle.
After heading into the break with a 1-0 lead we conceded a goal in the 78th minute to share the spoils with Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium tonight.
In a game that saw Chiefs attacking with every opportunity they had, we managed to open the scoring in the 33rd minute. Although we had less shots on target than our hosts, we managed to go ahead with just over 10 minutes left in the first half. Mathenjwa won the ball, did well to get a back pass to Sibiya who took his shot and beat the keeper to take the lead.
Chiefs were strong on the ball tonight. In the first half they had almost twice as many shots on target than we did. Mbaeva did well to defend his line and some great defending from Bilankulu, Mzava, Lunga and Sibisi saw us go into the break in a positive position.
Returning after the break, Chiefs continued to dominate possession of the ball as well as field position. We once again defended well and used our possession to push up in a structured fashion.
Kaizer Chiefs were unlucky and had a number of shots that hit the upright. Their luck changed in the 78th minute though when Moleko headed the ball in from a corner to equalise.
With 12 minutes left on the clock, it was evident that both sides were looking for the extra points. In the end though neither could find the mark again and a point a piece would be the reward for the nights efforts.
We return home to take on Free State Stars on Sunday. We return to Princess Magogo Stadium for the game and would like to call on as much support as possible in our second to last home game of the season.
Our quest for a Top8 finish continues tomorrow night with an away game against Kaizer Chiefs, set to kick off at 19h30.
With full concentration from the coaching staff and the players on the final objective for the season, that being a Top 8 finish, we are in for a feisty game tomorrow night at FNB Stadium.
We have collected 7 points off the last three ABSA Premiership games, with wins against Cape Town City and Bloem Celtic and then drawn most recently at home against AmaZulu FC. Another three points away from home would be most welcome at this stage of the competition and for us, another step closer to our current objective.
It will be the second game in four days, and the players will have to dig deep to keep their energy levels up in what will be a demanding week that ends with another home game on Sunday. But, we know that the players are capable of performing under the demand.
Kaizer Chiefs will also be wanting to rally points. With only a few games left before the season ends, every team in the PSL will be looking to gain on positions, no matter where they are on the log. They have managed only two points off their last three drawing to SuperSport United and Black Leopards, while suffering a loss to Baroka FC.
The game will be televised live on SS4 (204) and coverage will be given to you on all of our social media channels.
As soon as the draw was made and we had drawn TS GALAXY, there was an uneasy excitement that left a feeling we had already made the final. This feel and premature assumption was based on the fact that TS GALAXY were from a lower division.
Little did we realize that it was a tricky fixture where the opponent had nothing to lose. We performed below our normal standards throughout the match. Even though we were not at our best we managed to create enough chances to win the match.
Besides scoring from a penalty we had a great opportunity to kill the match off in the 90th minute. Mutizwa went 1v1 with the keeper and hit the upright. The opponent turned over possession and won a free kick in our defensive zone and furthermore conceded a corner.
The resulting corner was headed into our own net by our own player and it was 1:1 and the 90 minutes came to an end. The match went to extra 30 minutes.
We were very poor in the last 30 minutes. Our team lacked the energy, started cramping and had no legs. The opponent was better on the ball and deep in the second half of the extra time they unlocked our defence and made it 1:2.
We failed to respond and the third goal was conceded from what looked like an “out ball”. The score was 1:3. We never applied ourselves in this crucial match at a very unique position. We lost the match but a lot of lessons were learnt.
We looking forward to the Tuesday encounter against KAIZER CHIEFS where we fighting to end in the Top 8 bracket.
The road to the 2019 Nedbank Cup final came to an end for us this afternoon with a loss against TS Galaxy at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.
In a game that took 71 minutes to see the first goal scored off a penalty after Mathenjwa was bought down in the box, and then progressed to extra time, it was the visiting side who took the honours.
The first half saw neither keeper troubled enough to rattle cages, and was rather uneventful from both of the teams. Play saw both teams looking to push up with their possession, but neither managed to find promising final touches.
Only late in the half did we look to have any clear chances with snap shots from Venter and Bilankulu.
After the break we were given an opportunity with a free kick. Venter’s attempt from outside the box did not put the Galaxy keeper in any danger.
We were then awarded a penalty after Mathenjwa was unfairly challenged in the box. Mutizwa strepped up and sent Mpakumpaku the wrong way.
Within a short period of time we missed two great opportunities to extend the lead. Mathenjwa had a shot which went wide, and then Mutizwa found himself one on one with the keeper, but hit the post with his shot.
With extra time being played, Zuke had the unfortunate experience of heading the ball into our net, and sending the game into extra time.
TS Galaxy stepped up their game in the extra 30 minutes of play. They drew on their hunger for the win and managed to put their substitute Lepasa into scoring positions twice, and he did not fail to convert.
We congratulate them on their win and wish them well in the final.
We will now shift all our focus and concentration on the PSL and our objective of achieving another Top 8 finish for the season.
Our u19 side have kicked off their 2019 season with some positive results over the last month.
Having played four games so far the youngsters have not lost a game, and currently sit top of the SAB Central Stream F log at the moment with 10 points. They have won 3 games and drawn 1 after kicking the season off in March.
With development being an important aspect of the clubs philosophy, the u19 side share a number of their training days with the Diski team. This helps build depth in the club, as well as allowing us the opportunity to assess and develop players who have the potential to grow in the sport.
Under the watchful eye of Lindani Shezi, the team looks set to produce yet another positive season this year and we are looking forward to the results that they will produce.
View the log here http://www.goldenarrowsfc.com/reserve-squad/reserves-log/
We take on TS Galaxy in our first home fixture of the 2019 Nedbank Cup on Saturday. The semi final will kick off at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium at 15h00.
The road to the semi’s have seen us secure three away wins against Tjakastad Junior Shepard in the Last 32, Witbank Spurs in the last 16 and then Bloemfontein Celtic in the quarterfinal.
Both the coaching staff and players are confident ahead of the game, but know that TS Galaxy need to be treated with respect on Saturday, as they could be a dark horse in the competition with the amount of determination they are showing at the moment.
That being said, the team will be looking to secure a positive result in the 90 minutes of play on Saturday.
TS Galaxy will be wanting to be added to the list of second teams that have reached the finals of the competition. Following in the footsteps of Mpumalanga Black Aces, AmaTuks and Black Leopards.
Their coach, Dan Malesela is no stranger to the semi final pressures of the competition, having led United FC (2013) and Chippa United (2017) to the same position. He has not yet gone further in the competition and will be wanting his team to progress to the final this year.
Having beaten Umvoti FC, Jomo Cosmos and Cape Umoya to reach the semi’s, we will be the first top-flight opposition they face in this years competition.
Tickets are on sale at TicketPro outlets, so make sure to purchase yours and get to Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium to catch all of the semi action.
The game will be televise on both SuperSport and SABC should you not be able to make it. As well as this, we will be posting play by play action on our social media platforms to ensure you wont miss any of the action.
We needed to win the Durban derby to push us into the Top 8 bracket with 34 points, position 8. This 1:1 draw leaves us at position 9 with four matches to play.
We started very well controlling all phases of the match. Our attacks as usual were well structured as we built from the back. We controlled the build attack in a way that we did not suffer Counter attacks. Our defense was also well structured with all players taking part in their individual defensive responsibilities.
The opponent had the first corner and it was clear in that situation was Akoriko’s position was and we didn’t deal with it precisely. The second corner we conceded a goal from lack of proper marking in the box and Akoriko got a free header. The opponent lead did not last long, we won a free kick on the side of the box, Matloga delivered a great ball that hit the cross bar and was finished by Lunga to make it 1:1.
Both teams went to half time at 1:1. We introduced Mutizwa at the beginning of the second half for Matloga who fell sick and had to be withdrawn. We continued the control to the match and had a few chances from Venter, S.Dube and a possible penalty when Akoriko clearly fouled Lamola inside the box and the referee chose to ignore.
It was not not the first foul inside the box to be ignored by the referee. Several calls were left uncalled, maybe the referee could have been braver. The match ended 1:1, both teams shared the spoils and we could not break into the Top 8 bracket.
Our next encounter is a semi-final match against TS GALAXY in the Nedbank Cup at home.
We shared the spoils with Amazulu in todays Durban Derby at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium
In what was a fast paced game in the first half with the legendary rivalry between the two teams evident in the play, the 22 players threw all that they had into the task at hand.
After a number of promising plays into the opposing last third, but not managing to capitalise on them, it was Usuthu who drew first blood as Ouro-Akoriko headed it into the goals off a corner.
Not being put off by the score, the team showed their determination to get back into the game and we equalised just minutes later when Lunga poked a rebound home off a free kick taken by Matloga.
Both teams played a tough remaining half and created a number of chances to score. Defence proved to be a final hurdle that neither team could get past and although there were chances for both us and AmaZulu to score it would just not be.
After being forced to replace Matloga at half time with Mutizwa, coach Komphela then brought on both Lamola and Jooste, hoping to enhance our striking abilities.
AmaZulu looked to adopt a similar approach in the game, bringing Nomvete onto the attack, but the change did not pay off for them either.
Although not the point we would have liked, the single point will become important as we start finalising the season.
We now shift our focus To the Nedbank semi final game against TS Galaxy, which will take place Saturday 20 April at Sugar Ray Xulu stadium at 15:00. Tickets sold at TicketPro
Lack of finishing cost us the KZN Derby today at Mpumalanga Stadium in Hammersdale against Maritzburg United. It was an unexpected result based on our performance so far in the competition, but the team could just not get behind the defence and convert our opportunities that were created.
The first half saw both sides in an end to end battle to try and find space and position to score, but neither side created any clear cut plays to put them in that position until the last minute of the half when Hlongwane narrowly put the ball wide of the mark.
The second half seemed to pick up in pace. Both teams put in some work on the ball and pushed into the last third. We dominated play and position, but the heavy defence from Maritzburg made it difficult to find the space to put the shots in.
When in the last third, we failed to finish off in a favourable manner and then allowed Maritzburg to counter easily. Frustration set in for both sides, which saw some yellow cards being issued on both sides.
Maritzburg broke the deadlock in the 86th minute off a free kick just in our half. A well placed kick from the set piece gave Sithole the opportunity to lobby the ball into the net and he executed the shot well.
We now have to wait for AmaZulu to play Chippa United tomorrow to see whether we qualify for the semi finals, which will be played on the 22nd of April.
All eyes will be on Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on Sunday at 15h00 as we take on AmaZulu FC in the ABSA Premiership. The return game see us looking to settle the score after losing 2-0 to Usuthu in December last year.
A confident squad has performed well under the guidance of Steve Komphela since the beginning of the year and are currently on a three game winning streak, one they will want to continue on our home ground on Sunday afternoon.
We have looked good up front, with the younger team members playing an important role in our game strategy. With a lot of positive work being done both offensively and defensively on the field, it has given the techincal staff an opportunity to asses the games and then substitute accordingly in order to secure the wins.
AmaZulu will be aiming for a double Derby win. They have looked strong on field in their last games, but have made enough errors to allow their opposing teams to take advantage and score from them.
Our fellow Durban neighbors last played home game against Chippa United, where they lost 1-0 in a game that could have gone either way.
With a string of losses under their belt of late, the side will be eager to claim 3 points from the encounter.
Coverage for the game will be done by both SuperSport and SABC, however, we would love to see you at the stadium in support of the team.
For those of you unable to make it, or catch the action on TV, follow us on social media for live updates on the game.
Its KZN Derby action this weekend in the Diski Shield competition as we face Maritzburg United in the Festival weekend. The game kicks off on Saturday 13 April at 12h00.
After 2 successful wins in their campaign, the youngsters will be looking to make a clean sweep of the regional stage of the competition.
Based on the points accumulated so far in the competition, the team are placed to secure a place in the semi finals with a win or draw on Saturday.
The team of Choice have not yet had a win in the competition, and have just one point of the first two games.
They will be wanting to save some face in the KZN Derby and will be eager to walk away with both bragging rights and the knowledge of slowing our road to the semi’s.
Entry to the Festival is free, but you do require a ticket to enter the stadium. These can be collected from the Mpumalanga Stadium today and Friday from 1pm.
Matches will be televised live on SS4 and SS10 should you be unable to get to the stadium.
We will also cover the game on all of our social media channels.
A very tactical match from two teams playing a similar style of attacking football. There were very few opportunities in the match except later when we had done our tactical substitutions.
Both teams pressed high denying each other the opportunity to build from the back. We were the better in building from long balls played into the midfield. The opponent keeper was not as accurate with long passes. The biggest challenge from the opponent was their wing play especially on their right. We needed good communication and coordination between our fullbacks and wingers to deal with the opponent movement in the wide areas.
The first half finished 0:0 and a true reflection of the match in the first half. We had a good start to the second half. Our team dealt better with the opponent wing play and we started to dominate better. We changed Mathenjwa with Mutizwa and dropped a Sibeko into second striker position. We still looked good and kept great shape that only needed to be complimented by an appropriate attacking.
Our wingers were starting to get tired and we introduced a new pairing in Jooste and Lamola. We placed Sibeko wide on the left and Lamola played alongside Mutizwa. We were more threatening and it wasn’t long, we broke from a break and scored in the 82nd minute.
The score was 1:0 and all we needed do was to manage the match. The team showed lots of maturity and managed the lead very well. We almost got a second but we squandered the chance. The match ended 1:0 in our favor but players worked extremely well in both defense and offense. They maintained a very high level of tactical discipline.
An epic Derby battle took place today as we took on AmaZulu FC at King Zwelithini Stadium in the Diski Shield competition.
After being 3 goals up, we were holding on in the end for the win as AmaZulu threw all that they had at us in the dying minutes looking for an equaliser.
From the first minute it was clear that we were in for an entertaining game of soccer today. AmaZulu came onto the pitch and showed early intentions of opening the scoring. A well organised defence made sure that this would not be the case, and they worked hard to make sure that the attacking plays from Ntsundwana were dealt with as he pushed into the final third.
After consolidating on the park and finding their rhythm, we began to gain some confidence. This was evident in the play as we began attacking the hosts lines.
Khwela opened the scoring off a well struck range attempt that caught AmaZulu keeper, Boshoff, off guard. This turned the game for us and the boys began playing more fluidly.
Ten minutes later Conco doubled the lead as he found the back of the net. AmaZulu had a number of chances to pull one back before the break, but were unable to do so.
In the second half it was once again us who struck first. Pushing into the final third and frustrating the opponents, they eventually conceded a penalty after Maphumulo was brought down in the box. Conco made sure of his mark and took the lead up to three.
The persistence of the hosts paid off in the 65th minute though, with Shangase finding the back of the net.
We were then reduced to 10 players as Mgwazela made a dangerous late tackle on Shangase on the side line. AmaZulu took advantage of this by putting pressure on the defenders. Another late tackle in the box gave the home side the opportunity to pull another goal back and Shangase did the honours for the club. Reducing the lead to just a goal with 8 minutes of official time left.
The team dug deep to defend the lead, and managed to do so for the remainder of the time left to play.
Another 3 points in the bag and a strong win once again for the boys
The next game in the Shield competition is next weekend, against Maritzburg United.
Another super sub goal in the 82nd minute from Lerato Lamola secured 3 important home points in the ABSA Premiership this afternoon.
The first half seemed to begin relatively slowly. All of the action was in the midfield with neither side making any telling plays.
Venter provided the first promising shot after some well executed build up play. With The Citizens not threatening on the field, we opened up some opportunities. Our second from Sibeko in the 33rd minute off a well weighted cross from Matloga.
Cape Town City’s first threat came just before the break, as Mthembu missed a header attempt from a corner.
After the break, Cape town City seemed to be playing with more conviction. They had closed more of the gaps and came on the attack more. Working the ball well on the counter play, Venter failed to find the mark in the 47th minute off a cross from S.Dube.
Minutes later Venter found himself in a scoring position, he took his shot, but Citys keeper, Leeuwenburg, did well to deny him the opening goal.
A steady end to end battle took place and it was after substitutions that we had the desired break through with Mutizwa, Jooste an Lamola involved in the movement that won us the game.
A well executed game from the team and coaching staff and a great confidence booster ahead of the Durban Derby against AmaZulu FC next Sunday.
Thanks to the support at the stadium today. As seen after the game, the team were glad to have had some numbers in the stands.
Our Diski side will take part in the second Diski Shield regional games on Sunday afternoon as we are hosted by Amazulu FC at King Zwelithini Stadium. Kick off will be at 12h00.
The team had a positive start to their shield campaign with a 6-1 win over Chippa United last weekend. A stunning performance by the youngsters saw them open the scoring in the 2nd minute and set up dominant play for the remainder of the game.
Siboniso Conco scored 4 of the goals, with the remaining two coming from Mfanafuthi Mkhize and Thando Khwela.
The team will be looking to set up a winning streak with a win over Amazulu and paving the way for a clean sweep in the regional part of the competition.
Amazulu have also got onto the table after a win over Maritzburg United in their first game.
This is an exciting format competition, and as with game, anything can happen on the day.
We would love to see some support at the stadium, and with all Diski games, entrance will be free on the day.
It is not a televised game, so get to the stadium or follow us on our social media platforms for all of the action come game time.
It’s back to league action as we take on Cape Ton City at Sugar Ray Xulu stadium on Saturday at 15h00.
As we get into the tail end of the season, points become important for all teams, whether at the top of the log or wrestling for position above the relegation zone.
Saturday’s encounter is no different as we fight for points to achieve a Top 8 position, while Cape town City look to secure points to stay in contention for the top spot.
The team has been showing their fight in the past few encounters and will be wanting to bring that mindset to the field on Saturday’s home game.
In our first encounter of the season we played to a goalless draw with The Citizens. After a game that saw us having to contend with an attacking opponent, we managed to defend well to secure an away point.
Cape Town City will have to work hard to break our defence that has been proving to be strong of late.
The game will be televised on SABC, and should you not be able to watch, follow the live action on our social media channels.
The third Nedbank away match in a row. There were three changes in the starting line up, Musa Bilankulu, Wayde Jooste and Sanele Mathenjwa. The team performed very well under circumstances.
The weather was hot and the field dry with grass that was not cut well. We had a very good and disciplined performance in both defense and attack. The first opportunity to break the deadlock came after 24 minutes with a free-kick from Danny Venter that sailed inches wide of the upright. Sibusiso Sibeko had the best chance of the first half in the 33rd minute after going clear on goal, but instead of using the space and time by picking his spot, he shot straight at Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb. Our only challenge in the half was from the opponent left side where Dlamini dropped to No 10, behind Venter and Phiri. The teams went to half time at 0:0 and hoping the heat will ease in the second half.
We continued and had a good start to the second half after addressing the Dlamini problem by reorganizing the team defence. We made a sub, brought in Mutizwa for Sibeko and the change paid off as Mutizwa broke the deadlock on 68 minutes with a neat finish from close range after some good work by fellow substitute Lerato Lamola, who replaced Ndwandwe.
The opponent pulled one to equalize via Sam. It didn’t take long we secured the win in the 90th minute as Mutizwa completed his brace by curling a free-kick around the wall and into the far corner to send us into the NEDBANK semifinals. We are awaiting the final match and hear who we meeting in the semifinals.
A tactical move from Coach Steve Komphela to bring both Knox Mutizwa and Lerato Lamola into the game late in the second half saw us secure a win in the Nedbank Cup quarter final against Bloemfontein Celtic this afternoon.
Although we did well to dominate the game from the kick off, we were just unable to convert the chances created to find the back of the net. We did well to keep the ball and moved it around looking to create spaces in the Celtic defence.
This game plan worked well, and saw Celtic committing their players to a defensive mindset, not wanting to play up on attack when they could have. Even with the numbers back, we still managed to create chances. Moving the ball around well and spreading it wide when needed.
This saw a great opportunity created but Ndwandwe who took to much time to commit to a shot, and lost the chance created. The loose ball then ended up at Sibeko’s feet. He also failed to shoot from the first touch and gave Tignyemb time to recover for the save.
The second half saw both teams getting into the game more and a substitution that saw Mabena come onto the field for the hosts saw the game change in pace for the home side.
Mutizwa was also brought off the bench to replace Sibeko. He made an impact on the field which was heightened once Lamola joined him. The two made quick impact and Lamola played a fantastic assist in Mutizwa’s first goal.
Bloemfontein Celtic then equalised 12 minutes later and threated to force the game into extra time with just 9 minutes of official time left.
As full time was about to tick over, Lingwati fouled Mathenjwa just outside of the box and conceded a free kick. Venter and Mutizwa prepared to take the set piece but it was Knox who ended up curling the ball around the wall and getting his brace and the win for the day.
A well executed game today from both the technical team and the players who will be interested to find out who they will need to prepare for in the semi finals.
A confident Diski side defeated Chippa United 6-1 in their first Shield game this morning at Princess Magogo Stadium.
Showing confidence from the first minute, the side scored off an early corner which they took short, then played back into the box. Mfanafuthi Mkhize made sure of his mark and gave the team an early lead. Just four minutes later, Khwela and Maphumulo took the opportunity to go on a counter attack from a midfield interception. Maphumulo layed off to Khwela on his left and Jaftha had no chance in making a save.
The lead boosted confidence on the field and the Diski boys attacked the Chippa goals at will. They received little resistance from the visiting defenders and Conco began his scoring spree.
Twenty six minutes in he opened his account, taking the lead up to three goals. Just before the break, Chippa were awarded a goal after a mix up in defence gave Tofile an opportunity to gain a bit of momentum for the visitors.
The celebration was short lived for them as Conco slotted his brace just 3 minutes later.
Returning from the break, the visitors looked a little more confident, but still lost possession too often and allowed us to attack from all angles.
Conco was then lucky enough to score his hat-trick and then fourth goal in the 79th and 89th minute of the game.
Chippa United did have a couple of chances, with Maarman coming up strong on the attack, however Mlungwana made a great save on the one attempt and his other just lacked enough punch to make any definite threat.
A fantastic team effort from the youngsters today and a confident start to the Shield competition for them this season.A confident Diski side saw off Chippa United 6-1 in their first Shield game this morning at Princess Magogo Stadium.
Showing confidence from the first minute, the side scored off an early corner which they took short, then played back into the box. Mfanafuthi Mkhize made sure of his mark and gave the team an early lead. Just four minutes later, Khwela and Maphumulo took the opportunity to go on a counter attack from a mid field interception. Maphumulo layed off to Khwela on his left and Jaftha had no chance in making a save.
The lead boosted confidence on the field and the Diski boys attacked the Chippa goals at will. They received little resistance fro the visiting defenders and Conco began his scoring spree.
Twenty six minutes in he opened his account, taking the lead up to three goals. Just before the break, Chippa were awarded a goal after a mix up in defence gave Tofile an opportunity to gain a bit of momentum for the visitors.
The celebration was short lived for them as Conco slotted his brace just 3 minutes later.
Returning from the break, the visitors looked a little more confident, but still lost possession too often and allowed us to attack from all angles.
Conco was then lucky enough to score his hat-trick and then fourth goal in the 79th and 89th minute of the game.
Chippa United did have a couple of chances, with Maarman coming up strong on the attack, however Mlungwana made a great save on the one attempt and his other just lacked enough punch to make any definite threat.
A fantastic team effort from the youngsters today and a confident start to the Shield competition for them this season.
We play our Nedbank Cup quarter final against Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday afternoon at Dr Molemela Stadium, kick-off at 15h00.
This game will be the first ever knockout match between Abafana Bes’thende and Phunya Sele Sele, having not ever clashed in club football before.
The team have been preparing hard for this weekends encounter. Coach Steve Komphela has been running a number of different moves an combinations with the players. Each group of players from defence through to the forwards have been running different plays and scenario’s in preparation for the game as we face a determined Bloemfontein Celtic who are holding their own in the league,
Celtic should have a large home support present, an this will be a great morale booster to them. We would love to see some of our support in the grounds, and number of green and gold jerseys will be a much needed injection of positive energy to the team as they take to the field.
There is a supporters bus that will be making the trip. Should you be interested in making the trip, please contact Mbuso Sosibo on +27 (78) 916-7818 to book your seat before 12pm on Friday.
Catch the game on SABC or if you are not able to, then follow one of our social media platforms for up-to-date scores during the game.
The Diski Shield competition kicks off this weekend with the side taking on Chippa United in their opening game. The action kicks off Saturday 30 March, at 10am at Princess Magogo Stadium.
The competition boasts a total of 24 games from beginning to end and runs on a knockout basis.
There are four pools that will play. These will be ‘Central’, Coastal East’, ‘Coastal West’ and ‘Northern’ pools.
Abafana Bes’thende fall under the Coastal East pool along with Amazulu, Maritzburg United and Chippa United.
In the first round of the competition, clubs play each other once and the club with the most points at the end of the pool stage proceeds to the semi finals.
We last played Chippa United in the last game of the Diski Challenge competition and we ended up playing to a goalless draw.
The stakes will be raised as we head into this game with both sides wanting to walk away with maximum points from the start of the competition.
Entry to the game will be free and we would like to see as much support at the stadium as the youngsters kick off their Shield campaign.
As it’s not a festival game, there will be no television coverage. We will be covering the game on our social media platforms should you not be able to get to the stadium.
We kick off the U19 season on Sunday with a KZN derby, Abafana Bes’thende vs Usuthu, at Moses Mabhida outer fields at 15:00.
The team will be looking to improve on last seasons position when they finished 2nd on the log after a very competitive season.
The club is looking at building depth from the u19 side for the Multichoice Diski side, and in the long term the club as a whole in the season. At the same time, the team has set themselves a target of contending the season and acquiring top position on the log come the end of the season.
The opening encounter will produce a well contended 90 minutes with both of the sides looking to get off on the right foot and not giving any love for the opposing sides.
The game is free to come and watch and we would encourage anyone who would like to watch the encounter, to get to the stadium to support the youngsters.
Our team played this match at the back of a 2:0 loss against Plk City on Sunday just two days ago. It was clear that the match was more mental than otherwise with the opponent fighting to survive relegation. Our team played good positive football and threatened the opponents goal more.
We had a few chances where Dube could have put us in the lead. Another missed opportunity was a final pass from Ndwandwe to Lunga which was overweighted and an opportunity was lost. The opponent depended on their physicality and were reckless in their game. The officials failed to take control of the match and we lost Ndwandwe, as a result, when Mosele applied excessive force in the tackle and almost broke Ndwandwe’s ankle. We replaced him with a Matloga and ended the first half positively though we were still 0:0.
We controlled the second half well and played for a win but never a loss. We made another sub where a Jooste went in for Dube. Lunga was then instructed not to be too aggressive in attacking. We then opted to play on Counter and abandoning a bit of possession. We were rewarded late in the 94th minute when Jooste pounced on a loose ball from a free kick rebound. He struck the ball from outside the box and found the top corner to make it 0:1. The opponent was left with no time and we won the match 0:1 and moved to 28 points, further from the bottom and only three points away from the top 8 position.
A cracking goal in the final minute of referee’s additional time from Wayde Jooste saw us secure 3 points in our game against Baroka FC.
It was a very physical game this evening against Baroka, with a number of stop in play for treatment to players from both sides. From the first minute it was clear that the game would be a tough physical challenge. This was evident with the hard tackles that were being dished out from the hosts.
Baroka applied early pressure and were in a favourable position to score in the 10th minute off the boot of Sodi. He struck wide of target from a corner kick.
We created some chances, but our first clear opportunity came in the 30th minute as Dube went up for a header attempt, but failed to direct the ball on target.
We lost Ndwandwe just before the break after a dangerous tackle on him from Mosele left him feeling uneasy on his newly healed leg.
Richard Matloga received his first cap against his former team and performed well in the reaminder of the game, being involved in a number of well executed plays.
After the break the game changed in pace slightly, but we had to defend hard against an attacking home side.
Dickens had a number of attempts at goal for the home side, but some solid defending and good work from Mbaeva saw these attempts thwarted.
With the game looking to end in a draw, Jooste took the opportunity from the edge of the box off a loose ball.
His attempt found the back of the net and we secured the win and 3 important away points.
The team return to Durban and will have two weeks to prepare for the upcoming Nedbank Cup quarter final against bloem Celtic on the 30th March.
The team will be wanting to gather some points tomorrow night as we head back to Peter Mokabal Stadium to take on Baroka FC at 19h30.
After dropping points on the weekend against Polokwane City, the boys will be looking to convert scoring chances and secure a win on the road. In the last outing, after not having the best start to the game, they bounced back in the second half creating chances. It was our finishing that let us down and a lot of the preparation for tomorrow nights game will be to change this.
The fight for a Top 8 finish is far from over, but the team is going to have to dig deep and show a fighting character to do so. We have the depth in the side, and are more than capable of obtaining these objectives.
Baroka have collected 5 points in their last 5 games, but have lost their last two outings against Highlands Park and Polokwane City. They are sitting 13th on the log and are desperate for points in order to stay out of the relegation zone.
This will make them a dangerous team to contend with at home and it’s something we are well aware of heading into the fixture.
The game is an important one to win for us and we will be doing all we can to return with 3 points in the bag.
Catch our coverage on our social media platforms to keep up to date with the happenings in the game.
A very difficult and intense match during a period where mental strength is required. We had a terrible start to the match where we failed to connect passes. We gave away possession at a very high rate resulting in the opponent getting break attacks. The result of our consistent loss of possession led to us conceding a goal.
After conceding the goal we had a great chance to score and like against O.Pirates we failed to beat the keeper. A crucial miss by Lamola that could have brought us back into the match. We still could not change our rhythm and we then opted to contemplate change in our structure.
We immediately dropped Phiri into the defense and pushed Sibisi wider and higher, our midfield was marshal led by Venter and Parusnath, where we were checking the possibility of playing with three at the back and two wingbacks. It looked better and the rate of loss of possession was lesser.
Coming back from half time we changed Phiri for S. Dube and our game changed for the better. We were more attacking and cohesive. We created more final third entries especially from our left side. The introduction of Sibeko upfront injected our team with lots of energy and we should have pulled one at least.
We then went on to concede the second goal from a corner kick. We lost the match 2:0.
A slow start in the first 20 minutes of the game and conceding a goal in that time frame put the team on the back foot this afternoon at Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Polokwane City set early domination in the game this afternoon putting pressure on our goal from the opening minute of the game. They held onto their ball possession well and attacked the last third from all angles. This put us into a defensive period of play and the hosts pushed their game plan well.
A well weighted strike form outside the box, saw Mohammed Anas open the scoring for the home side. This put the team in a bad mind space for the remainder of the half.
Our best opportunity of the half came off a free kick from Venter. He struck the ball well from the set piece, cleared the wall but was denied by a well timed dive from Chigova.
Polokwane City tried to take advantage of their position in the closing minutes of the half with a late push towards our goals but were not able to extend the lead before the break.
A tactical change from the break saw Coach Komphela bring on Siyabonga Dube to replace Phiri. The player configuration changed and we looked more confident on the ball.
This saw a considerable change in our play, with a good number of attacking plays up the flanks. Early in the half we had a chance to equalise, Lamola tried to cut in when he found himself one on one with the keeper an ultimately gave the Polokwane defenders enough time to fall back and clear the ball.
We dominated the play in the second 45 but were not able to create the spaces to allow ourselves clear attacking chances. We created a number of opportunities that just never evolved into anything that looked threatening enough.
Polokwane City were quick on the counter in the half. In the 77th minute they managed to score off a corner. replacement Mashumba toed the ball into the right hand side of the net to seal the win for the home side.
We have only a couple of days to consolidate and prepare for our next game at the same venue on Wednesday as we take on Baroka FC
Our ABSA Premiership game against Polokwane City kicks off tomorrow afternoon at 15h30 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Coming off a loss to Orlando Pirates at home, the team will be looking to continue their positive fluid play as we travel to Polokwane
The work rate and positive attacking play from the squad made for an entertaining game against Pirates. Seth Parusnath had a great shot at goal which was saved and an awkward rebound off the keeper could not be taken advantage of by Mutizwa, but this type of positive attacking play has worked its way back into the squad and is creating a positive vibe amongst the team.
The boys are remaining level headed going into the match though and are not expecting an easy encounter against Polokwane City.
Our opponents have been playing a strong game of late too, this sees them currently enjoying the 6th position on the PSL log at present.
Polokwane City have suffered only one loss since November last year, and have shown themselves to be motivated to perform against any team they face.
They will be looking to secure a home win before their next league fixture against Cape Town City.
We will be looking to upset the home side as we fight to reach a Top8 finish for the season.
The game will be televised live on SABC Sport, and we will be keeping you up to date on the proceedings over all of our social media platforms.
The team played against an opponent who’s been on a high and had won their previous match by 4:1. Their confidence was very high and their game model very fluid and dynamic.
We had prepared very well for the match. We had covered all the aspects where they are a threat. We played a very good and tactical match. The opponent failed to impose themselves on us and we were clearly capable of dealing with all their threats.
We were unfortunate to concede from a quick restart from a corner. Something we had addressed and put emphasis on but football being football, we committed the error and paid the prize for lapse of concentration.
Apart from the goal, we had a very good control of the first half both in defense and attack. We missed a great opportunity to equalize when Mutizwa could not finish a rebound from Parusnath shot at goalkeeper.
The second half was no different. We maintained same structure except the strikers were slightly away from the rest of the team and as a result we couldn’t find the desired cohesion on counterattacks. The opponent then introduced the third midfielder to lock the game.
We attempted in many ways to break them down but at the end victory eluded us. Great lessons can be learnt from this encounter and a few youngsters got to feel how it is playing in a big match environment. We lost the match 0:1.
A goal in the 20th minute from Justin Shonga was enough to secure a win for Orlando Pirates tonight at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.
Both teams battled to find chances early on in the game, but a pass from Memela to Shonga was curled into the back of the net to produce the only goal of the game.
We responded well, and took control of the remainder of the half, but were just not able to find the finishing touches we wanted.
Some enterprising play from the team once again saw a number of well executed plays into the final third. this saw opportunities created. Mutizwa was unlucky not to score off a rebound, with the ball falling awkwardly at his boot. The team looked positive on the field, and took their chances but it was just not our night.
Pirates seemed to dominate play in the second half but were unable to extend their lead. Solid defensive play from Bilankulu, Mzava and Sibisi was the thorn in the side of the attacking Pirates players.
A good overall performance tonight from the team, who should have scored at least once against a confident Pirates side.
The team will now concentrate on securing some points on the road as they travel to face Polokwane City next Saturday afternoon.
All eyes will be on the Sugar Ray Stadium tomorrow night as we take on Orlando Pirates in the ABSA Premiership. The much anticipated game will kick off at 20h15.
The team has been playing some free attacking football of late and have performed well in both the Premier League as well as the Nedbank Cup. The team seems to have found some confidence and rhythm under the guidance of Steve Komphela, with some fans believing that this is the real playing style of Abafana Bes’thende that is once again surfacing.
Chasing a Top 8 finish again this season, the boys will need to pull together and use this new found confidence against an Orlando Pirates team that is coming off a 4-1 win against Amazulu and who seem determined to administer the same medicine to us.
Although a decent win in their last outing, the Buccaneers have had mixed results lately. They exited the Nedbank Cup early, after losing on penalties to Black Leopards, then drew their derby game against Kaizer Chiefs before losing a mid-week fixture against SuperSport United. Arguably this could have all been influenced by their involvement in the CAF Champions League, but non the less shows that they are not always the powerhouse that they are made out to be, and most definately can be beaten on the day.
Match tickets are available from TicketPros online, as well as their outlets (Spar, Edgar’s, Jet) and we would love to see a good green and gold turnout in the stands.
Our social media channels will be keeping you updated on the games progress should you not be able to join us in Cleremont or catch the game on television.
A match of two halves where in the first half we played with dominance and created sufficient chances but failed to utilize them.
We managed to pull one goal on the 23rd minute when Lunga made an underlapping run and beat his defender, played a cut back to Mutizwa who was running near post and he took the chance to make it 0:1. The rest of the remaining first half was played with fluidity and chances were created but we failed to convert.
Ndwandwe played his first match after a long period (9 months to be precise) and had a good game. He had a great run into the box, dribbling his way through and only needed to pass the net when the defender made a last minute interception.
The second didn’t start well. The opponent started pressing high and we needed the right levels of arrogance to impose our game model. The opponent had a slight edge and started putting us under pressure which we finally succumbed to when they scored the equalizer on the 70th minute.
The subs we made did not give us the necessary injection instead they struggled to cope with the tempo of the match. There are areas we need to work more on defensively and among many are defending higher than too deep, dealing with diagonal balls to fullbacks so as to avoid crosses.
Almost all the goals we’ve conceded had come predominantly from crosses and we lacked dominance in dealing with such crosses inside the box. Another positive is that we’ve been scoring in all the matches we played.
Our Diski team played to a goalless draw this morning in their MDC game against Chippa United at Wolfson Stadium.
Neither of the teams managed to set up dominant play in the 90 minutes. Each had a number of chances to score but lacked on their finishing chances.
We had passages of play that kept our opponents on the back foot, but once getting behind defence and taking our chances, were either denied by not being on target or by the keeping skills from Mothwa of Chippa.
Mlungwana also had a good game between the sticks for us. He did well to keep a clean sheet against a team who counter played quickly.
This match draws our 2018/19 Challenge season to a conclusion.
A game of two halves saw the spoils shared at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium tonight against Chippa United.
We took control of the game in the first half and enjoyed some well controlled play. Chippa were under pressure and fell back in numbers as they defended their line. Some well thought out positional play and movement of the ball saw us take some good chances. We took an early lead in the 22nd minute as Lunga cut inside the box beat the defenders and cut it back to Mutizwa who found the back of the net.
Only two minutes later Ndwandwe was denied the chance to extend the lead after some great footwork saw him one on one with the keeper. As he was lining his shot up, Macheke, who had fallen back quickly on defence manged to play the ball out from under Ndwandwe’s feet.
Chippa started playing themselves back into the game and were hungry to equalise before the break. Unable to, they returned to the change room to plan their tactics for the second half.
The second half saw the home side do just that. With no changes from either team, Chippa returned to the field with an aggressive attacking game plan.
They executed this well, and managed to starve us of ball and keep us on the back foot. They were unlucky not to score off a shot from Gamildien, with his attempt hitting the upright, but they stuck to their plans.
In the 69th minute they reaped the benefits of their determination as Manzini managed to get the ball past Gumede.
Not letting up on their pace, the Chilli Boys starved us of possession and attacked from any angle possible. In the end though, they were unable to score for a second time and clinch the game.
We had some positive aspects of play tonight, and we will need to build on those and work on our defensive play ahead of our fixture next week at home against Orlando Pirates.
Our Diski team conclude their MultiChoice Diski Challenge season at 10am tomorrow morning with a game against Chippa United at Wolfson Stadium.
The boys have had a fairly successful season. They started off their 2018/19 campaign as a unit who has not had much playing time together. This saw them struggling to find the back of the net in a number of their opening games of the season. Although playing good attacking soccer, they were letting themselves down with their finishing in the final third.
This meant losing some vital points and being in a position that saw them having to win more games to be in a position to contend for the Multichoice Diski Challenge crown. Although showing some determination, they just could not accumulate the points needed and currently sit 7 points off of the top of the log.
They will be looking to finish the season on a high as they take on the Chilli Boys who have only managed to win 2 games in their season.
As the game is not part of a Festival, it will not be televised. We will however let you know how the game progresses over our social media channels.
We return to the ABSA Premiership tomorrow night as we travel to Port Elizabeth to take on Chippa United. The game is set to kick off at 20h00.
The team has been doing well under Coach Steven Komphela since the beginning of the year and have shown some fight when in trying situations. We saw this in the last ABSA Premiership game against SuperSport United.
Our last outing, a Nedbank Cup game, saw a determined team take the win and progress to the quarter finals of the competition.
The mentor ship and guidance from the coaching staff is showing in confidence on the field and the players look to collect some more points as we take on Chippa United.
Chippa too, have been growing in confidence since Clinton Larsen took over the reigns. He has guided the side to victory in their Nedbank Cup games as well as wins against Maritzburg United and Free State Stars in the Premiership.
Confidence will be high among their players an we will have to address the game with some caution an discipline.
The game will be televised live on SuperSport 4 (channel 204) and we will be posting the games proceedings on our social network channels.
The match was played under trying rainy conditions. The opponent approach suited the conditions better because they played direct. Our defence did very well in dealing with the direct balls. It took us 8 minutes to find the back of the net. A corner kick sequence resulted in Lamola opening the score to make it 0:1.
We also missed two clear cut chances which could have put the game beyond in the first half. The opponent as expected started the second half on a high but we dealt with the pressure very well. We then got ourselves the second goal from Lamola again and the score was 0:2.
We failed to kill the match and the opponent kept growing in confidence and pulled one back to make it 1:2. We were forced to make a few changes in the midfield by taking MOLEFE out, Nkombelo in and pushed Lunga into central midfield alongside Parusnath.
We had moments where we were put under undue pressure. The two other subs in Sabelo and Sibiya did not change our game much instead we were just defending deeper and deeper. We defended a bit too deep and failed to come out on Counter successfully.
The few times we did, we missed great clear cut chances to bury the match. We finished the match 1:2 and moved into the quarterfinals of the Nedbank Cup.
We are advancing to the quarter finals of the Nedbank Cup after an action packed game against Witbank Spurs this afternoon.
It was a game of two halfs. We dominated the first half, getting onto the score board with a goal from Lerato Lamola. The goal came from a short corner, executed well by Parusnath. The ball landed at Lamola’s feet and he turned, took his shot and found the back of the net.
Witbank Spurs showed determination to get back into the game and had passages of play that saw them get into the final third. They were however not able to capitalise.
We created opportunities to extend the lead. Sibisi narrowly missed out on a chance from a free kick and we created other chances that just lacked on finishing.
The second half saw Witbank Spurs come back onto the field showing renewed determination. They dominated the play by playing long balls up field to get behind the defence.
We had a number of close calls, and managed to stand strong in our defence until the 85th minute when Mrawu received a ball in the box, split the defence and played a shot between Gumede’s leg to pull one back.
This fired them up and they attacked into the final third with determination for the last minutes of play.
We would like to thank our supporters who traveled up for the game. Your voices did not go unheard from the stands.
We travel to Puma Rugby Stadium tomorrow as we take on Witbank Spurs in the Last 16 stage of the Nedbank Cup. The game will kick off at 15h00 and will be televised live on SABC 1
We are approaching each stage of the competition with measured caution, and are prepared to come up against an unpredictable Witbank Spurs. They are a team that plays with determination under the guidance of Shakes Mashaba. This was evident in their last Nedbank Cup game when they beat Maritzburg United on penalties.
We lost our first game under Steve Komphela’s guidance last weekend. But the fight and character of the team to come back from being 2-0 down is a clear depiction of the confidence that he has already instilled in the players.
We will be expecting direct and purposeful football from our opponents on Saturday. We know that they are capable of catching their opponents on the back foot and we will be expecting a competitive game from them.
Catch the action on our social media platforms if you are unable to tune into the game on TV, we will be keeping you up to date by the minute on all of the action.
This was a very unique performance by the team and a strange result. We struggled to deal with SS UTD two wingers in Modiba and Rusike dropping into the half spaces and cheating or not tracking back.
This created problems for our midfield and on several occasions we suffered counter attacks because we couldn’t finish our attacks successfully nor counter pressed effectively and as a result we allowed SS UTD to play easily on counter attacks.
We conceded two goals in two minutes because we failed to stop the crosses into the box. The crosses were played in our central zone. We then immediately made a sub where we introduced Bilankulu at the centre of defence and we were immediately settled.
We went on but lost the first half 2:0. The second half was completely different.
We dominated in attack right from the beginning and missed a great chance when Lunga made a brilliant cross. We had a lot of attacks and we scored two goals to make it 2:2. We kept probing and attacking for the whole second half and the opponent couldn’t react.
We unfortunately suffered a blow when the opponent scored the third goal deep into stoppage time to make it 3:2. The goal was a superb strike from outside the box. We then suffered our first defeat. A good and much improved performance in the second half but unfortunately could not score enough to win the match.
A second half fight back saw us pull back 2 goals against SuperSport United and tie the game until a long range goal from Mokoena sealed the victory for the visitors today.
SuperSport showed some dominance in the first 45 minutes of play and kept pressure on the defence until Rusike scored the opening goal in the 27th minute of play.
A quick restart from us saw a close chance to level the score, but Mutizwa was judged offside. SuperSport saw an opportunity to take advantage of our frustration and increased their tally with a header from Machupu.
A tactical change from the bench saw Coach Komphela replace Jooste with Bilankulu to stabilize the defence.
The boys had set themselves a big target going into the break and came out determined to make good on their second half game plan.
We put some early pressure on the visitors and continued to attack the goals from different angles. Quick one two’s in the box lead to Furman handeling the ball in the box and we were awarded a penalty. Mutizwa slotted home the opportunity and we continued the fight.
We leveled the score four minutes later when Parusnath headed in a cross from Venter.
We had a number of opportunities to score but Williams did well when called on and the defense of SuperSport was quick to fall back in numbers to defend their goals.
In the closing stages of the game, Mokoena decided to take a chance with a long range shot. The ball curled in toward the top right of the goal and Gumede was unable to reach the shot.
We would like to extend our thanks to the crowd that showed up this afternoon. Your voices could be heard when the team was down and needed encouragement, and for that we are appreciative.
The team will change focus this week as we prepare for our Last 16 game against Witbank Spurs in the Nedbank Cup.
We are in action again on Sunday at Sugar Ray Stadium as we take on SuperSport United in the ABSA Premiership. Kick off will be at 15h30.
It’s another opportunity for us to climb up the log as we take on the 8th placed United. After the arrival of Coach Steve Komphela, the team seem to have found some form and pulled together to secure 2 wins and 2 draws in the league since the beginning of the year.
A positive vibe is prominent in the camp and the team know what the objectives are as we get into the meat of the second half of the competition.
October saw us take SuperSport United on in the first round of the league that saw us draw 1-1. It was a game that should have belonged to us, but an unfortunate own goal from us just before the break saw us fighting for points in the second half. The equaliser was eventually scored by Conco in the 68th minute, but we were not able to find a winning goal before full time.
SuperSport United are on the back foot at the moment. They have not secured the wins they have wanted in their past few games, losing 2 out of their last three fixtures and winning just one.
The team will be hungry to secure points to stay in the top half of the log and will fight for this as they visit us.
The game will be televised on SuperSport 4 (204) but we urge you to get to the stadium and enjoy the action live and get behind the boys.
Tickets will be available at the stadium at R40 for adults and R15 for kids under 12.
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A very difficult match to play where two teams displayed two contrasting styles. Golden Arrows playing short interpasses with lots of movement and the opponent playing long balls directly into the box with the aim to find Mdala.
The opponent were looking to dominate physically but we were more technical and had more tactical fluidity. We started well and had good control of the game and scored our first goal of the match via a beautiful strike from Venter outside the box to make it 1:0.
We had a good first half and when we got back from half time, the opponent made a double change and started dominating us in wide areas. We then opted to manipulate our structure so as to deal with crosses by stopping the supply and closing down Mvala who is their threat.
We scored the second goal to make it 2:0 after dispossessing Rae and going on Counter Attack where Mutizwa returned Lamola’s pass by crossing low into the box. Lamola made a deep penetrating run to the first post to make it 2:0 but just five minutes after scoring our second goal, we conceded from a set play and the score was 2:1.
We had a nervy end to the match but we ended up winning 2:1 deservedly so.
Goals from Danny Venter and Lerato Lamola helped secure 3 points against Highlands Park at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium this afternoon.
We came onto the field showing our determination this afternoon. From the kick off the side looked hungry and determined to secure the win, and this translated into the play on the field. We attacked early with Lunga making some good runs up the side and playing in behind the defence.
This created a number of chances for us. Jooste, Sabelo and Mutizwa put a great deal of pressure on the defence, but just failed to get decent clean touches when it mattered.
Our breakthrough came in the 24th minute when a similar play tactic was used. Highlands Park defended well and the ball was played out of the final third. Venter played onto the ball well, struck it and it deflected off a Highlands player an kept its course. Kapini had little chance of the save and we had an important lead going into the break.
The second half was a defensive one for us. Highlands Park came on the attack and had us on the back foot often. We did well defensively, with the team communicating an closing gaps when needed. They also looked more composed on the defensive set pieces and managed the pressure of the attacking opposition well.
A number of changes in the side saw Lamola come onto the field. He scored on his first touch of the game after turn over ball at the back. Mutizwa got fed the ball, he played it up field and held onto it just long enough for Lamola to be in the right position. Lamola tracked the ball well and although Kapini got some of his body on it, the loose ball had enough momentum to roll into the goals.
We had a lapse of concentration just 5 minutes later, and where we had been so strong earlier conceded a goal. A free kick on the far side of the field was played to the near post, Rae was not marked that well and managed to get into the air and header one past Gumede.
Highlands unleashed a late onslaught, looking to find at least a point with an equaliser but we held off for the victory.
We will now plan for our next game which will also be at home, against SuperSport United next Sunday.
It was a game of two halves this morning in Ulundi against Mamelodi Sundowns in the Multichoice Diski Challenge.
A well prepared Sundowns side took us to task in the first half. They came strong on attack and had us pinned back defensively for a large deal of the first half. Determined keeper, Mlungwana, had a battle on his hands as he fought to keep a clean sheet as Mamelodi Sundowns attacked from all angles.
He managed to do this well, having a number of brilliant saves, and keeping the opponents at bay for the first 45.
It was early in the second half that a missed pass in the midfield allowed Sundowns to counter quickly. We were caught lacking at the back, and the space created allowed Ngcongo to get a shot in past Mlungwana.
The team then pulled together and with some positional changes on the field started having more luck on the field. The players created chances and pushed into the final third but were not able to convert chances.
Late into the half we had a brilliant attempt at goal from Khwela who had been pushing hard the entire half. His shot was deflected and a lob back into the box found Nzuza under the ball.
He struck the ball well in the air, and directed the header past Sundowns keeper to find the late equaliser.
This resulted in a dynamic last 5 minutes of play where both sides threw all they had at the game to try and secure the win and three points.
We however ended up sharing the points this morning and will return to Durban to prepare for our last Challenge game for 2019 against Chippa United on the 23rd of Feb at Wolfson Stadium
Its a battle of 9th and 10th spot on the log this weekend as we take on Highlands Park at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
The team has performed well so far in the second half of the season, collecting 5 points from the last three Premiership games played. They do however have the knowledge in the back of their minds that we need to collect maximum points to realise the aim of obtaining a top 8 finish again this season.
Our last encounter against Highlands Park ended in a 2-1 loss at Makhulong Stadium. After equalising in the 32nd minute, we ended up conceding a goal just 10 minutes before the break.
The second half played out as a goalless battle once the team had pulled together properly and displayed the style of soccer that we are used to.
We will be looking to get some revenge on the Lions of the North as they vist our backyard on Saturday afternoon.
Highlands can be a formiddable opponent, and they have set their sights on proving this in the 2018/19 season.
They have put in strong performances against every team they have faced, playing to draws against Orlando Pirates and Amazulu while losing their last fixture to Mamelodi Sundowns.
They will be looking to make it two for two on Saturday and the coaching staff and team are prepared to come up against a determined 11 come kick off time.
The game will be televised on SuperSport 4 (204) live from the stadium.
We will also be keeping you up to date with the game over our social media platforms.
The draw for the Last 16 stage of the 2019 Nedbank Cup took place tonight in Johannesburg.
We drew another away fixture against Witbank Spurs for the second round of this years Cup competition.
Spurs got through to the second round of the competition after knocking out Maritzburg United 5-4 on penalties after drawing 2 all after extra time.
The exact fixture dates and times will be finalised and released in due course. Once we are informed of the details we will let you, our supporters, know.
Diski action heads to Ulundi’s Prince Mangosuthu Stadium for the penultimate Diski Festival of the 2018/19 season this weekend.
We take on Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday morning at 10am in the first game of the festival.
The team has found their feet late in the season and unfortunately are not in contention for the title again. That being said, they are taking every game as an opportunity to strengthen tactics as we look ahead to the Shield competition later in the season.
Sundowns find themselves 10 points off the top of the log too, so also have no chance of any contention in the competition. They are not a team to give in and will still fight for the win on the day.
Entry is free on both days but tickets will be issued to supporters as part of access control. Tickets can be collected at the stadium’s ticket office on Thursday and Friday from 13h00
Ulundi fans can also look forward to an exhilarating performance from the multi-award winning Khuzani ‘King Khuba’ Mpungose. The leader of the Blue Nation will thrill fans at half time of both Sunday fixtures.
The third away match in a row and against an unknown opponent with unknown players in a crucial knockout competition. We had five players starting for the first time and we were not sure how they’d respond. However, we had a very strong start and created chances right at the beginning of the match, we scored our first goal via Moreira in the fifth minute.
The team defended in good shape and the two front runners were always ready to pounce and our strategy yielded good moments in attack. It is only on few occasions where we missed precision in our counter-press, thus, momentarily this resulted in us being threatened but we dealt with that challenge very well.
Our second goal came from a header from Sibisi in the 23rd minute. Similarly the third goal was scored just ten minutes into second half and came from yet another header from a set play to make it 3:0. The sequence and scheming of set plays was very good and we consistently threatened the opponent.
A good result and good response from the changes we made. The biggest positive was the information gathered from the new striking pairings.
There’s more positives to work from and the team is starting to gel well through their patient inter passing game with support from our wingbacks.
A good result and we are through to the round of 16.
A brace from Thando Khwela in the first half, and a goal from super sub Nkosikhona Dube in the second half saw us secure a 3-0 win over Black Leopards in the MDC Challenge this morning.
We dominated the play over the full 90 minutes.We did not allowing the home side many opportunities to get into any position where they looked dangerous and kept them on the back foot for the better part of the game.
After missing some good chances in the opening minutes of the game to score, we eventually opened the scoring off a penalty in the 30th minute.
Being under pressure for the majority of the half caused some frustration to the home side. A lack in their discipline and concentration in the box saw them concede the penalty after a late tackle in the box.
Khwela took the spot kick and found the mark, beating the keeper.
Shortly after he narrowly missed an opportunity to extend the lead as he fired one over the bar, but was eventually awarded his brace shortly before the half time break.
Leopards had passages of play that looked as if they were going to fight back, but never got into a promising position. They had a chance to pull one back early in the second half, but messed the chance up after putting the attempt wide.
A substitution from the bench saw Dube entering play. He made an immediate impact and scored minutes after coming onto the field.
Another positive result from the side this morning.
The boys will be in action again next weekend as they face Sundowns at the King Mangosuthu Regional Stadium. Kick off will be at 10am.
Goals from Moreira, Sibisi and Nkombelo tonight saw us take a win in the Last 32 round of the 2019 Nedbank Cup against Tjakastad Junior Shepard at Mbombela Stadium.
The home side gave a good fight in a game that saw them go on the back foot in just the 5th minute as Moreira opened the scoring off a stray ball from an attempt from Sabelo.
This saw Tjakastad slip into a desperate defensive mode for a number of minutes before finding their feet again and attempting to use their possession to push up. Their uneasiness almost cost them again just a minute after the opening goal as Sabelo found himself in front of the goals. It was some impressive keeping from Bhembe that kept the score down.
In the 23rd minute, Sibisi was awarded with his first goal in the first team as he headed a well taken corner.
The home side handled this better, and instead of losing concentration began a period of play that saw them grow in confidence. this saw them perform well in the last 10 minutes of the first half.
Returning to the field, Tjakastad came back playing with determination and produced a better performance in the second half. They produced a number of attempts, but just lacked in finishing. They showed some great determination on the field and helped create an entertaining game for the crowd.
Nkombelo was rewarded with a goal in the 56th minute. He had a good game back, and had some outstanding supporting plays throughout the game. His work rate was recognised with him being awarded the Man of the Match tonight.
The draw for the last 16 will be done on Thursday night, and we will let you know as it happens on the night.
The Diski team travel to Thohoyandou Stadium on Sunday morning to face Black Leopards in their third to last game of the Diski Challenge, The game will kick off at 10am.
With the majority of the Diski Challenge under our belts, it is evident that the team will not be able to retain our title this season. Although a determined team have played well over the season, they have not managed to finish off well in a number of games, resulting in a number of draws over the season.
This has affected the points haul and not given us the edge we would have liked to have had.
Some form has been found in the later part of the season though, with two wins in our last three games. This has seen us push into 7th position on the log.
The team is determined to collect as many points possible in the last three games. Using the games as preparation for the Shield competition later in the season.
Black Leopards have not proven to be a strong team in the competition, having only won one game so far. This sees them sitting at the bottom of the log. However, they are a determined team and home game advantage could work to their favour.
The game is not televised on Sunday, but we will keep you up to date with the proceedings over our social networks.
We shift our focus this weekend as we face Tjakastad Junior Shepard in the Last-32 of the Nedbank Cup. The game will be played Saturday night at Mbombela Stadium, Kick off at 20h15.
The Nedbank Cup is a competition that creates entertaining football, with smaller clubs getting a rare opportunity to put themselves to the test against the cream of the crop of South African soccer.
The underdogs often perform on this stage and over the years this has created some upsets.
Tjakastad, will be drawing on the hype and excitement of being able to perform on this stage, and will be taking this to the pitch on Saturday. As always the opportunity gives the smaller teams an opportunity to play extra hard on the night as they look to progress through the stages of the competition.
The game will be televised live on SABC 1 and we will be posting about the games progression from the first minute.
If you’re in the area, get to the stadium and show your support. We would greatly appreciate it. Tickets are sold at Ticketpro outlets, Edgar’s, Jet, Spar. R40 adults, R15 kids U12
The team gave a fairly good performance and played decent football
after a day long trip from Durban to Venda. The match was played at night, under rain, typical of Thohoyandou, it was still hot but much better than what it would have been during the day.
We had a good first half with lots of clear cut chances to take the lead in the match but we failed. The opponent kept pushing and piling pressure but we showed lots of maturity in defending. As a result the opponent did not create too many opportunities.
Of the chances we had, we could immediately remember the Venter ball that hit the upright, Parusnath had his ball parried by the keeper, Sibiya’s shot going over the bar, Lamola had an easy tap in to make and many more which occurred in the second half. We simply lacked composure in front of Goals.
Our goal came early in the second half and we deservedly took the lead. We were fairly in control of the match but lacked the right connection between winning the ball, the stabilizing or forward pass to create a scoring opportunity. Something we seriously need to work on.
Our good work was undone by lapse of concentration when we conceded a corner with 4 minutes to go before end of the match. The resulting corner was flicked from near post to far and found Lamola and Sibisi not ready. The opponent got a late equalizer and the match ended 1:1.
A hat-trick from Siphamandla Sabelo secured a home win for the Diski team against Free State Stars this morning at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.
The contribution of a determined team effort, that saw the visitors score only once after a slight lack of concentration after the break did well to secure 3 points in todays Asidlali game.
In the first half it took just 8 minutes for us to open the scoring. Some great positional play put pressure on the visitors defence, and opened up space on the left side. Sabelo was open and controlled the ball well, taking a shot that kept low and finding the back of the net.
Free State were put on he back foot and took a while to get back into the game, but fought back in the last 5 minutes of the half as they looked to find an eqauliser.
Coming back from the break, their intention was strong and they managed to find a small gap in our positional play. Moloi took his shot and the ball just went under a diving Mlungwana’s glove.
Not even a minute later, we took the lead again. Sabelo scored his brace after an outstanding assist from Mathenjwa.
He was awarded his third for the day in the 63rd minute. Once again, great positioning play from the side saw him able to attack the goals from the right hand side where a huge space had opened.
A great team effort from the youngsters today and a well deserved win.
An action packed and entertaining game tonight at Thohoyandou Stadium saw us play to a draw against Black Leopards.
From kick off, it was clear that the game was going to be one that went to the wire with both sides fighting to use possession to the maximum.
We had a number of scoring opportunities in the first 45, but it was Leopards who created more space and were denied the lead off an offside play that saw them put the ball in the back of the net.
The toe to toe action carried through until the break, with the sides going into the break with no score on the board.
The second half started a bit slower. But it took only 5 minutes for the pace to pick up to the same of the first 45.
We used our position and possession well, and pushed up into the last third. We eventually got the break through in the 53rd minute as Lamola found space on the near side and put the ball past the hard working Ndlovu.
Three minutes later the keeper denied Sibiya extending the lead from a similar position with an outstanding save.
The battle lines were drawn and Leopards did all they could to attack when they had the ball on foot. We had a number of close calls, with the defence doing well to clear the ball from the danger area when a determined Leopards came on the attack.
The persistance of the home side paid off though as Mwape Musonda eventually found the equaliser for the home side just 5 minutes before full time.
This set the tone for an explosive final minutes. We handled some close calls as Black Leopards pushed hard to find a winner while using our ball to try find the space to clench a win.
In the end the scoreline reflected the nights battle with the teams walking away with a point each.
The team will now change their concentration to next weeks Nedbank Cup encounter against Tjakastad JS at Mbombela Stadium.
It’s action time again in the Diski Challenge this weekend as we host Free State Stars at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on Sunday at 10am.
We are heading to the end of the Challenge season and the team have not had as a successful season as they would have possibly liked. The team have played well game in and out, but have failed to score goals to win games. This has seen them win just four games, while drawing three and losing three.
The positive from this is that we have seen some great development of younger players this season, many of whom will either strengthen the pool for the first team or be more used to the clubs style of play going into next season.
We take on free State Stars who have been having a relatively positive season, sitting 4th on the log, just 3 points behind log leaders Bloemfontein Celtic.
The incentive for them to secure the win on Sunday is great, as it will keep them in contention to win the competition this year.
This will make them dangerous competitors at Sugar Ray Xulu.
We would like to encourage you to get to the stadium. Entrance is free and the gates are open to anyone who would like to come and watch.
A confident Black Leopards host us on Saturday night as we meet them in the ABSA Premiership at Thohoyandou Stadium at 20h15.
With two games already under the belt in the new year, and 4 points taken from them, the team will be looking to break Leopards run on Saturday night and return to Durban with all 3 points.
There has been a regeneration of enthusiasm in camp. A lot of work is being done with Steve Komphela in both our attacking game and defensively.
This has been evident in the games against both Maritzburg United and Bloem Celtic.
Another week has passed and that means 7 more days of working on improving elements of our game both offensively and defensively. A lot of strategy has been done in pin-pointing aspects of Black Leopards game that can be taken advantage of.
The team is confident ahead of the fixture, but know that Black Leopards will be dangerous after their 3 game winning run of late.
Lidoda Duvha have enjoyed wins against SuperSport United, Baroka and Amazulu and are brimming with confidence ahead of the game.
This could have either a positive or negative affect on the side depending on how they handle it.
Their winning run has seen them gain some place on the log, and sit just a position below us on 11th.
The game should be an entertaining one to watch. You can catch it live on SuperSport 211 or follow us on our social media platforms for play-by-play posts.
A very difficult away match against Celtic who’ve been on a good run of form. The match was further complicated by the fact that both teams had a similar approach and played the same system but Celtic were more used to it than us.
Such conditions made the match even more difficult to break down and win. We conceded right at the end of first half which is a critical phase of the match but we never dropped our heads. Dlamini received a pass from the free kick restart and continued on one-two combination unmarked and finished to make it 1:0.
Our first substitute was made immediately at the beginning of the second half when Sibiya got in for Conco. Our game changed for the better. We had a better second half and also did a few tactical switches to manipulate the match. Through consistent probing we got a free kick on top of the box in the central area, which was supposed to have been a penalty yet awarded as free kick, Mutizwa converted to make it 1:1.
Despite the fact that the match ended in a draw we finished the match strong though there still a lot of work to be covered.
A well placed free kick in the second half saw us equalise with Bloemfontein Celtic at Dr Molemela Stadium this afternoon.
In the first 45 we managed to dominate play and should have gone at least a goal up after some well executed plays and attempts. Conco did well on the right hand side, feeding the ball into the box and finding Lamola and Mutizwa.
Some solid defence and the experience of Tignyemb in the goals for Celtic saw them deny us attack after attack.
It was on the counter that Dlamini was put through by Baloyi and managed to drag the ball across the goals and past Gumede to take the lead just three minutes before the break.
Coming out of the changeroom, Coach Komphela looked at changing some tactic with the introduction of Sibiya onto the field.
This introduction of fresh legs made some difference and we committed to playing up on the attack more. Play up the left from Sibisi and Lunga also saw an increase in the cross attempts to feed the box.
In the 64th minute we were awarded a free kick after Lamola was pulled down just on the edge of the box. Mutizwa did well to curl the ball around the right side of the wall, and Tignyemb did not have enough time to react, allowing us to find the equaliser.
Neither side were able to find a winning goal. We had a number of attempts on target but were denied by some good keeping from the Celtic keeper.
Preparation will be intense this week as we prepare for another away game on Saturday next week against Black Leopards at the Thohoyandou stadium at 20:15
It was a tough day at the office for the Diski boys who were reduced to 10 men and lost 1-0 to SuperSport United today.
Today’s game started off level headed, with both sides controlling their ball well and creating creative scoring opportunities. We were unlucky not to open the scoring early on in the game off a free kick just outside the box, and missed a number of chances in the first 30 minutes against a confident SuperSport team.
In the 36th minute the game was turned on its head as Thabani Zuke received a red card and the home side was awarded a penalty. Zuke, the last man in defence pulled a player down in the box as SuperSport attacked. The referee handed him the maximum punishment and gave United the opportunity to take the lead.
Coming out of the break, the side made an effort to find an equaliser, and although they were creating the opportunities were just not able to convert the chances.
Being a man down also meant a great deal of defensive work needed to be carried out. This drained the team physically, not allowing them to push up at full throttle when they needed to.
This was not the result that the team were hoping for, and will need to regroup as they prepare this week for their game against Free State Stars at Sugar Ray Stadium next week.
We travel to Dr Molemela Stadium to take on Bloemfontein Celtic on Sunday afternoon at 15h30.
After the arrival of coach Steve Komphela and last weekends win against Maritzburg United, the team have a new spring in their step heading into the second half of the season.
There has been some change in game plans and objectives, this was evident in last week’s encounter. The players took the ball to the oppositions in a more aggressive and determined way, resulting in two well executed goals.
There were a number of opportunities created from all angles of the field, and once we were reduced to 10 men, the defence play from the team was second level.
This play will carry the side well as we head to take on 6th placed Bloem celtic on the weekend.
The coaching staff and team are carrying some positive energy and are feeling confident about returning to Durban with 3 points.
Bloem Celtic are coming off a 1-0 win against Chippa United. This will add some confidence to a team that is dealing with some major issues at present.
Celtic can be unpredictable, and will be wanting to send a positive message of encouragement to their fans with a win at home.
The game will be televised on both SuperSport4 and SABC.
We will also be keeping you up to date with play by play action on our social media channels.
The Multichoice Diski challenge kicks off the 2019 half of the competition this weekend. We are hosted by SuperSport United at TUT Stadium with kick off at 12:00.
Its a battle of 7th and 8th place for us.
After accumulating 15 points off the first half of the season, with 4 wins 3 draws and 3 losses, we sit just a point below Matsatsantsa
The team will be aiming to secure as many wins as possible heading into the second half of the competition to have any hope of topping the log.
In a year that has seen a number of our juniors being promoted to senior team in the club, the remaining and new players have done well to prove themselves and have adapted quickly to the clubs style of play.
They have matured quickly and found their feet over the last couple of games.
SuperSport have secured 16 points from their first 10 games of the season. Thay have had the same number of wins, but have drawn one less than us to sit at 7th on the log at present.
They are also an ambitious team in the competition and will be looking to secure full points at home.
The game is not part of a festival and therefore will not televised. We will keep you up to date on the progress of the game via all of our social media platforms.
A good and crucial victory for the club and a confidence boost for the team going forward.
The team applied itself very well in the first half, a solid and clear structure, good ball retention, even though there’s still a lot of work to be done. We maintained good attacking shape and were well organized in defense, managing the match phases precisely.
Our structured attack culminated in an early lead when Venter picked Mutizwa inside the box to give us a 1:0 lead through a perfectly placed header. The Midfield and defence had good structure and from the structure another opportunity but Mutizwa failed to make it count.
We had to wait for the start of the second half after Moreira replaced Mutizwa who got injured in the first half. He combined well with Lamola to make it 2:0.
Deep in the second half we suffered a red card when Jooste got sent off for a reckless tackle. We had to change the team shape and manage the match for the remaining 30 minutes of the match.
We did what was required then and maintained great tactical shape in defense and had to show resilience and mental strength to win the match. The match ended 2:0 in our favor.
Goals from Knox Mutizwa and Joao Moreira secured us a win in the KZN Derby game this afternoon against Maritzburg United.
It took just 10 minutes for us to open the scoring in the game this afternoon after some early pressure and good combination play saw us push up into the last third and put pressure on the Maritzburg defence.
Mutizwa headed the ball into the net off a cross from Danny Venter to take the lead. There were a number of chances before that, where we put pressure on Ofori. Seth Parusnath had an attempt and Lamola unleashed a shot. But it was the brilliant cross that gave us the opportunity to open the scoring.
Danny Venter also had a shot on target in the half, but Ofori managed to top the ball over the bar, an then later denie Mutizwa his brace with some good defending under pressure.
There was not much fight from the visitors in the first half, and only fought back in the last 5 minutes of the first half looking for the equalizer.
It was not to be, and heading into the break with a lead encouraged the team.
After the break, we substituted Mutizwa for Moreira and it was just 2 minutes after the break that he played a ball across the face of the goal after a through ball from Lamola.
Ofori failed to make the save, allowing us to extend the lead early on in the second half.
Maritzburg then seemed determined to fight back and the true colors of a Derby game began emerging.
The attacking play from them changed our game into a defensive one. This saw us tackling more than attacking and Jooste unfortunately fell short of the referee and received a red card for what was deemed a dangerous tackle.
This seemed to give Maritzburg the encouragement they needed and they fought back for a great deal of the half to try and pull at least one goal back.
Solid defence from the team denied them the opportunities, and when they did have the chances, Gumede stood solid in the goal mouth.
A well deserved win for the club today and a good start to 2019.
Todays result will be encouraging as we head off to face Bloem Celtic on Sunday 13th at 15h30.
On Sunday We kick off the year and the second part of the season with a home KZN Derby against Maritzburg United at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.The game kicks off at 15h30.
Both sides are looking to get fresh starts to the second part of the season, and will be wanting to see results from the new coaches.
It will be Steve Komphela’s first game as head coach of Golden Arrows and Mushin Ertugral’s first game for Maritzburg United’s an both teams will be expecting results from the game.
This will add another layer to the normal pressures of Derby games and will make for an exciting and interesting game.
There seems to be a positive vibe to the remainder of the season and a home win against The Team of Choice will set a positive level to the remainder of the season.
Maritzburg will also be wanting to see some positive results. They have secured the services of Ertugral to attempt to climb out of the relegation zone.
They will be hoping for a positive result, and an away win for them could boost the morale in their camp.
Maritzburg will be looking for only their second win of the season and what better platform to look at securing the points than a Derby game.
We would like to get the year off to a bang, and call on all of our supporters to get to Sugar Ray Xulu in numbers.
Tickets will be available at the stadium at the normal price of R40 for adults and R15 for kids under 12 years of age.
Lamontville Golden Arrows would like to announce that we have parted ways with head Coach Clinton Larsen, by mutual agreement between both parties.
After careful consideration, both the club and Clinton agree that this is in the best interest of both parties for the relationship to end with immediate effect.
Clinton has been totally professional in his approach to his work and in parting ways, we wish him all the best for his future. Clinton responded, by sincerely thanking the Chairlady, management, technical staff and players at the club, for the time that he spent at the helm of a young and exciting team and wished them well for the rest of the season.
A disappointing end to the first round but still one that we can take many positives from. The match itself was an entertaining one for the fans with both teams attacking at will.
An early defensive lapse handed our opponents an early lead but we immediately showed intent to come back and almost did when Seth Parusnath missed a header after some good build up play. We continued to probe for an equalizer but the game was handed to Amazulu when Ntuli blatantly dragged the ball with his hand before being fouled, an incident that took place right in front of the referee.
We then had a mountain to climb and were unable to convert any of the chances we created.
We now look forward to having back our injured and suspended players for the 2nd round, namely: Buthelezi, Nkombelo, Zuke, Ndwandwe, Phiri and Bilankulu.
A fourth minute goal and a penalty just minutes before the break, both from Bongi Ntuli saw AmaZulu secure a win in the Durban Derby this afternoon.
Usuthu opened the scoring as Ntuli was put through after a turn over ball flicked through by Morton. He slipped between our defence and kept the ball low to beat Mbaeva and take an early lead.
The home side dominated play for the next 15 minutes, not allowing us much time on the ball or opportunity to create any plays.
We seemed to spring back though and had a great chance, but the strike from Lunga went just wide off the target. This seemed to give us some headway onto the game again though as we chased the equaliser going into the break.
Lamola had an opportunity to score off a through-ball from Lunga but put the effort over the cross bars.
Into the second minute of extra time, Victor Gomes awarded Amazulu a penalty after Mnagengwe took down Ntuli in the box.
Ntuli took the shot from the mark and sent Mabeva the wrong way , securing his brace and giving the home side a 2-0 lead going into the break.
This set the tone for the second half that saw both sides going at each other for goals.
Amazulu had a number of chances in the second half but were denied by Mbaeva or their attempts not being on target.
We continued to fight back and created a number of decent chances but were unable to break the Usuthu defence.
We go into the festive break with the knowledge that we will have to prepare for another Derby in the new year as we face Maritzburg United at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium January 6th.
We finish off 2018 with a Durban Derby match against AmaZulu FC at King Zwelithini Stadium tomorrow at 15h30.
Durban can expect a clash of the KZN Titans as both teams will want to claim boasting rights after 90 minutes on Saturday.
In the last two Derby outings against each other, each of the teams has claimed a win. We defeated AmaZulu 4-1 last season at home in September and Usuthu replied with a 2-1 win in February this year.
We have found some strong form in the last 2 games, and the boys had a great fight back against Wits from being down 2-0 to securing a draw away against the Clever Boys.
The squad have pulled together well and found some confidence on the field which has showed on the field. Confidence has improved and this has been evident in their play.
It is a mindset that they will be encouraged to carry onto the field on Saturday when facing AmaZulu in Umlazi.
Our opponents have been riding the crest of some good play as well. And, up until a 3-1 defeat to Black Leopards had gone 3-for-3, managing to collect some needed points.
This has seen them climb to 11th place on the log, just 3 points behind us.
This makes the pressure for a win just that much more for both teams, and makes the Derby so much more important.
We would love to see our supporters out in force on Saturday, getting behind the team as we play our last game before the Festive break.
Should you not be there, we will be covering the game from the stadium, and you will be able to follow it on our social media channels.
After a poor opening 25 minutes and conceding two goals we gave ourselves an uphill task to salvage anything from the game,especially against a team renowned for seeing out a lead.
However after tweaking our system we got back into the game and started making some inroads. At the break we sorted out a few issues and immediately started to impose ourselves.
We fought our way back scoring two and deservedly got a good point away from home. Another debutant was given an opportunity,Seth Parasnath and he put in a sterling performance capping it off with a goal.
A solid second half performance saw us fight back from 2-0 down at half time and secure an important away point tonight against Bidvest Wits.
In a game of two halves it was The Clever Boys who took the lead in the first half, a half that they dominated. In the 13th minute they were awarded a penalty as the ball was played in the box, striking Divine Lunga’s arm as he was going down after a defensive play.
Although we appealed the decision, referee Abongile Tom waved us away as he awarded a penalty for a hand ball. Simon Murray stepped up to the mark and converted for the home side.
This put us on the back foot and we struggled against some clever play from Wits who kept us on the back foot with Murray pushing up and creating gaps for Deon Hotto and Gift Motupa. This game plan payed off for them just 13 minutes later as Motupa slotted a cross from Hotto.
We almost managed to pull one back just before the break as we were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box, but the attempt from Seth Parusnath went wide of the mark.
Clinton Larsen decided on making a substitution from the change room, bringing Wayde Jooste on for Siboniso Conco. He had some impact plays from the first minute and the dominance of the game began to swing in our favour.
Just two minutes into the stanza we pulled our first goal back as debutant Seth Parusnath found the back of the net after a great assist from Lerato Lamola.
Confidence on the field climbed and we began meeting our hosts play for play, bringing the game back to them and breaking their dominance on the field.
Jooste was then called on just over 10 minutes later, to convert a penalty after Parusnath was fouled in the box. He made no mistake, beating Keet and putting us back in contention for a win.
We went toe to toe from here on. Wits fought hard to find their mark again, and had a number of opportunities but were unable to find the back of the net, while we had a chance to take the lead.
In the last 10 minutes we missed a possible winning goal as Keet denied replacement Nduduzo Sibiya’s shot.
A great performance from the boys tonight as they showed some determination in their fight back against Wits.
We will need to put in a big performance again on the 22nd December as finish the year off with a KZN derby against AmaZulu FC at King Zwelithini Stadium.
We play our second to last game before the mid season break on Wednesday night against Bidvest Wits at the Bidvest Stadium. Kick off at 19h30.
Coming off our win against Kaizer Chiefs at the beginning of the month, the team is feeling confident that they will be able to come away with points from the midweek encounter on Wednesday night.
It will be a big ask, but the target of climbing into a top 8 berth on the league log is one that the entire squad are looking to achieve.
This drive will be the foundation of the game plan when we meet the Clever Boys.
Wits have been consistant over the first half of the season and this sees them sitting second on the log, with 2 games in hand behind log leaders Orlando Pirates.
The incentive for them to retain 3 points at home is big for them and would see them go 2 points ahead at the top of the log.
This will make the side even more difficult to beat.
The Clever Boys will also be looking to regain some dominance on the field. They secured a 1-0 win against struggling Bleack Leopards, but were on the end of a 2-1 loss to Bloem Celtic in November.
Clinton Larsen and his technical team will be asking for 110% of the team as they take to the pitch on Wednesday, and any support from our Gauteng based followers would be a boost for the lads as they give their all in the 90 minutes.
The game will be televised on SABC, and we will also be giving a play-by-play feed on our social media platforms.
A much needed victory under trying playing conditions. We acquitted ourselves well and began the match with good intensity and attack minded play. Our offensive players pressed collectively and with good co-ordination ,and as a result restricted Chiefs from developing any rhythm during their build up phase.
We looked dangerous on the break and without trying to sound arrogant could have gone into the break 3 or 4 goals up. We deservedly took a two nil lead into the half time break.We had to show dogged determination and defensive tenacity as Chiefs threw everything at us in the final 15-20 minutes.
Our defensive unit were sound as our opponents went the aerial route in search of an equalizer.A massive three points in the bigger scheme of things as again it’s quite tight at the bottom and mid table as we approach the half way mark.
A solid team effort saw us win 2-1 against Cape Town City at Princess Magogo Stadium in the Multichoice Diski Challenge.
The team dominated the play throughout the 90 minutes of play but were failing to find those final touches to put us in the lead in the first half. We had a number of well executed plays that put us into the opposition last third, however we could just not find the back of the net.
We closed down any play that Cape Town City came at us with and frustrated them on the field.
Going into the break there was no score on the board.
Returning to the field we maintained dominance but it was in the 60th minute against the run of play that City managed to get behind out defence and took a shot at goal from a tight angle. The ball deflected off the near post and into the goals to give them the lead.
We retaliated quickly and almost equalised a minute later, but some good work from their keeper Anderson saw the attack off.
Sabelo eventually found the back of the net in the 67th minute and then settled matters off a penalty awarded for a foul in the box against Ngcongo to secure the win against the log leaders.
The Diski team now break until the new year when they return to the field against Supersport United at TUT Stadium on the 12th of January.
We secured 3 important home points this evening against Kaizer Chiefs at Princess Magogo Stadium.
A well contended game from the first minute, it was Chiefs who had the opportunity to open the scoring in the 20th minute as a shot from Mahlasela attempted to lob the ball past Mbaeva, but just missing.
We were then awarded a penalty in the 27th minute as Lamola was brought down in the box by Mathoho. Mzava stepped up and got enough power on the ball to get past Khune, who managed to get a glove on it.
Just 5 minutes we were awarded another penalty as Hadebe’s challenge on Conco in the box was deemed unfair. Again Mzava stepped up to the mark and made no mistake to extend our lead.
Chiefs continued their attack up the left hand side, putting pressure on the young Sibisi. This saw them gain advantage in the last third a couple of times and eventually in the 61st minute this attack plan paid off as castro managed to get a close range shot in.
Chiefs increased their pressure and maintained their attack in our half. A number of times, they gained the upper hand and threatened our goals.
Four minutes before full time, Billiat just missed an opportunity to equalise, but Mbaeva tipped the well weighted shot over the bar.
We held out for the win and the points after putting up a great fight against the Glamour boys.
The team will be hoping to continue their positive play in our next encounter which is against Bidvest Wits on the 12th of December at Bidvest Stadium.
We return to the field after a 3 week international break, with a home fixture against Kaizer Chiefs at Princess Magogo Stadium tomorrow night.
The break has given our Coaching staff time to work on aspects of our game where we have fallen short in the season so far. We have drawn 6 of our 12 games, endured 4 losses and secured maximum points from only 2 games.
With three tough games before the festive break, the teams objective of a top 8 place going into the break is still possible. They will however need to dig deep to achieve this and Saturdays game against Kaizer Chiefs is the first hurdle.
Chiefs are 6th on the log with 18 points. In their last three encounters in the PSL they have beaten SuperSport and Black Leopards while drawing to Chippa United.
They are not unbeatable and the team are out to prove that when we take to the field at 6pm.
The game will be broadcast live on SuperSport (SS4) should you not be at the stadium or you can follow us on our social media channels for up-to-date info on the game.
We would however love to see you at the stadium in your green and gold to get behind the team.
Tickets are on sale from TicketPro outlets only, which include CNA, Edgars and Jet. Adults will be R40 and u12’s pay R15.
We appeal for you not to purchase tickets outside the gate at the risk of purchasing counterfeit tickets and being denied access to the game.
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Our Diski boys will be playing a home game on Sunday morning when they take on MDC log leaders Cape Town City at Princess Magogo Stadium. Kick off is at 10am.
Coming off two away wins, the side is looking forward to playing in front of a home crowd. They will be looking to upset The Citizens who have had a solid season so far.
The Cape side have won seven of their encounters, while drawing one game and suffering only one loss. This sees them top of the Diski Challenge log with 22 points.
The youngsters have made some headway in the past weeks. With away wins against AmaZulu FC and Bloem Celtic, it seems as if they have managed to overcome the issues they were encountering when it came to finishing.
This has seen a climb on the log to 9th position, but the determination from the youngsters to improve on that is evident heading into this weekends game.
The team is confident that they can secure a home win and have appealed to you, our supporters to come to the stadium and get behind them.
Entry to the Multichoice Diski games are free, and all you need to do is bring your friends and family and come enjoy some entertaining football.
The game will not be televised, as it is not a festival game. You can follow us on our social media platforms for play-by-play posts.
A brace from Siphamandla Sabelo and a 66th minute goal from substitute Sibonelo Ngcongo saw us secure another 3 points away from home in our 2018/19 Diski campaign.
A well fought first half saw us scoring late in the the half to go into the break with a 1-0 lead.
Bloem Celtic however, answered early in the second half with Mangweni scoring the first of his goals just 5 minutes into the second stanza.
This opened the game up, with both sides increasing their work rate. This paid off with Sabelo scoring his brace in the 60th minute off a well placed cross from Siyabonga Dube.
Coach Vilakazi then made a technical change up front, putting Sibonelo Ngcongo on the field. Fresh legs and a different approach paid off as he scored just 5 minutes after being on the park.
A late fight back from Siwelele saw them pull one back with just ten minutes left on the clock.
This made for an exciting last period of play as we defended the three points.
A successful day for us on the field, and positive play heading into our next game against log leaders Cape Town City next Sunday at home.
Our Diski boys are in action this weekend as they face Bloemfontein Celtic at the Dr Molemela Stadium on Saturday at 10h00.
After a successful Derby game against AmaZulu last weekend, where the team were triumphant on the field, they will be looking to continue their positive play on Saturday. All of the pieces of the game-plan seemed to fall in place for the team, and they achieved the win they have so narrowly missed in most of their outings so far this season. The youngsters have played with determination, but have failed to finish off in the last third. Last Saturdays game saw a change in that trend, and the team managed a 2-1 win, with Siyabonga Dube and Siphamandla Sabelo finding the back of the net.
It was a team effort that won the game, and should they be able to carry this over to the weekend, they should bring another 3 points home against bloem.
Celtic are having a promising season and are presently in the running for the top spot on the log.
Having also played 8 games so far they sit second on the log, just three points away from Cape town City who sit at the top. They have 5 wins, 2 draws and only 1 loss so far in the season.
Both this and a home advantage will be two hurdles that the Diski team will need to overcome to clinch a win away from a side who will be wanting to take top spot on the log.
We will be keeping you up to date with the proceedings of the game as they happen, so follow us on Facebook and Twitter for minute by minute proceedings.
Determination paid off for the Diski boys this morning as they fought back for a Derby win after being 1-0 down ten minutes into the game.
The first half kicked off and had promises of a Derby game from the first minute as the teams seemed to shrug off the heat and go toe to toe.
We took the ball up early but faltered slightly, allowing AmaZulu to play on the counter and keeping us off guard. This found us scrambling at the back to get our defence sorted out, and in the process of clearing the ball of the line we played the ball onto Mgwazela’s arm.
The referee took no time in awarding AmaZulu a penalty and Maduna stepped up and fired his shot past Mlungwana to take an early lead.
We dominated the play however and took the ball into the last third on a number of occasions. Khwela found himself one on one with Boshoff twice, but the ball stopper for Amazulu used his size well to stop the ball from being put past him.
Our perseverance paid off 20 minutes later as Siyabonga Dube managed to control a lose ball in the box, place it well on his strong foot and took a shot into the top corner of the goals. Boshoff went of the save but could not get a glove on it and we secured the equaliser going into the break.
The second half delivered as much action as the first. Both teams pushed into opposition territory and put pressure on the defence. This forced errors from both sides and we managed to survive a number of free kicks.
In the 63rd minute AmaZulu were not as lucky and Khoza received a second yellow for his transgressions, and his exit off the pitch.
Amazulu were forced to try and close the gaps and looked like they were ready to park the bus.
We continued our attack on them and Falakhe was unfortunate not to score off a free kick on the edge of the box. He cleared the wall but the ball hit the crossbar.
Persistence eventually paid off in the 77th minute as Sabelo found the back of the net to secure the lead in the game.
A well executed team effort on the field today which paid off with a well deserved win for the youngsters.
The team will return to Durban and prepare for another away game o the 24th as we face Blowmfontein Celtic at Dr.Molemela Stadium.
This weekend we kick off the Diski action in Vosloorus with a Derby game against AmaZulu at 10am tomorrow morning.
With the youngsters not reaping the rewards of their efforts that they have been putting in on the field, and finding themselves sitting 12th on the log, they will be looking to return home with full points after their Derby encounter.
They have been unfortunate on the pitch and have not found the back of the net as often as they would like. This has seen the techincal team working with the team on finishing leading up to tomorrows encounter.
AmaZulu have won four of their Multichoice Diski encounters, drawn two and lost just one to give them 14 points in this seasons competition.
It puts them just two points off the lead behind Cape Town City and Bidvest Wits, a position they will be keen to build on.
The game will be an exciting start to the Festival at Vosloorus Stadium for the weekend, and another action packed encounter between the two teams.
The game will be televised on Supersport 4, and we will also be keeping you updated with live play by play of the game on Twitter and Facebook
Probably the most disappointing result of this season. We had a huge opportunity to put daylight between ourselves and the bottom 5 teams, but we also had an opportunity to cement a top eight place so to say we’re disappointed would be an understatement.
We created enough chances to win this match but lost it eventually after conceding two of the softest goals you’re likely to see, one from a defender slipping and the other a goalkeeping error. I can’t be too hard on the boys because they are trying their best in the absence of Nkombelo, Lunga, Zuke, Phiri, Ndwandwe and Buthelezi who are all out injured
The Diski team were held to a goalless draw this morning by Baroka FC at Princess Magogo Stadium. Although we dominated possession, it was some solid goalkeeping from Baroka that denied us the points.
After coming onto the field and looking to set the tempo of the game, Baroka were shortly on the back foot as the Diski boys answered their attacking play with calculated counter attacks. For periods of play, we held the visitors in their last third as we spread the ball and looked for opportunities to create spaces to score.
This game plan served us well and saw us create a healthy number of scoring chances. Baroka’s keeper, Molapo, was determined to keep a clean sheet though and played out of his boots to achieve his goal.
He saw goal attempts from Ndelu, Mathenjwa and N.Dube in the first half.
We maintained a good work rate throughout the game and gave the visitors little chance to counter, but had to survive two well executed offensive plays from the Limpopo outfit. Cebekhulu looked confident and calm as he managed to control the ball from their attacking plays and only once faltered, but the shot was just off target an found the side netting.
The result is not indicative of the play from the Diski team, however they will have to settle for just the one point for their efforts.
They will prepare this week for their upcoming Derby game against Amazulu on the 17th which is to be played at Vosloorus Stadium at 10h00.
A resurgence in play in the last 10 minutes of play was not enough to pull back an equaliser against a determined Baroka FC this afternoon.
After having started the game confidently this afternoon and taking advantage of some well executed plays with Conco heading up the attack, we forced errors from the visitors and won a free kick.
Cele took the set piece, played a fantastic ball into the box that Lamola managed to get a header on and flick past Chipezeze for the lead. This set up a good 30 minutes of attacking play that saw us use the ball well, getting behind the defence and putting pressure on their goals.
Chipezeze did well to deny us a number of shots and then set a counter play us that saw Dickens equalise just 10 minutes before the half time break.
Baroka took the lead just two minutes after returning from the break as Vusi Sibiya rose to meet a free kick and headed it past Gumede.
We had a number of attempts at goals. Conco had a shot which was well defended by Chipezeze. Sibeko then managed to get into position and unleash a shot, but came up wide.
Coach Larsen then substituted both Sibeko and Sibiya, looking to change the angle of attack with the introduction of Venter and Mutizwa.
The dynamics of the game changed a bit, but strong defending and unconvincing attacking plays saw us suffer another loss at home.
We have another lengthy break until December when we return to the field to face Kaizer Chiefs at home on the 1st.
Tomorrow we take to the field as we face off against Baroka FC in our only ABSA Premiership game of the month. We kick off at Princess Magogo Stadium at 15h30.
The side have been in preparation for the game since coming off 2 away draws on the road against Free State Stars and SuperSport United. Two important league points were accumulated, however a home win would be good for the morale of the side as we head towards the season break.
We last played Baroka in the first round of the Telkom Cup. We lost the game 2-0.
The objective tomorrow will be a home win and a full points for Coach Larsen and the team.
Baroka FC have been running on a high lately, with two wins in the Telkom Knockout rounds, however, have not enjoyed the same form in their Premiership games.
They have lost two of their encounters and drawn one coming into tomorrows game. They are a fighting team though, and will not give an inch on the field as they look to secure a win.
Sitting at 15th on the log, they will want to claw their way from the bottom at any opportunity they have.
We are sure to be in for a spectacular game, and would like to encourage our supporters to be there in numbers. The boys are looking forward to playing at home and would be encouraged by a great turn out.
We will be keeping you informed on the games proceeding over our social media platforms should you be unable to attend.
Our Diski Boys are back in action this weekend as they kick off their 7th MDC game against 8th placed Baroka, on Sunday at 10:00 at the Princess Magogo stadium.
The boys have performed well so far on the field this season but have struggled to translate that performance into goals and positive results.
The coaches however, have been impressed with the consistent play and have been working on the finishing of the youngsters to try and encourage them and boost their confidence as the season progresses.
The team is confident ahead of Sundays home game and are keen to impress a home crowd against the Polokwane outfit.
We would like to encourage our supporters to get to the stadium and get behind the youngsters as they take to the field. Entry to the game is free.
Keep up to date on the game with our social media platforms should you not be able to be there.
Finally our players can get some deserved rest after a grueling 9 days where played 3 consecutive away games against Baroka in the cup then Free State Stars away and finally Supersport.
At a time when we have been hard hit by injuries our players have shown great resolve and commitment in two extremely difficult games against Stars and Supersport. Getting two draws away from home is a credible achievement under the current circumstances.
The players deserve all the credit for putting in such a sterling effort. We could have won both games with a bit of luck but are nevertheless happy to have got something out of both games.
We managed to bring another point home this afternoon as we played to an exciting draw to SuperSport United at Mbombela Stadium.
In what was a game of two halves that, in the last 10 minutes could have gone either way, we managed to hold out and secure the draw.
SuperSport United looked to set an early dominance in the first half.They attacked consistently in the first ten minutes of play and had us on the back foot defensively. We managed to hold them off and successful took the ball up on the counter trying to open their defence up.
We were able to create some chances but non that were enough to rattle them.
The end to end play continued and saw SuperSport open the scoring as Keene headed the ball past Sibisi as he defended an open goal.
With two minutes until the half time break, this was a promising position for the home side to be in.
Returning to the field, United continued their attacking play. Coach Larsen made a tactical change at the break, bringing on Sibeko and this move saw a change in our attacking play.
He utilised the ball well and started to put pressure on a strong SuperSport defence. This saw spaces opening up, and along with Lamola and Conco we continued this avenue of attack.
We got the rewards in the 68th minute as Sibeko received the ball, played up the centre and layed off to Conco coming up on the attack. Conco took his chance, made the shot and equalised.
We created a number of opportunities in much the same way, and had shots on target from Sibeko, Lamola and Conco. Williams however defended his goal well and we could just not get the winning shot we were seeking.
SuperSport were not letting us take the game and too had some threatening plays. Keene was close to scoring a brace twice, and Gumede had his work cut out until the last minute of extra time to keep us in the points.
A positive result, even though only a draw, but coming back from a goal down saw some fire return to our play.
We have a two week break now to build on this and prepare for our home game against Baroka FC at home on the 10th November.
We end of a grueling travelling week with our game against SuperSport United being played at Mbombela Stadium tomorrow afternoon at 15h30.
After a mid week clash that saw us return to Durban with a point against Free State Stars, the team has had a busy two days preparing for the game.
It has been ‘all hands on deck’ as the technical team have dealt with player recovery and preparation ahead of Sundays game.
More points away from home will be important in the teams season aspirations and a win against the 4th placed Matsatsantsa will go a long way in keeping that on track.
SuperSport should be well rested after a week break since their Telkom Knockout game against Polokwane City.
In their last two league games against Baroka FC and Polokwane City, they drew both games and a home win for them could see them climb a place on the log.
The game will be televised on SS4 (204) and we will also do the normal updates on our social media channels.
A last minute goal from Daylon Claasen saw Bidvest Wits snatch the game away from us at Bidvest Stadium today.
Both teams went head to head throughout the battle and had passages of play that promised a goal. Both Mlungwane and Goss, for Wits, had to make some decent saves to keep their team in contention.
We took the game to them with our possession and did well to use the ball constructively but we were not able to find the target.
In the second half, play went from end to end, as both teams fought hard to create space.
In the end it was the last play of the game that saw Wits win the ball, play into the box and get a match winning shot on target.
The team will have a couple of weeks break before playing at home against Baroka FC at home on the 11th November.
The Diski Boys get back into action tomorrow as they face off against Bidvest Wits in their 6th encounter of the season. The game will be played at Bidvest Stadium with a 10am kick off.
The youngsters have not been lucky so far this season and have lost two games and drawn two due to their finishing in the last third.
It has been a major point of concentration in the break since their last encounter at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium against Highlands Park.
The style of play that has seen the team take the title twice is so prevalent in the side, but it has just been the final touches that have let them down in the last third.
This sees them sitting 11th on the league table at the moment, three positions behind a Bidvest Wits side that is looking confident on the field.
The Clever Boy’s side has won three and drawn two so far this season and are taking each game at a time in what is turning out to be one of the most closely contended Diski seasons so far.
At 8th place they are just 3 points off the top of the log and will be fighting for a home win and maximum points.
Last season we met the Joburg outfit in the last game of the season at Bidvest Stadium and managed to beat them 2-0. The team will look at replicating this performance on the field tomorrow.
If you are near the stadium come and catch our aspiring Diski players in action or follow us on social media for updates on the game.
Anytime a team concedes late from a winning position will always hurt, especially away from home. We held our own for the best part of 70 minutes and weren’t too threatened except for two Moseamedi headers that were off target.
We needed to get a second goal because we knew late on they would go the aerial route and cause us problems which they did.Credit to Stars they used their height advantage to good effect and after piling on the pressure in the last 20 minutes they got the equalizer with their 3 subs Jantjie, Jappie and Rodgers all having a positive impact.
What’s even more disappointing is that we could have gone 1 point behind Chiefs who are sitting 3rd in the league.
It was a game of two halves as we drew to a determined Free State Stars at Goble Park tonight.
Both of the sides took some time to settle into the game tonight, each weighing up their opposition and trying to determine the game plan before settling into the game.
We made a solid attempt in the 6th minute with a turn and shoot from Mutizwa but his attempt was wide of the mark.
This set the pace for the first half and we fought hard to push up and seek opportunities to get behind the home defence.
Our defence was solid, doing well against the aerial balls from Free State Stars, with Gumede working hard as the last line of defence.
We lost Zwane early in the game after a collision with Stembiso Dlamini, giving Romario Dlamini his debut game. The youngster contributed well in the game both on the offensive and defensive side.
In the 37th minute we secured the lead off a well placed free kick from Cele, that beat the players in the box, bounced and flew into goals, past a diving Sangare.
This saw an increased attack from Free State Stars ahead of the break which we managed well, with Gumede tipping an attempt from Moseamedi over the bar.
We had limited attempts in the second half. Mutizwa once again had a shot at goals but put it over in the 51st minute, but barring this there was nothing that we produced that threatened the hosts.
The last 20 minutes of the game belonged to Ea Lla Koto. After they introduced Rodgers into the game, they increased the aerial attack, forcing us back in defence and fighting to keep them out of the last third.
We did well to hold them off as they had wave after wave of play into our box, but eventually in the 87th minute their game plan payed off with a Rodgers cross finding Moseamedi placed well and he put the ball in the back of the net.
There was not enough time in the half to try and find the win and the spoils were eventually shared.
We travel back to Durban and prepare for our third game away in the week as we head off again to play SuperSport United at Mbombela Stadium on Sunday.
We get the second away game in a row underway with a trip to the Free State where we face Free State Stars tomorrow night at Goble Park. Kick off will be at 19h30.
We currently sit a point behind Ea Lla Koto on the log, but with a game in hand. An away win would give the team a chance of climbing back into contention for a top 8 position.
The team will be looking to secure as many points as possible on the road.
Free State Stars have had mixed results, much the same as us, and will be hoping to continue on a winning streak after thier last 2-0 League win against Bloemfontein Celtic.
The game will be an important one for both sides morale after coming off first round exits in the Telkom Knockout Cup.
The game will be televised live on SuperSport4, and there will be the usual coverage from us on all social media channels.
We used this opportunity to give game time to our players who have not played much this season. We gave ourselves a mountain to climb after conceding in the first minute of the game.
Taking into account that we fielded most of our players who have not got much game time this season, we grew into the game but lacked any cutting edge in the final 3rd.
We got a lot of information from this exercise as some players showed they are closer to selection while others still have some way to go. We now look forward to being competitive in the league.
We suffered another first round exit in the Telkom Knockout tonight against Baroka FC at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium.
In a disruptive weekend that saw the kick off time of the game being changed after only arriving in Polokwane in the early hours of the morning after a delay in travel, the weekend just did not improve for us as we went a goal down in the first minute against Bakgaga.
From the kick off, they played to the right and then put a well placed cross in for Makagaka. He made no mistake and put the home side in the lead.
We took some time to get back into the game but dominated play in the last 25 minutes of the first half as we fought to break the defence and find an equaliser going into the break.
This did not pay off for us and we needed to come back in the second stanza, and ensure that we scored first in the half in hope of having a chance of coming back into the game.
Once again we had a spike in our play as Sabelo, Jooste and Magubane entered the game, but their impact was not enough to find the back of the net.
Baroka managed to seal the game in the 80th minute with a well placed header from Sodi, ensuring our exit from the 2018 competition.
We had a number of appeals for fouls in the box, but referee Ndaba did not agree with our appeals, and waved the game on.
An unfortunate result for the team tonight.
Our focus will change again to our League commitments as we head into a busy week with 2 away games over the next 7 days. the first against Free State Stars on Wednesday night and then SuperSport United next Sunday.
We take a break from the league this weekend as we take part in our first round of the Telkom Knockout Cup fixture tomorrow against Baroka FC at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium, kick off at 15h30.
We have an opportunity to chase some silverware for the season, and our first round draw against Baroka FC is a positive first step in advancing in the competition.
Baroka are not an easy club to play and do not give away games. They also fight for their place when it comes to the Cup competitions and Tomorrow’s encounter will be an exciting game to watch.
Coach Larsen is positive about the fixture and believes its an opportunity for the team to perform and reap the reward for their efforts.
“Every small team is always looking forward to cup competitions. We are also a small team. We will try and have a good run and see if we can have the silverware.” Coach Larsen told IOL news.
The game will be televised on SABC 1, and for those of you not able to watch, you can follow us on either Facebook or Twitter as we provide you with an up to the minute feed.
The under17 side have had a busy season this year. They have played 25 games to date in their League and currently sit 4th on the log.
The season has seen some promising players come out of their shell in the side. We have had some stellar performances from the team with a total of 61 goals being scored in the season. Contributing to this has been Kyle Tyssen, Mnqobi Luthuli, Jazmin Stapelfeldt and Nkonzenhle Hlongwa who have all contributed over 10 goals each.
It has been a solid team effort that has enabled this, and in the process seen the team achieve an admiral work rate. They have won 14 of their encounters, drawn 7 and lost just 4 to see them accumulate 49 points in the league.
This is at present 10 points short of the top of the log, but only 3 from securing at least a third spot in the seasons league.
We would like to congratulate the coach and team on their results so far as well as thank the parents who support these young players week in and week out from the side of the field.
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A goalless draw was the result of our efforts at Sugar Ray Stadium this morning against Highlands Park.
Both teams answered each other play for play in the 90 minutes of game time. Each creating opportunities to score but failing to capitalise on the opportunities.
The team looked good on attack and took the game to their opponents from every angle, but at times seemed indecisive at the finish, ultimately costing them the game.
Defensively we were strong. We handled the high ball better than usual and managed to turn this attack into counter plays.
Only in the last 15 minutes did we seem more confident with our shots at target. Sabelo had a beautiful left footed shot which had the Highlands keeper diving up and to his left to make the save. Ndaba and Khwela too had some great passages of pressure with convincing shots. But it was all too late an effort.
The team have a 2 week break before their next match against Bidvest Wits at the Bidvest Stadium and will need to come up with a solid game plan in order to secure some needed points in the competition.
This weekend sees the Diski action come to Cleremont as Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium hosts a Diski Festival on Saturday and Sunday.
The team take to the pitch in Sundays mornings first game at 10am, as we take on Highlands Park.
The Diski side have not had a successful start to the season as they would have liked. After 4 games, they have won just one encounter, drawn one and lost two. This sees them sitting 11th on the Diski log at present.
They have been unlucky not to score more, as their game has been a consistant and disciplined one since the start of the season. It has been finishing that has let the side down, and they have been working on their finishing in the last 3rd to try and change this.
Highlands Park could be the hungrier of the sides as they sit at the bottom of the log, just one place above Maritzburg United. They have yet to secure a win in the season and have only a point off a draw so far.
Tickets are available from the Stadium this afternoon. So please make sure you get yours and come and enjoy the day with us and the Multichoice Diski competition.
All games in the festival will be shown live on SuperSport 4 (204) if you are elsewhere in the country and would like to catch the action.
The Telkom Knockout Cup 2018 last 16 draw took place at the SuperSport studios this evening.
The draw saw each of the clubs represented by their relevent coaches as Lux September once again headed up proceedings.
We had to wait until the end to learn our fate as the fixtures were drawn one by one.
We drew an away game against Baroka FC for our first fixture in this seasons installment of the competition.
The remainder of the draw is as follows, with the first team being the home team:
AmaZulu FC vs Cape Town City
Mamelodi Sundowns vs Bloemfontein celtic
Polokwane City vs SuperSport United
Freestate Stars v Bidvest Wits
Orlando Pirates v Chippa United
Kaizer Chiefs v Black Leopards
Maritzburg Utd v Highlands Park
Fixture times will be confirmed as soon as they are released but games should get underway on the 21st October.
Finally we get a win after a dominant home performance. Still not converting at a good ratio but again solid defensively,3rd straight clean sheet and a very attacking display.
We pleased for the players that all their hard work has finally paid dividends .A strong attitude and well executed tactical approach was evident in today’s performance.
Happy that finally our supporters have something to smile about.
A 63rd minute goal from Knox Mutizwa saw us secure full points against Black Leopards this afternoon at Princess Magogo Stadium.
We started the game strong an forced Black Leopards to defend from the first minute as we pushed into their half, looking to create space and scoring opportunities.
Danny Venter, Siboniso Conco and Knox Mutizwa all had shots at goals, but were just not able to convert the opportunities. Ndlovu did well between the sticks for the visitors and had more to contend with than Gumede on the opposite side of the field.
We were forced to make an early change just before the break, as Venter left the field after twisting his knee. He was replaced by Sibiya.
It was a seamless change as our offensive game plan continued just minutes after as Lamola had a shot on target.
The second half saw an impressive work rate from the team. Conco once again did well to play the ball into favourable positions.
His work rate and skill got us into the box, he played a great cut back to Mutizwa who made no mistake to find the back of the net.
We had a number of other shots at goals, to no avail, and had to deal with a last ditch attempt by Leopards to break our defence as we fought to retain the win.
A well deserved Man of the Match award for Conco, and a deserved win for the team this afternoon.
We have a break now until the 24th of October when we travel to take on Free State Stars at Goble Park, 19h30 kick off.
We were unlucky not to open the scoring in the 13th minute as we capitalised on a turn over ball. N.Dube was fed a long ball on the counter. Mpandle came out of the box in defence, failed to connect an clear the ball, this allowed Dube to run around him an have a shot on at goals.
Farmer was back in defence quickly for the home side however and made a telling clear off the line to deny us a goal.
Both sides did well to get into the last third for the remainder of the half. Neither managed to capitalise on their chances though, with The Team of Choice only seriously testing Mlungwana once, as he dived to make a save to his left.
Returning to the field, the sides once again took some time to settle but once they were in the zone it was a battle from both sides.
We created a number of opportunities to score. Mpandle kept Maritzburg in the game though with some solid keeping. If it was not for him, we could have been 4 goals up at the end of the game.
Maritzburg United are always a tough contender, and todays game was no different. They used their ball well and put us under pressure a number of times.
Our defence was solid and Mlungwana did a great job to keep their shots on target out of goals.
Although a win would have been preferred, it was a solid performance from the boys who prepare for their next game against Highland Park at the Diski Festival at Sugar Ray Xulu stadium next weekend.
We are hoping to capitalize on home advantage tomorrow as we face Black Leopards at 15h30 in Kwa-Mashu.
After a positive performance on Wednesday night against Orlando Pirates, Coach Larsen and his man are looking to execute a floor-less game plan at Princess Magogo Stadium.
The team has shown determination in the outings so far this season, but have not reaped the full reward for their efforts.
Tomorrows game should be a turn around in fortune for the side as they take on Lidoda Duvha, however they should not be treated as underdogs.
After returning to the top flight of football, they have fought hard to secure 8 points in 7 games so far.
They have beaten Baroka and Polokwane City , while drawing with Highlands Park and Chippa United to add to their point tally.
Their losses have been to SuperSport United, Bloem Celtic and Orlando Pirates.
The Limpopo outfit play with guts and determination and will be looking to upset us at home come game time.
The game will be televised live on SuperSport10 (210), but we would encourage you to come to the stadium to get behind the side.
Tickets will be R40 for Adults and R15 for u12’s at the gates.
As always, follow us on our social media platforms should you not be able to get to the stadium and enjoy our play-by-play commentary on the game.
We have Diski action this weekend as we take on Maritzburg United on Sunday morning in a Derby game at Harry Gwala Stadium. Kick off at 10am.
The side has not had the strongest start to the season, securing just one win after three games. With a number of young new players in the side, this is not the worst scenario to be in, however, it is important for us to add points to our tally.
The team of Choice could very possibly be hard to beat. They have nothing to lose and all to win as they have not yet secured any points in the competition so far this season.
They have played three games and lost all, and only scored one goal in the process.
This should make them hungry for the win come game time.
If you are in the province capital, get to the stadium and get behind our Diski boys as they continue their 2018 campaign.
The game is not televised, but we will be keeping you up to date with play by play of the game on our social media twitter and Facebook
Another clean sheet,another good performance and still can’t get that elusive win.
We had a huge opportunity to get all three points had we again taken one of the chances we created. Our team organization was on point as the players executed our game plan with high focus and concentration.
Pirates failed to test Gumede at any point of the match and that says a lot about the teams structure and tactical organization.
Our players deserve all the credit for once more fighting wholeheartedly for the badge.
We have played to a goalless draw with Orlando Pirates tonight at Orlando Stadium.
We created a number of opportunities in the first half with Phiri narrowly missing a chance in the 13th minute and then Conco and Sibeko managed to get shots away.
A minute before half time, Sibiya lined up a free kick on the edge of the box, but fired it straight to Mpontshane.
The Buccaneers enjoyed possession in the first 45 but failed to find penetrative passes as our defensive players managed to close down the majority of their plays.
Orlando Pirates came out firing in the first couple of minutes in the second half. They put pressure on our defence and kept us on the back foot, having to defend on both sides of the park as Lorch and Pule attacking the goals.
We used our counter attack well and had an opportunity when Sibeko had a header from a flick on. Again Mpontshane made the save and kept the game goalless.
Lamola was introduced off the bench to attempt to change the game for us. It had limited affect for us as we failed to use the change of pace to our advantage.
A solid performance from our defence tonight, and good execution of Coach Larsen’s game plan. But we just failed to convert the chances again to secure full points from the encounter.
We return to Durban and will prepare for our weekend game at home against Black Leopards on Sunday at 15h30.
Tomorrow night we return to the field as we take on Orlando Pirates at Orlando Stadium. The mid-week encounter will kick off at 19h30.
Coming off a draw in our last game against Chippa United, the team is needing to find some additional points in the 2018/19 campaign.
This is not an impossible mission against the Buccaneers, who have had mixed results so far this season, although sitting top of the log. With draws against Highlands Park and Cape Town City as well as losses to Bloem Celtic and Bidvest Wits, they have proven they can be vulnerable on game days.
We have struggled to find form so far. Although we have had some promising games, it has just not been a great start to the season.
That being said, we have the ability to bounce back and the opportunity to do this against the log leading team
We would encourage our Gauteng supporters to get to Soweto and support the team. Your presence at the stadium would be greatly appreciated.
The game will be televised on SuperSport 4 (Channel 204) and we will be keeping you close to the game with our play-by-play feed on our social media platforms.
Two points dropped at home feels like a loss. Again we dominated but failed to break the deadlock.
Credit to the players for the enthusiasm and energy with which they approached this game. Being the 3rd game in 7days we still ran tirelessly until the final whistle. Credit too must go to our fitness trainer Pedro Picarro for a great job in not only conditioning the team the way he has but also for getting us to recover in time to compete again.
As the head coach I take full responsibility for the poor results we’ve had of late.
It was another tough battle for us today in the rain soaked Princess Magogo Stadium where we played to a goalless draw against Chippa United.
We came out at the start of the game showing good intention, and narrowly missed an opportunity to open the scoring when Lamola had a shot which narrowly passed across the face of the goals.
The team did well to execute well planned moves, often getting into the last third but then facing the defence of the visitors who fell back quickly and closed down any clear shots on goal.
It was then a missed shot on target from Venter that kept us out of the scoring in the 22nd minute. Shortly after we allowed Lentjies to have Chippa’s first real chance at target, which he proceeded to put over the bar.
Chippa then had a flourish of play before the break, where they pushed into the half from different angles and created an opportunity for Mbenyane which had Gumede diving to make the save.
This style of play continued for both sides in the second half.
We created a number of chances and play livened up with the introduction of Sibiya, Jooste and Zuke, but nothing we threw at the visitors was enough to catch them off guard.
A valuable point earned before the almost two week break, after which we return to the field with a midweek game against Orlando Pirates in Soweto.
Our Diski side have lost another away game today against a 10 man Polokwane City at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium.
The first half of the game saw the feisty home side reduced to 10 men a number of minutes after they failed to take the lead off a penalty.
This did not dampen their determination to secure a win, and they fought valiantly to ensure that we did not get the opportunity to take the lead.
Their keeper, Meschak Radebe, stood as a pillar between the sticks and denied us shot after shot to keep his side alive.
We dominated possession, but Polokwane played quick and precise counter moves that put us on the back foot as they tried to force the errors.
In the second half, they managed to pull off a well executed counter, get in behind the defence and create an opportunity.
Mlungwana made no mistake in the 83rd minute, securing the home win for Polokwane City.
We return home and have 2 weeks to prepare for our Diski Derby match against Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium on October 7th.
Our Diski Boys have another opportunity to get some points on the board as they travel to Polokwane to take on Polokwane City in the Diski Challenge tomorrow at 10am, at the Old Peter Mokaba stadium.
Coming off a successful game against Orlando Pirates last weekend, the side will be looking to bring home another 3 points and increasing their goal difference after tomorrows game.
It will be a tough game against a side who have remained unbeaten so far in their campaign, securing a win and a draw so far, to accumulate 4 points.
The side are confident of a positive result after their 90 minutes tomorrow, and another win away will go a long way in defending the title.
The game will not be televised so Follow us on Facebook and twitter for updates and results tomorrow morning.
We end off a busy last 7 days tomorrow with a home game against Chippa United.The game will get underway at 3pm at Princess Magogo Stadium.
After 2 defeats in our last two encounters against Highlands Park and Mamelodi Sundowns, Coach Larsen will be looking at his chosen 11 to secure some much needed points in this last game of the month of September
In his post match message, the Coach said ‘credit must go to the players for their performance although again the result was a negative one. A performance like this against Chippa on Saturday and I’m sure we will get the result we all want.’
This is a clear indication of his confidence in the players to deliver on what he knows they are capable of as a unit.
Chippa are currently sitting on 4 points after 5 games.In their last 3 encounters they have won one, lost one and drawn one. They will be hoping to collect some points away from home and as we know, are capable of creating upsets.
On the day, they can be a tough opponent to beat.
We would like to call on our supporters to get behind the side at home. Numbers in the stands would be an encouragement to the club as a whole. Tickets are R40 adults and R10 kids U12. You can buy your tickets at the stadium on match day
We will be covering the game once again on Twitter and Facebook should you be unable to get to the game.
There was never a better time to get one over Sundowns than this match.
For the first time we dominated them for long periods but failed to turn that dominance into goals and as is usually the case we conceded against the run of play.
But credit must go to the players for their performance although again the result was a negative one. A performance like this against Chippa on Saturday and I’m sure we will get the result we all want.
Sundowns got the upper hand on us tonight as they return home with 3 points from the nights encounter.
The team looked like they had renewed enthusiasm as they started the game tonight. They showed determination until the last minute of the game as they fought in the end to secure at least a draw.
The first half saw Coach Larsen’s charges taking on Sundowns, with Lamola missing out on an opportunity to grab the lead off a poorly played ball back to Pieterse. Lamola lost his balance and was not able to get his foot to the ball.
With the visitors trying to establish rhythm, Mngwengwe’s men were able to remain quick and dangerous on the counter.
Still, we allowed Masandawana chances and they used their possession advantage to have shots at goal. Silva was allowed some space in the 30th minute, but found the side netting.
The pressure paid off for them in the 43rd minute as Maboe, with a run against play, took a low shot, beating Gumede and giving the visitors the lead just minutes before the break.
The second half saw us defending more than we would have liked. Mzava and Mngwengwe had work to do at the back and were assisted well by Sibisi and Lunga.
We did have a number of strong plays into the last third. We were caught off side a number of times as we pushed the attacking line, and on other occasions failed once again to finish off on any chances we created.
The introduction of Zuke seemed to add some punch to the play, but this was not enough to give us the upper hand on the park.
We will finish off a demanding 7 days with our third game on Saturday, at home, against Chippa United. Kick off will be at 3pm, and we appeal to all of our supporters to come and get behind the side again as we fight to break this unrewarding period of play.
It’s action stations at home tomorrow night as we host Mamelodi Sundowns at Princess Magogo Stadium in our mid-week ABSA Premiership match. Kick-off at 19h30.
Coming off a disappointing away game to Highlands Park, Coach Larsen will be wanting the team to bounce back in front of a home crowd against Masandawana.
The determination and fight in the side is one that can see them secure 3points at home against the travelling team. With senior players stepping up and leading the youngsters, it’s a combination that could see us producing positive play over 90 minutes.
Three points at home would do us the world of good at the moment, and that is the major objective tomorrow nights encounter.
Sundowns will be hunting to accumulate more points away from home after playing to a 3-all draw with AmaZulu FC on Sunday afternoon.
With a game in hand at the moment, the Brazillians are sitting just a point out of the top 8 at present. Any points gained will see them climb in contention for top spot on the table again.
The game will be televised on SuperSport 11 (Channel 211), but we encourage you to get to the stadium to catch the game live.
Tickets are available from TicketPro outlets (Spar, Jet, CNA, Edgars Active, Postnet) at R40 for adults and R15 for kids u12.
Based on our overall performance I don’t think we deserved anything from this game. For the first time this season I can say we did not fight like we usually do.
That was disappointing because that’s the foundation upon which we build our performances. We need to play with more belief and with more composure and maturity.
Highly disappointing result against a team that only really threatened on set plays and crosses. Credit to Highlands for being strong in those two areas of their play..
A brace from Mvala helped to see Highlands Park to a home win this afternoon at Makhulong Stadium.
With the pressure being put onto us from the first whistle, we struggled to find any rhythm in our game.
We were tried defensively throughout the first half and were not able to use our possession constructively. This caused us frustration on the field, which resulted in us conceding a penalty in the 20th minute. Mvala stepped up to the mark and made no mistake in finding the back of the net.
Twelve minutes later, we managed to equalise off a free kick. Danny Venter did well to beat the wall and score the first half equaliser.
We barely had time to regroup as Mvala scored his brace just nine minutes before the half time break.
Coming back from the break, the team seemed to consolidate slightly.
We looked more confident on attack and managed to get behind the defence and create chances. We could just not finish the way we would have liked to though.
Coach Larsen introduced both Lamola and Moreira into play. This helped in creating chances and staying in the opponent’s last third, however nothing we threw at them managed to get past Kapini.
A tough loss this afternoon but the team need to regroup and prepare as we look toward our game against Sundowns on Wednesday night at Princess Magogo stadium
Another thrilling installment of the Multichoice Diski Challenge took place today as we faced Orlando Pirates at Orlando Stadium.
The teams took to the field and went head to head in a battle that could have lead to either team opening the scoring in the first ten minutes. Poor finishing from both sides denied them this advantage.
We played a well executed game plan, and managed to get behind the opponents defence, but had a number of shots that just lacked the right touch to convert into a goal.
Our attacking game pus the lead for the rest of the half.
Returning to the field, it did not take long for us to go on the attack again. Pirates were ready for this and countered our plays well. Looking to get into the gaps and take advantage. This allowed them to play into our last third a number of times.
Tshanini made a hard tackle on one movement, and being in the box, was penalised for the infringement. Mabaso placed the ball and converted it for the home side to equalise.
We managed to see off a number of attacks on goal by Pirates after that. They had us on the back foot for a decent amount of time, but perseverance eventually paid off in the last 10 minutes as we countered well and found the winning goal off the boot of Dube.
A positive day for the side as they return home to prepare for next weeks game against Polokwane City.
Our Diski boys take on Orlando Pirates in the seasons second game on Sunday at 12h00.
After an unfortunate loss last Sunday to Kaizer Chiefs, the team are looking to get onto the points board as they face Orlando Pirates in Soweto.
It is still early in the season, but the Multichoice Diski season is only 15 games long, so every point that can be accumulated is important.
With the team looking to successfully defend their MDC Title for the season, they will have to dig deep down and work at returning home with a full 3 points on Sunday.
Pirates never had a great start to their season either, and will also be keen to get points behind them on Sunday.
Fans should be in store for another great entertaining game and are encouraged to get to the Orlando Stadium to catch all of the action on the day.
Follow us on our Facebook and Twitter for all of the game action before we move across to Makhulong Stadium for the first team game against Highlands North at 15h00.
We return to ABSA Premiership action on Sunday with a game against Highlands Park at Makhulong Stadium, kick off at 15h00.
Our fifth ABSA action sees us taking on 11th placed Highlands Park in a game in which we need to come home with full points.
After having a great win against Maritzburg United in our opening game we have only managed to secure 2 points from our last three games. This has been from draws with Cape Toen City and Polokwane City.
The coaching staff and players have been concentrating on finishing off our chances in the last third over the past 2 weeks of training. Converting chances into goals has been an important strategy at practice, and this now needs to be pulled into our game and put that practice into action.
Highlands park have had a fighting start to their campaign. In saying that they have yet to lose a game in the season, having played a draw againt Pirates, Black Leopards, Sundowns and Baroka FC.
This team is one that shows up to the fight, and Sunday will be no different for them as they look to secure their first home win on Sunday.
The game will not be televised, however, we will be keeping you close to the action as we give you play-by-play news on our social media platforms.
The Multichoice Diski Challenge got underway for us today as we took on Kaizer Chiefs at Hammersdale Stadium.
With a game that saw both sides creating chances early on in the first half, but failing to capitalise on them, it ended in a game filled with drama as we finished off the last 10 minutes a man short.
The playing conditions were not optimal at the stadium today. The long grass on the field meant that the ball did not carry well and slowed down a lot off the boot.
We created a number of chances to score, but our decision making in the last third and finishing was poor this afternoon.
Taking all of this into consideration, the turning point of the game was when Conco failed to convert a penalty awarded after Khwela was taken down just inside the box.
He placed the ball and took his shot. Mbuva made the save, but he looked off his line and at this stage the frustration of the players started to boil.
Shortly after this, The Glamour Boys managed to play a quick counter move, get positioned well and Lekoatsa took a shot that found the back of the net.
The frustration got the better of Kaleb Parusnath who was booked for dissent after voicing his opinion after a Chiefs player went down as a time wasting tactic.
This compounded our fight and made it more difficult to get back into the last third while needing to close gaps in the field.
We were not able to find an equaliser and after 5 minutes of additional play, succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to Amakhosi.
There were however a number of positives to take from the game. There were stellar performances from some players who made their debut today Samkelo Mgwazela, Thandokwakhe Hlabisa, N.Dube did well on the ball, looking to create scoring chances, Siphamandla Nzuza had a solid defensive game, Tshanini also did well to read play well and move the ball.
It will be back to the drawing board for Coaches as they prepare for the match against Orlando Pirates on the 16th of September.
We would like to thank all supporters who attended the Festival today. It was encouraging to see the numbers in the stadium, and we are sure that in the seasons to come, Hammersdale Stadium will be visited once again.
The 2018/19 MultiChoice Diski Challenge season gets underway with an opening festival at Hammersdale Stadium on Sunday 09 September.
We get the opportunity to kick off our defence of the title as we host Kaizer Chiefs, with the game kicking off at 15h00.
Chiefs finished their last Diski season off at 5th place after having played 15 games in the season.
We will be looking to get a solid start and positive momentum on the season. We started our previous season against the same opponent, with the game being played at Sugar Ray Stadium and walked off the field 3-2 winners after a hard played game.
The Coaches and team will be looking to secure the same result in our opening game on Sunday.
Six clubs will battle it out on the day, with all KZN clubs taking part on the day.
Maritzburg United will play Mamelodi Sundowns at 10h00, AmaZulu FC will take on Orlando Pirates at 12h30, with our game finishing off the days proceedings at 15:00.
All games will be live on Supersport 4, and we will also be giving you live play by play of our game on our social media
We would like to encourage you to get to the stadium and enjoy the day of football, and getting behind the team as we kick the season off.
Once again the u17 season is turning out to be a close and competitive one between the teams involved.
With the season into full swing, its clear that there is a battle for the top position between Amazulu, KZN Academy and Lamontville Golden Arrows.
We have played 17 games so far, and secured full points for 10 of the games. We have drawn 6 games and lost only 1 to accumulate 36 points so far in the season.
This sees us sitting only 4 points behind the current log leaders, Amazulu who have 40 points after 19 games.
KZN Academy are also in close contention with 39 points after winning 12 of their matches.
KZN Academy and Ourselves have played 2 less games then log leader amazulu who have played a total of 19 games, while KZN academy and Ourselves have played 17.
The team has done well week in and week out with our games. Solid performances by the team as a whole has seen us get into scoring positions on the field and allowed Kyle Thyssen and Rowen Mathabeli to get into double figures with their number of goals.
Jazmin Stapelfeldt and Nkonzenhle Hlongwa are close behind with 8 goals each.
With 9 games left in the season, the coaches are working hard with the players to keep focus and maintain their objectives of winning the league.
We look forward to seeing how the team carries itself in the remainder of the season and we are positive that we will deliver the results expected.
We definitely look at this game as two points dropped instead of a point gained. After a positive start,a missed penalty and numerous squandered chances we broke the deadlock when Mngwengwe headed home from a Venter corner kick.
We allowed our visitors to come back into the match after dominating the opening 30 minutes and they equalized just before the break.
The second half was just the same as we squandered chance after chance although credit must also go to Chigova for keeping his team in the game with some telling saves.
An early goal from skipper Nkanyiso Mngwengwe was not enough against a determined Polokwane City tonight, as we finished with a draw at full time.
We missed an opportunity to open the scoring in the 6th minute after Conco was bought down just inside the box, and were awarded a penalty. Limbikani Mzava took the kick, but Polokwane City’s keeper, George Chigova did well to dive low to his right and make a telling save.
A well placed corner kick in the following play saw Mngwengwe go up, connect the ball well and find the back of the net off a well executed cross.
This set the pace of the first half, with Polokwane City fighting hard for an equaliser. We answered them play for play, getting into the last third, but being closed down by some good defending from the visitors. We had so many opportunities to add to the score board but yet again failed to convert our chances into goals, we had two opportunities that hit the cross bar.
The determination from Rise and Shine paid off though. In the 41st minute, a play up the far side of the field saw Rodney Ramagalela take a shot from outside the box. Gumede who had come off his line a bit in defence, tried to block the ball and managed to get a leg in the way, but the deflection was not enough to change the overall direction of the ball and the equaliser was scored.
Coming back onto the field in the second half, A change in tactic from Clinton Larsen saw the introduction of Wayde Jooste and Danny Phiri onto the field. Jooste’s introduction had a slight impact on the pace of the game and saw some promising plays between himself, Lamola and Mutizwa.
Ultimately the opportunities created never turned into anything. Opportunities were to be had by Mutizwa, substitute Moreira as well as Jooste but a determined Chigova denied us at every turn.
Polokwane City also had a number of chances in the second half, but it was not to be for either of the teams on the field tonight and in the end the points were once again shared.
We will go back to the drawing board and prepare for an away game on September 16th against Highlands Park at Makhulong Stadium.
Wednesday night see us back in action at home against Polokwane City in a 19h30 kick off at Princess Magogo Stadium.
The team have secured 4 points so far this season, with a win, a loss and a draw. Looking to collect our first 3 points at home of the season, the team has been preparing over the last 10 days under the watchful eye of coach Clinton Larsen.
After a well earned point away in the last game against Cape Town City, the coach was happy with the performance of the players, but identified the need for the players to be more decisive in the attacking third.
This would have been one of the points to work on in the training sessions over the last 10 days.
Polokwane City have had a shaky start to their season. With a loss against Black Leopards and Mamelodi Sundowns, but they found form in their last encounter as they beat Baroka FC 2-0 at home.
Rise and Shine can be a formidable team away from home, and will be wanting to increase their point tally as they travel to Durban this week.
We would like to encourage all of our supporters to come to Princess Magogo Stadium in support of the team on Wednesday.
The game will not be live on television, so If you’re around the country, follow us on Twitter or Facebook to catch our live play by play feed on the game.
Games in Cape Town are never easy and this was no different. Credit must go to the opposition as I believe they are a quality unit whom I believe will do very well this season.
But we traveled knowing we can get something out of this game and even had chances to win it in the end. Again we defended well as a team but lacked in decisive quality in the attacking third.
A clean sheet and a point away from home is not the worst result as we now look forward to hosting Polokwane at home.
Very proud of the efforts our players gave as they continue to fight for the badge.
A well fought encounter tonight saw us share the spoils with the Citizens at the Cape Town Stadium as we played to a nil-nil draw.
Playing with less possession tonight, we put up a good fight against Cape Town City. The rivalry saw a full 90 minutes of head to head action, in a game that did not seem to slow in pace.
The first half saw some promising end-to-end play from both sides.
Although they managed to have more opportunities, we created some promising chances on goal. We were denied a goal in the 36th minute as Conco took a shot. On target, the City keeper managed to get a hand on it, and then unluckily it hit the cross bar.
Both sides came out with determination in the second half. Again, a healthy encounter ensued that, neither of the sides managed to take advantage of opportunities created.
Coach Larsen tried to change things up after the break by bringing in Phiri and strengthening the mid field, looking at securing more ball and then later bringing Jooste off the bench.
This paid off on a number of moves, which saw both players doing well in getting the ball into the box. Finishing was our down fall though and none of the chances gave us clear opportunities on scoring.
It was then just before full time that we missed a golden opportunity to take the win. A clean cross from the far side by Jooste found Venter on the ball. He tried to direct his shot away from the Cape Town City keeper, but put just too much on the ball, which went wide of the target.
All in all, a positive point away from home.
The team will return to Durban and begin preparations for our second home game on the 29th against Polokwane City.
We travel to Cape Town on the weekend to take on Cape Town City on Saturday evening. The game will be played at Cape Town Stadium, with kick-off at 18h00.
Having started the season with a convincing win over Maritzburg United, the team have not managed to find the same form as they did in the Derby in their games against Bloem Celtic and Mamelodi Sundowns (MTN8).
After the MTN8 fixture, Coach Larsen was positive regarding the position play from the side and the improvement in the build up play.
This, as well as addressing the defensive issues regarding closing down play our opponent at the edge of the box would have been key factors in this weeks training ahead of our third ABSA Premiership clash of the season.
It will be a battle of 7th and 8th place on the log, taking current standings into consideration.
Cape Town City have had a similar performance to date, also having secured just 3 points from their two encounters. With a win over Supersport United (2-0) in their opening game, and then an away loss to Baroka (2-1), Benny McCarthy’s charges will be eager to notch up some points on their home turf.
Statistically the game could go either way. Over the last 2 seasons, we have won 1, drawn 1 an lost twice to the Mother City team.
It’s full points that we are looking for though.
If you are in Cape town and are able to support, we would love to see you in the stands.
You can catch the action on SuperSport 4 if you’re home. Or, follow us on Facebook or Twitter for a live play-by-play feed.
From the onset the boys really tried to go toe-to-toe with Sundowns
I don’t think Sundowns expected us to play the way we did in the first half where we tried to be on the front foot and tried to play offensively. I thought playing (Danny) Venter a bit deeper as a playmaker worked and it improved our build-up play.
I was very proud of the performance. Yes we could have done a bit better by closing (Sibusiso) Vilakazi down on the edge of the box with the first goal, but besides from that I thought the players did very well.
In the second half we conceded a goal because we lost possession on the edge of the box and good teams are going to punish you if you lose the ball in those areas.
It is a learning curve for the players, but I thought it was a huge improvement on our last match in terms of the team performance, so it is a step in the right direction.
There are lots of positives to take from this game.
We have been knoocked out of the MTN8 in the first round, with Sundowns managing to score twice to ensure a win.
The team gave a good performance but just never managed to get into the firing zone and find accuracy on the shots we had at the Sundowns goal.
Although we lost the game, coach Larsen was happy with the performance with the team who went toe-to-toe with Masandawana. The team tried playing offensively and also on the front foot but we made mistakes at the back and got punished for it.
We allowed Vilakazi to open the scoring for the home side in the 40th minute. The persistance of the play from Sundowns and their domination of ball posession in the first half allowed them to get behind the defence, create a gap, and give Vilakazi a chance that he made no mistake on.
Coming back onto the field in the second half, we had a flurry of play that saw us have some better opportunities to score. Sibiya did well on the field, playing the ball up and linking well with Lunga to create opportunities. We could just not find the mark and get an equaliser.
Sirino then added pressure on us. He set up a number of plays for Mamelodi Sundowns and put us on the back foot in the last third. In the 70th minute, Sirino came at us on the near side, put a cross in that went across the face of the goal where Arendse made a diving header shot on the low ball. He struck it well and found the back of the net.
We will return home to prepare for our league match next weekend against Cape Town City in the mother city on Saturday 18th.
We take a break from league action and we turn our attention to the MTN8 as we travel to Gauteng to take on Mamelodi Sundowns at Lucas Moripe Stadium tomorrow at 15h00.
This will be the second consecutive year we will be paricipating in the Wafa Wafa (do or die) competition. Last yaer our first game of the season was an MTN encounter againt Bidvest Wits.
The game ended up going to penalties to decide the winner after drawing 2-all with the Clever Boys after full time. A dramatic ending saw us eventually knocked out in the quarter finals after Wits won 4-3 on penalties.
A stronger start will be the aim for the side tomorrow, and Sundowns will be a tough opponent to beat. That said, we are more than capable of taking the win from the Brazilians.
A level head is needed on the field, as well as determination to secure a win, but it is not an impossible task
If you are a supporter and can get to the stadium, we would love to see you there in support of the boys in this important encounter in our 2018/19 season.
We have suffered a home defeat to Siwelele at the Princess Magogo Stadium tonight.
From the first minute of the game, the team just did not seem to get into the groove of the game and allowed Bloem Celtic to get behind the defence.
We had a couple of moments of promising play, but nothing that looked threatening enough to Tignyemb who had an easy night in the goals tonight.
In the 23rd minute Celtics persistence in playing the ball deep up field paid off when Mabasa found himself one on one with Gumede and made no mistake in his shot, giving the visitors an early lead in the game.
A half time substitution from us saw Conco replace Sabelo in an attempt to up the tempo of the game, which did not have the results that we wanted.
Although we seemed to dominate the field in the second half, we could just not break past the defence of our opponents.
Lamola had a chance to pull one back, but Tignyemb managed to fall on the ball, killing it and denying the one decent attempt we had on target.
Celtic sealed the game in the 50th minute. Dlamini scored for them and made sure that we had to fight back hard to just stay in the game.
Not a great result from us, and it will cause unnecessary pressure as we prepare for the Cup game on Sundowns at Lucas Moripe Stadium.
We start our week off tomorrow with our first home game in the 2018/19 ABSA Premiership season against Bloemfontein Celtic. The mid-week encounter kicks off at 19h30.
We got off to a solid start on Sunday, with a 2-nil win against Maritzburg United. A 90 minute team performance saw Knox Mutizwa open the scoring on the 71st minute and after some amazing defending and goal keeping to deny an equaliser, we sealed the game 2 minutes into extra time as Lamola found the back of the net.
Celtic similarly had a good start to the season as they beat Chippa 2-nil at home.
Last season, we played to a 1-all draw at home to Celtic and then lost 2-1 when we met them at Dr Molemela Stadium.
We will be looking to secure a win against them and continue on a positive start to the season.
We call on all our support to get to the stadium tomorrow night and get behind the team as we strive to lay the foundation to a strong 2018/19 season.
The game will not be televised, so as always, a live play by play feed will be available on our social media platforms.
Tickets will be sold at the stadium, R40 adults and R10 kids U12
As expected we were in for a torrid 90 minutes against a very impressive Maritzburg team. I was very pleased with our structure and in particular, the work ethic of the entire team.. Our attacking players worked selflessly for the team and deserve a lot of credit.
Still we were careless on the break turning over too much possession. A lot better in the second half,with two well taken goals.
A great start to the season.
We have secured 3 points in our opening game of the season against Maritzburg United at the Harry Gwala Stadium this afternoon, breaking a drought of wins in the province capital since 2010.
A brilliant team effort from Gumede at the back, all the way to Lamola and Mutizwa up front, saw us taking advantage of two well fought opportunities and capitalising on them.
Maritzburg United had a slight upper hand in the first half as far as possession went, but they were just not able to put together a strong enough attack to put us on the back foot and find the back of the net.
We used our ball well, setting up good movements and looking to break into the firing zone, but the first 45 was not kind to us. Our only promise was off a free kick. Danny Venter struck the ball well, putting it in a great position in the box, however Phiri’s resulting header went over the bar.
The teams headed into the break with no score on the board. This in itself set the anticipation of an explosive second half.
Coming back onto the field, Maritzburg were quick on the attack and we allowed them to have a chance at scoring. Mokate had a header, but a quick thinking Gumede fell back quickly and flat handed the ball out of the goal area.
Minutes later, Ndlovu failed to capitalise for the home team again denied by Gumede. We changed gear from here, and took the game to them, confident that our fitness levels would carry us through the game.
Our determination paid off in the 71st minute when Mutizwa played an amazing reverse shot after chesting the ball off a cross from the far side. He caught Ofiri completely off guard and gave us the lead.
An end to end battle then took place. Maritzburg came back at us and tried hard to equalise. Again, the team effort was commendable, and the defence from the attacking players played a big factor in helping deny Maritzburg.
We kept our composure, and with 10 minutes left in the game, we increased the tempo, looking for the goal to secure the game. It was only in extra time that the determination payed off, with Lamola finding himself one-on-one with Ofiri, he managed to get a boot on the ball as he was being closed down, finding the back of the net and ensuring the win.
This is a positive start to the season, and once again, congratulations must go to the whole team for a well played effort from everyone.
A special thanks to you, the 12th men supporters who always stand by us and encourage the players to give their all on the field.
We will prepare now for a busy week as we host Bloemfontein Celtic at home on Wednesday night, and then look at the MTN fixture against Mamelodi Sundowns next weekend.
We kick off the season this coming Sunday with a Derby game against Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg. The game gets underway at 15h00 and is sure to deliver all that the Derby games do.
After drawing both games in the last season, both teams will be wanting to claim the bragging rights of a Derby win.
Coach Clinton Larsen is expecting a physical battle on Sunday and told IOL “We are ready for the start of the new season. We won’t read too much into our victory against Maritzburg United in the KZN Premier’s Cup.”
“We didn’t want to show any hand in terms of the team that we will use when we meet on Sunday and they also did the same. We want to get off to a flying start. We are targeting a victory and I’m sure Maritzburg United want to achieve the same objective.”
The coach and his charges are looking at getting off to a strong start to the season, and we are happy with the match fitness of the players after a positive pre-season.
We would like to encourage all our supporters to get to Harry Gwala Stadium and get behind the team in the season opener.
The live play-by-play will be availbale for you to follow on both our Twitter and Facebook handles, and the game will also be televised live on SuperSport 4.
The 2018 KZN Premier’s Cup concluded this afternoon with AmaZulu taking on Richards Bay FC in the final.
It was Amazulu FC who were crowned the 2018 winners of the competition after a 1-0 win over their opponents.
Once again, this exciting pre-season tournament delivered the thrills and excitement that it normally does, with 2 days of high calibre soccer from 7 of KwaZulu-Natal’s top teams.
The day started off with the first semi final between AmaZulu and Real Kings. Usuthu eventually got through to the final after a 4-2 win on penalties. The full 90 minutes of play saw Real Kings hold off the opposition to a 1-all draw and force the penalty shootout.
The second semi final, played at 11h30 was between Richards Bay FC and us. A level pegged 90 mintes was played, and both teams had flourishes of play that promised a goal, but it was not to be for either team.
Although we played some well calculated and carried out plays that saw the ball moved out wide, crossed in onto advancing players, the finishing just lacked the shine to find the back of the net.
For the second game today, the decision was to be determined by penalties. We added pressure onto ourselves when the first penalty, taken by Venter was saved. The Richards Bay players made no error though, and the final nail was a poorly struck penalty from Siyabonga Dube which sailed way over the cross bar, to seal our fate in a 4-3 loss.
We would like to thank the KZN Premier as well as the Department of Sport and Recreation for another well organised, entertaining pre-season competition.
We would also like to thank all of the other participatin teams for another competitive weekend and look forward to next years competition.
A big thank you goes out to our supporters and those from other teams, that make this competition such an enjoying one to play at with the amazing atmosphere created.
Finally, congratulations to AmaZulu for their win over Richards Bay FC in the final this afternoon.
It was an enjoyable day of football today in Kwa Mashu as the province was spoilt with an exciting display of the local sides in the KZN Premier’s Cup.
The first game of the day saw Real Kings FC an me Uthongathi in battle. An exciting game ensued which eventually saw Real Kings finish victors after their allotted game time. This means that they will go through to play Amazulu FC in the first semi final tomorrow morning at 09h00am.
The second game today was between Royal Eagles FC and Richards Bay FC. Richards Bay FC put up a solid fight that saw them equalise in extra time and force the game into a penalty shoot out to decide the winner. Their players did well and ended up converting 4 penalties to Royal Eagles 2 and securing the first spot in the second semi final.
Our game against Maritzburg then kicked off at 15h00 with only one more opening left to play for in tomorrows action at King Zwelithini. As usual, a great game of soccer was played. We dominted the first half and were awarded a penalty for a hand ball in the box. Conco stepped up, converted the opportunity and gave us the lead.
The second half of play saw Maritzburg trying to get back into the game and although a number of opportunities were created, they were not able to find the back of the net.
We managed to maintain our lead in the game and secured our place in the second semi final against Richards Bay FC, scheduled for kick off at 11h30 tomorrow at King Zwelithini.
The draw for the 2018 KZN Premier’s Cup took place this afternoon at Moses Mabhida Stadium. The launch and draw was attended by Mrs Bongi Sithole-Moloi, MEC for Arts, Sports, Recreation and Culture as well as Mr Ngwenya, from SAFA.
Also present were coaches, captains and supporters from all of the participating clubs.
Taking part in this years competition which will be held on the weekend of the 28th and 29th July are Amazulu FC, Maritzburg United, Royal Eagles FC, Uthongathi FC, Richards Bay FC and Real Kings FC.
Addressing the clubs, journalists and invited guests, Mrs, Sithole-Boloi said that it was important for her department to support the clubs with the Premier’s Cup as it encourages ongoing development to local communities through sport.
As part of the departments initiatives they have also assisted in setting up 64 smaller football clubs within the Province, as well as launched a new u15 and womens’ open league to improve the influence that sport and soccer has on communities.
Both her and Mr Ngwenya were vocal that the dream would to be to see 4 KZN sides in the PSL as well as the NFD.
Coach Larsen applauded the MEC for the yearly competition. ‘MEC, I thank you for putting your money where your mouth is and giving us the Premier’s Cup’ he said, after which he said he looked forward to the competition ahead of the upcoming PSL season.
The draw took place, with Amazulu FC being frawn first. Which meant that they proceed to the first semi final on Sunday 29 July at King Zwelithini Stadium.
The remaining draw was as follows:
Saturday – Real Kings vs Uthongathi FC (11:00)
Saturday – Richards Bay Fc vs Royal Eagles FC (13:00)
Saturday – Maritzburg Utd vs Lamontville Golden Arrows (15:00)
The above mentioned games will be played at Princess magogo stadium. Winner of the above mentioned game move on to Sunday’s games which will take place at King Zwelithini stadium.
1st semi final – 09:00
2nd semi final – 11:30
Final at 15:00
We would like to see as much support as we can get together for this pre-season competition.
We have won the friendly game this afternoon against AmaZulu at the ‘We are One Festival’ at Princess Magogo Stadium.
In a game that failed to thrill in the first 45, it came down to penalties and sudden death to determine a winner.
Neither AmaZulu nor us looked dangerous at all in the first 45 minutes. Both teams held onto the ball as much as they could, and seemed to be waiting for the opposition to create some fireworks.
There were sections of play that seemed a bit more entertaining, but going into the break it was 0-0.
Minutes after returning to the field, Amazulu had a break through as they played into the final third and found the back of the net off some enterprising play.
This set the feeling for the second half. We were playing to equalise and AmaZulu to extend their lead. This ignited a true Derby style game with each team managing to frustrate each other and cause mistakes.
We were awarded a free kick to the side of the box. Debutante Ngcongco took the set piece. He struck the ball well and it curled into the goal, securing the equaliser.
With just a couple of minutes left in the half, we failed to secure a penalty awarded to us after the AmaZulu keeper picked the ball up outside of his box.
Skipper, Sabelo placed the ball and proceeded to blast it over the cross bar.
With the final whistle going, it was penalties that would decide the game. Each side selected their players and after the 5 penalties, it was still a 3-3 draw.
Sudden death came into play. Amazulu’s player walked up and took his shot. Mngwengwe dived to his right, reading the shot perfectly and made an amazing save.
Mfanafuthi Mkhize then stepped up and made no mistake for us, ensuring the win for the day.
Amazulu 1(3) – (4)1 Golden Arrows
Preparations for the 2018/2019 season got underway today as the squad returned for pre-season training.
The Technical staff have set out a comprehensive training schedule for the team before the season starts.
Modules of training have been put together, with the first week focusing on player fitness and getting the boys back to playing level. This will include field fitness sessions as well as gym sessions.
Following this will be a number of modules that will get the team back into ball skill and working on ensuring solid ball retention.
The team will then only have friendly pre-season games from mid July, once the technical team is satisfied with the training that has taken place to improve on players cores and agility training.
Being the first home game of the season we wanted to start positively but that was not the case as we struggled to find any rhythm in the first half. We had good shape but our Achilles heel was that we consistently turned over possession after winning it and as a result could not build any meaningful attacks.
We deservedly went 1-0 down before the break. We changed the shape of the team in the second half and began to dominate our opponents only to concede a second against the run of play.
We camped in Celtics half for long periods but lacked the necessary creativity and final pass to break them down.
Lamontville Golden Arrows will take part in the 2018 ‘We are One’ Festival to be held over the weekend of the 23rd and 24th June.
Activities on the weekend will include The Jeff Radebe Fun Walk, Lamontville Golden Arrows vs AmaZulu, The Sharks vs the Cheetahs, plus additional sporting activities played by local youngsters.
The festival finishes off on the Sunday with a cultural day, packed with entertainment from music to fairground entertainment.
The festival, founded by KwaMashu local, Jacinta Ngobese, and backed by the CIty of Durban and Durban Tourism, is aimed at binging together people from different townships, backgrounds and ethnic groups, fostering unity in diversity and social cohesion amongst them through sport.
Follow #WeAreOneFestival2018 on twitter for updates on the event leading up to the date.
Our Reserves have completed their 2018 season with a 3-0 win over Folweni All Stars. The season was a closely contested one, Ourselves, Jahman Stars, Kharwastan and Summerfield Dynamos all playing for the top spot in the competition.
The last week was a determining factor in this years log results as we played four games in one week to fill the allocated fixtures. Needing to secure as many points as we could in order to top the log.
On May 10th, we secured a 2-0 win over Dynamos, followed by a 3-0 win againt Merewent Aces on the 12th. They we played Wentworth Leeds on the 13th, securing 3 points with a 4-1 win.
This ensured us 12 valuable points.
At this stage we had managed to top the log, with our last game to be played against Folweni All Stars.
The determining game however was a fixture between Kharwastan and Summerfield Dynamos. They needed to play each other in the leagues last game of the season. A win for Dynamos would have seen us take the league, based on points. However it was not meant to be, It was Kharwastan who ended up securing the 3 points though, and this put them at the top of the log with 44 points, just 2points above Us on the table.
All in all we played 18 games this season. We were victorious in 13 games, drew 3 and lost just 2 to achieve a total of 42 points, placing us second on the log.
Once again, a good performance from the side. One they should be proud of.
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The Derby game between Maritzburg United and us ended in a 1-all draw this afternoon at Harry Gwala Stadium. It delivered the excitement and tension of a true Derby game.
We came onto the pitch with determination and in the first minute of play showed our intentions of securing a win as Ndwandwe had a shot on goal that went over the bar. Not to be intimidated, Maritzburg United answered in true Derby style as they took the game to us when they had the ball.
This was to be the tempo of the game for the full 90 minutes as both sides counter played with strong attacking plays into the opponents last third.
We took the lead in the match in the 20th minute. Lerato Lamola was once again the goal scorer. A well played movement for the team saw him enjoy a well supplied cross by Nonyane,he connected it well in the air and guided it into the back of the net.
We held that lead until the 82nd minute. Solid defending today from Nonyane, Mzava, Mngwengwe and our skipper Mathiane denied the home side up until this point. But the persisitance from the Team of Choice paid off for them as Makaringe struck.
This set up a blistering last 10 minutes of play. No time was wasted by either sides and quick decisions were made in throw in and corners. Both sides looking for pockets to play into to secure a win.
It was not meant to be for either side, and after 4 minutes of additional time played, we had to settle with sharing the points.
Another good performance from the side today.
The management, coaching staff and players would like to thank you, our supporters, for another fantastic season of support. Your voices lift the players spirits from the stands.
We look forward to another season with you behind us!
We wrap up the season tomorrow afternoon with a KZN Derby against the team of choice at the Harry Gwala Stadium. The game will kick off at 3pm.
The team will be fighting to retain a Top 8 spot on the table in this game. This means that not only are bragging rights on the cards, but much more than that.
Coach Larsen is spoilt for choice for players, with Danny Phiri and Lehlohonolo Nonyane returning to the field after injuries as well as Lerato Lamola, Sandile Zuke, Siyabonga Dube and Zolani Nkombelo returning after suspensions.
This is a refreshing change for the technical staff, who have endured a number of drawbacks over the season due to injuries.
Currently sitting 7th on the log, Abafana Bes’thende need to secure full points to ensure the Top 8 finish. Chippa United, Bloem Celtic an Bidvest Wits sit only a point below us on 36 points and eleventh placed Amazulu FC have 35.
A win is a big ask for the side, but the determination that has been displayed over the season can pull us through tomorrows game and see us bringing the 3 points home.
We played Maritzburg last in December 2017 at home, and the result was a draw. Maritzburg have however had a tantalising season and have done well to keep their log position just under the top 3.
A win for them could however mean a 3rd place spot for the season, an objective they will not give up easily on.
If you can get to the stadium and support, it would be greatly appreciated by the players.
We will keep you in the action on both Facebook and Twitter should you not be able to make the game as it will not be a live game
Our Reserve side is doing well in the SAB Regional League and sit fourth on the log, with a game in hand with 30 points. They have 9 wins, 3 draws, while only losing 2 so far.
The side has had some tough games since returning to the field after the Easter break. They suffered a narrow 2-1 loss to Kharwastan early in April after being reduced to 9 men just 20 minutes into the game.
Later in the month another decision from the refrees saw us having to play a man down against Mbumbulo. A fight from the youngsters saw us come out with a 2-1 win on this occasion.
Its encouraging to see the players determination when faced with having to deal with decisions from the officials, even when it means losing a player on the field.
It shows both confidence and maturity to be able to roll with the punches and fight for the wins when the odds are against you.
The Boys face a busy week on the field this week as they face Summerfield Dynamos tomorrow afternoon at Moses Mabhida outer fields at 15:30, then on Sunday they take on Folweni All Stars at Bonela Grounds at 15:00, as well as face Merewent Aces on the 15th of May,at Moses Mabhida outer fields at 15:00.
We have played these three opponents earlier on in the season and secured wins over two of the sides with a draw to Summerfield.
We are hopeing for positive results in the upcoming games, and are sure that the fighting spirit of the side will see them victorious on the field.
The log is as follows:
|Folweni All Stars||17||4||3||10||22||38||-16||15|
We have secured a third place in the first Diski Shield competition after beating Bloemfontein Celtic 3-0 this afternoon.
The team went onto the field this morning showing early intention to score, putting pressure on the opponents defence from kick-off.
We troubled their defenders as well as dominated in the mid field, playing into gaps and creating scoring opportunities. Ndududzo Sibiya capitalised on a weakness on their left flank and managed to get the ball behind their defenders consistently.
This caused some frustration in the Bloemfontein side and the pressure eventually paid off when a shot from the left was deflected into the goals by a Celtic player, giving us the lead.
Bloem Celtic made an attempt to equalise before the break, but their efforts were not good enough.
Returning for the second half, we kept the pressure on our opponents. We did not allow them the space they were looking for to get back into the game, and kept them on the back foot.
Thando Khwela unleashed a cannon of a shot from outside the box in the 58th minute. He was allowed plenty of time to take the shot, truck it well with his right foot and found the back of the net.
Celtic had a few moments of play. Our defence kept tight at the back, and they could not find space to make any threatening shots at goal. Cebekhulu did well to control what was fired at him.
A third goal in the third minute of extra time from substitute Tshanini Falakhe secured the win and the third place for us in the competition.
We would like to thanks the sponsors Multichoice for this exciting new competition, and look forward to next seasons installment of Diski games.
The Multichoice Diski Shield comes to an end this weekend with matches being played to determine the winner, and then third and fourth play offs.
We will be playing Bloem celtic to determine third and fourth place. We were not able to find the goals last weekend against Masandawana, not for the lack of effort from the boys, and eventually lost the game 1-0.
Celtic had a tough game against Kaizer Chiefs, and ended up suffering a 2-0 loss to the Glamour Boys at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.
We will play at 12pm tomorrow at Makhulong Stadium with the the game that will determine the number one football hood in the country taking place at 15h00.
Because it is a Diski Festival, entry will be free on the day and tickets an be collected at the stadium today from 13h00. All two matches will be broadcast live on SuperSport 4 and 10.
We will be covering the game tomorrow over our social media platforms.
Having four players suspended for this match was always going to pose a challenge but the players who came in stepped up and delivered. We looked strong in the first half and deservedly went 2-0 up through Mutizwa then Venter.
We conceded early in the 2nd half but showed good character to keep positive and find a 3rd goal which Mutizwa provided for his brace. We conceded a very sloppy 2nd but held on to take all three points.
Another solid performance saw us secure a 3-2 win over a determined Platinum Stars in Kwamashu this afternoon
For a team that is already relegated to the NFD in the next season, they showed the determination and fight that we are used to seeing from the side.
We got the game off on a good foot and used our possession well. A quick throw in from the far side by Ndwandwe helped catch the visitors off guard, and this allowed Mutizwa to open the scoring for us, tapping the ball past Mzimela
This was a positive play for us, and encouraged some great attacking play, creating spaces and getting the ball behind the defence as we looked to extend the lead going onto the break. Venter scored our second goal in the 30th minute and we held the lead going into the break.
On returning to the field, Dikwena came back with some fight in them. They kept pressure on us for a good 15 minutes. Keeping us held back in defence and not allowing us much ball to play forward on.
They pullled their first goal back in the 60th minute after showing some steady attacking play. Mkhabela got the goal, but it was a concerted effort from all on the field to get there.
They fought a hard last 45. They kept attacking us at all angles. But We managed to score again. Ndwandwe played Mutizwa into position, allowing him to score his brace.
Ndwandwe had a solid game today. Looking to feed the ball to anyone on attack. He was unlucky not to be able to score himself in the second half.
An extra time goal from Sithole saw the visitors narrow the lead but it was not enough for them in the end.
Another good performance from the side, and a great foundation to go on to play Maritzburg United on the 12th of May at Harry Gwala Stadium
We have been knocked out of the Diski Shield after suffering a 1-0 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium this morning.
The Diski side played into the semi finals after drawing to Chippa, and then beating both Maritzburg United and Amazulu to top the group log.
During this new competition, we have seen some amazing play from both our experienced players as well as newcomers such as Cebekhulu, Mfanifikile Dlamini and Lindani Ndlelu.
We faced a Sundowns side that came onto the field and showed more determination than what they had in the group stages.
It was a tough fight from the kick off and both sides tried different attacking plays to get behind the defence.
We went into the changerooms with no score on the board. On return to the field, a quick attack from Sundowns saw them find space from the left. They managed to unleash a shot on goal and Mkhuma found the back of the net.
We fought hard for the equaliser. Sibiya had a promising chance, but a glance off the side of his boot saw it go wide of the mark.
A concerted effort to score was made. Sibiya, Sabelo and N.Dube had attempts, but strong defence from the Masandawana players denied us our chances today.
We would have loved to progress to the finals, but would like to congratulate Mamelodi Sundowns on the win and wish them well in the first Diski Shield final next weekend.
Tomorrow afternoon we take on Platinum Stars at the Princess Magogo Stadium in our last home game of the season.
After a well deserved mid week win over Kaizer Chiefs, the team is fired up to secure another three points ahead of the completion of the season.
As we have pointed out already, any points at this stage count considerably with just 3 points separating positions 7 to 13 on the log.
A team like Platinum Stars will fight to the bitter end of a season even though its a sure point that they will be relegated this season. They will play for pride and honour and this will make them a dangerous adversary on Saturday.
The return of both Danny Phiri and Kudakwashe Mahachi could have been the positive vibe the team was needing and every player who contributed to Tuesdays match seemed to have taken their game up a notch.
We would like to appeal to all of you, our fans, to get to Princess Magogo to support the lads in our last home fixture of the season. They will appreciate every voice in the stands.
Tickets will be sold at the stadium only R40 adults, R15 kids U12
After the group stages in the Diski Shield competition, we are through to the semi finals, which play out on Saturday at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Cleremont.
We were drawn to play against Mamelodi Sundowns and will play the first semi final, kick off at 10am.
Whats exciting about this game is that it will be Abafana Bes’thende versus Masandawana, both winners of the Diski title.
All players will be aware of what is at stake in the game and promises to deliver a final paced game.
Entrance to the game is free, however, a ticket is required. These can be collected from 13h00 on Friday afternoon at the stadium itself.
Don’t miss out on this exciting competition. The games at Sugar Ray Xulu will be the last Diski games played in KZN this season as the final of the competition will be played at Makhulong Stadium.
We got off to a flyer which is something we discussed pre match as we needed to try impose ourselves on our opponent so as to try and get an early goal. We managed to do that after Lamola put us in the lead but we should have killed the game off after Castro’s red card as we created numerous chances.
We unfortunately conceded just before the break after what looked like a foul by Katsande on Ndwandwe. Another early goal from Lamola in the 2nd half put us in the driving seat and again we had enough chances to score more goals.
Our game management when leading needs to improve as we often turned over possession needlessly. The 3rd goal late on sealed the win and 3 valuable points.
A brace for Lerato Lamola and a goal for Velemseni Ndwandwe secured us a 3-1 win over Kaizer Chiefs in the ABSA Premiership tonight at Princess Magogo Stadium.
A solid and positive start to the game paid off in the 4th minute as Lamola curled a shot around Chiefs last defender and Khune after receiving the ball in the box. His shot tucked just into the far post to put us in the lead.
The remainder of the half was a positive one. We used the ball well and took it to the opposition as we looked to solidify the lead we had secured. Lamola was unlucky not to score again in the first 45 after keeping the Amakhosi defenders under pressure with help form Ndwandwe, Magubane and Venter.
Great play in the middle of the field saw us turn over some promising ball. Zuke did well on a number of occasions to feed both wings, and create pockets we could attack from.
We should have gone into the lead before the break, seeing as Castro received a red card in the 16th minute, but a determined Chiefs team managed to pull one back in the 43rd minute off the boot of Parker.
Returning from the break, we made an early change with Danny Phiri returning to the field after a long recovery. He made an impact from the first second, linking up well with Venter and Ndwandwe.
Lamola was well placed to get his second goal. A play up the near side with a well timed cross found him ready to pounce in the box. He connected the ball well and got it underneath Khune.
The introduction of Mahachi did wonders for our attack shortly after. He, Ndwandwe and Lamola terrorized the defence.
There were passages of play when we allowed Chiefs back into the game. Some free kicks were conceded close to the box and again Mbaeva did his job well tonight to make some great saves.
Ndwandwe was awarded for an outstanding game in the 4th minute of extra time when he found the back of the net and made sure of the win for us.
Every player on the field needs to be commended for a well played game tonight. The team played as a unit and this was evident from the result.
A great result for us ahead of Saturdays home game against Platinum Stars.
Calling all green and gold supporters, we need you now more then ever. Tomorrow night we take on Kaizer Chiefs at the Princess Magogo stadium, the game kicks off at 19h30.
It’s a fight for every point we can get in the competition now, and tomorrow nights game is more important than ever before. The team has played positive football over the last couple of games, but have been unlucky by only securing a draw with Free State Stars and a loss to Mamelodi Sundowns.
Preparation this week has been intense, and every member of the squad knows the importance of their role going into tomorrows game.
Kaizer Chiefs are currently in their own battle on the log, and would like to secure points in their battle to finish in the Top 3.
They have won three of their last four ABSA Premiership outings, but have not secured convincing wins. They are a team that can be beaten on the day, and with the right attitude, we have the credentials to do so.
The game will be televised live on SuperSport4 should you not be able to get to the stadium.
Tickets are on sale from TicketPro, and we wold like to urge our supporters to get to the stadium and stand behind the team. Lets fill Magogo with our supporters.
We have managed a win over Amazulu in the Diski shield game played in Vosloorus this morning.
Amazulu made an early charge from the kick-off and looked at threatening Cebekhulu, but the keeper managed to eventually hold onto the ball.
We turned the game, settled quickly and dominated play for the first 30 minutes of the first half. We secured an early lead when a brilliant cross from the far side by Conco found Sabelo waiting in the box. He made no mistake and tapped the ball in. Just 4 minutes later we extended the lead off a free kick.
It was Sabelo again who scored. His set piece split the wall and dipped into the bottom right corner. AmaZulu’s keeper Dlamini read the ball to late and was too late to make the save.
AmaZulu looked at playing back into the game. They missed a scoring opportunity from a free kick. Jooste took the set piece for them and managed to find the side netting. Their play and possession increased, however, they were not able to make any solid advances on our goals.
Usuthu suffered further set backs after Mthiyane was sent for an early shower after his second bookable offence in the 42nd minute.
The second half saw us enjoy some domination on the field, being a player down, Usuthu allowed us space and this saw us creating opportunities from both sides of the field.
M.Dlamini and Ndlelu did well in the midfield to win the ball against play for us as well. Allowing Zuke, M.Dlamini and Sabelo to play into the last third and create chances.
The introduction of Sibiya added some fresh legs and an injection of speed onto the field. He was not on the park long before he scored the third goal for us.
We then got complacent and allowed AmaZulu back into the game though. A defensive mistake from Zuke in the box who shouldered the Amazulu player, the ref deemed it as a foul and awarded Amazulu a penalty. Maduna took the shot, snuck the ball past Cebekhulu to give some hope to the opposition.
In the second minute of extra time, we conceded the second goal. A lapse in concentration saw Jooste have a shot from the left corner of the box. Cebekhulu had read the ball well, but a last touch from Biyase changed the direction of the ball, eventually beating our keeper.
A well executed game from the team and bragging rights for the Derby win in Vosloorus.
Tomorrows last game in the ‘Boss of your Hood’ phase of the new Diski Shield sees us take on Amazuu FC at a Derby weekend at Vosloorus Stadium. Kick-off at 10am.
It is a do or die game for the team in the competition, with only the Top ranked team in the log progressing through to the semi finals of the competition.
After a draw in our first game when we met Chippa United, and a win againt Maritzburg United last weekend, the boys have put themselves in a good position to advance. That said, they however need to win tomrrows game in able to secure thier position going forward.
The game is part of the Multichoice Diski Shield Festival weekend taking place at Vosloorus Stadium and will be televised on SuperSport4.
Our u17 season kicks off this weekend. We will get underway with a game against Kwa Mashu Brothers on Sunday 22 April at Siripat Ground 4, 13h00 start.
The youngsters have been at training and preparing hard over the last couple of weeks under the watchful eye of Coach Samson Ngcobo.
Last season the team won the league by 9 points after playing 18 games. They lost only 1 game in the season, this was their first game of the season against Jamarie.
We are looking forward to another successful season with the team and will follow their movements closely over the coming months.
We knew full well going into this game what we were up against. We were totally outplayed in the first half and deservedly went into the break a goal down.
We did not create any clear cut chances and could have been two or three goals down at the break such was their dominance. We started the second half with more confidence with halftime substitute Ndwandwe being influential with our positive 2nd half showing.
We could have stolen a point when we were denied what looked like a legitimate penalty claim.
We have lost to a strong Sundowns side in Pretoria tonight. A first half penalty gave the home side the game.
The first half saw Mamelodi Sundowns putting pressure on us from the kick off, getting into the last third. They controlled the game from the start and put us in a defensive position for the greater part of the first 45.
They were quick on the ball and came from both sides of the net with Tau and Vilakazi posing a threat. Sirino also missed an early opportunity as he hit the upright early on.
The opening goal came off a penalty shot though as Nkombelo could not mange to pull out of a tackle on Vilikazi and bought him down in the box.
Nascimento stepped up to the penalty spot and waited for Mbaeva to commit before connecting the ball and making no mistake in scoring.
We did not manage to get into the last third as much as we wanted. A play up the far side saw Venter get up only to be closed down by Sirino, and even from our set pieces we never looked dangerous enough.
Returning in the second half, we took the game to Sundowns in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Our attempts though could just not get into a position to get a clear shot on goal.
Masandwana then again had a period of dominating play. Mabaeva had a number of brilliant saves in the second half and kept us in the game for the second stanza.
With Mutizwa, Ndwandwe and eventually Sibiya coming on in the second half. We looked to add a little more speed onto the field. It did not allow us to play into any advantage though.
Our chances were few, and were also denied a penalty as Mutizwa was taken down in the box.
A tough result tonight, and this means a week of hard preparation as we host Kaizer Chiefs next week Tuesday at Princess Magogo Stadium.
We travel to Pretoria to take on Mamelodi Sundowns tomorrow night in the ABSA Premiership. The game is set to kick off at 7:30pm at Loftus Stadium.
With just four games left in the season, this encounter is going to be a tough test for the teams ability to perform under pressure. We need to bring points home, and this will be the first and foremost objective of the squad as we take on this away encounter.
In a season that at present, sees just 3 points separating log positions seven to thirteen its important to retain any points possible.
The attitude in camp is good. We have come off an away win to Cape town City and a draw to Free State Stars, a game that we should have won given the opportunities we created.
This could carry us well against Bafana ba Style who are sitting strong on top of the log at the moment.
We will need to dig deep to stop their run of wins as they have taken full points against Chippa United, Baroka FC and most recently Bidvest Wits in the competition.
It is a big ask of the side, but not an impossible one.
The game will be televised on SuperSport 4, and as always we will keep you informed of the game over our social media platforms.
We have secured 3 points in the Diski Shield competition today after beating Maritzburg United 2-1 at the Princess Magogo Stadium.
The game turned out to be a true Derby style game, with both teams giving their all on the field while trying to secure the 3 points in the ‘Boss of the Hood’ stage of the competition.
We did dominate on the field though, pressing Maritzburg deep into their half and creating opportunities that tested their defense.
This paid off in the 21st minute as some enterprising play saw Conco receive a well placed cross in the box. He made no error and put the ball in the back of the net.
Maritzburg had a number of opportunities to get back into the game but failed to beat our defence and get close enough to take convincing shots. They resorted to shots from distance but lacked direction on the attempts.
We went into the break with the lead and 2 changes from the change room, with Sibeko and Mathenjwa replacing N.Dube and Khwela was a clear indication that we wanted to take the pace of the game up a notch.
This game plan worked well. We kept the opponents in their half for a large portion of the half and had a number of attempts at goal. Barr managed to do well to keep The Team of Choice in the game, and an equaliser from Mc Donald in the 53rd minute gave them a glint of hope.
Sibeko delivered for us a minute later though. He had been persistently playing into the box, and after a great cross by Mkhize to the far post saw an unmarked Sibeko, who headed the ball into the back of the net. To give us the 2-1 lead
Maritzburg never gave up the fight. They showed determination on the field and made use of the little possession they enjoyed. They were denied a second goal by the crossbar
A promising result from the side who return to the field next weekend for another derby game against Amazulu in a weeks time at Vosloorus Stadium.
Tomorrow morning we play our second game in the Diski Shield at home against Maritzburg United. The game is scheduled for kick off at 10am at Princess Magogo Stadium.
After the first round of the Shield competition, AmaZulu FC top the Coastal East group after beating Maritzburg United 3-1.
We played Chippa United away and played to a goalless draw against them. Although we managed to play up into their last third a number of times, it was some determined keeping from their goal keeper that denied us on the day.
We will be looking for the win against The Team of Choice, and wanting to get points on the log in order to secure a quarter final place come the end of the ‘Be the Boss of your hood stage’.
Maritzburg should also be wanting to get on the board. After their opening loss to Amazulu they would have gone back to the drawing board and set up a strategy to be more competitive on the field.
This competition is electric, with every game having the tempo of a Derby.
As the game is not a festival the game will not be televised, but we will be bringing you a live play by play of the game on our social media platforms
Our Reserve side have been having a successful season in the SAB Regional League so far this season.
We have played a total of 10 games to date, and have three games in hand. Sitting 4th on the log, 11 points behind current leaders Summerfield Dynamo’s the team has a lot to play for in the coming weeks.
After a short break they are currently catching up on fixtures and played 2 games this past weekend. On Saturday the team played Kharwastan and were on the back foot after 20 minutes into the first half after receiving two controversial red cards.
This obviously made the game more trying than usual and the boys put up a good fight to try and stay in the game. They however eventually lost the encounter 2-1.
Sunday saw them play Amazayoni. The toll of playing a double header weekend did not seem to deter the fighting spirit of the team. They answered the previous days loss with a 2-1 win over their opposition.
This fighting spirit is evident in all of the players in the side, who work as a unit well both on and off the field.
We have another game this coming weekend on Sunday as we play Amazayoni again at Twin Park in Amanzimtoti at 3pm.
We wish the side well and will follow their progress closely.