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We went pound for pound today against Girona FC in Riudarenes, Spain in another exciting and action filled game on the Multichoice Diski tour to Europe.
The differing European style of play takes a bit of getting used to and we took a couple of minutes to find our footing and get into todays encounter again. But we managed to find our groove and take the game to our hosts. Girona were a formidable side, who had a number of their first team players on the field today. They made great use of their ball and distributed it well, ensuring that they took advantage of the gaps they created in our defence.
The first half was a good contest and Girona managed to score twice. Determined not to go into the break with no score, we kept some consistent pressure on them. We forced a number of errors from them and managed to get a free kick on the edge of the box. Jappie did well with a short kick, layed it off to Parusnath who scored our first goal of the game before going into the break.
The second half was an exciting battle. We returned to the field and both sides seemed to be holding off a little, trying to determine what the change of game plan was from each other. Girona then seemed to open their play up. They fed the ball wide a number of times and showed some superiority in creating gaps in our defence. This allowed them to score twice again, reasonably close together.
We were determined to get back into the game though. Sibiya and N.Dube were substituted onto the field and made some impressive runs, managing to get behind the defence and create opportunities to score, while on defence we had tightened up, frustrating our opponents who were taking shots from outside the box to try and increase their lead.
Our determination payed off. Ndwandwe won the ball in the midfield, he layed it off to N.Dube who played it up and fed Sibeko in the box. Sibeko made no mistake and scored.
The score is not a true reflection of the 90 minutes played. The game was entertaining and another valuable learning experience for our players as we tour Spain.
Congratulations to the team for showing determination, a proud performance today.
Our Diski boys had a positive start to their Spanish tour as we fought back for a victory over Rayo Vallecano this afternoon.
The team took some time to settle into the game in the first half. Some chilly weather and this being their first game on the tour of Spain as part of their Diski Challenge prize had them unsettled in the first 45. Vallecano used this to their advantage, dominating the play and maintaining ball retention well. We took too long to get into any rhythm and Rayo Vallecano took advantage, opening the scoring just before the break.
Some consolidation in the change room from the boys saw us return to the field with a clear objective of pulling this game back. Nkosikhona Dube came on as a substitute for an injured Conco and made his presence felt from the moment he set foot on the field. With Jappie and Sibeko already increasing the pressure on the defence, the inclusion of Dube created cracks in their defence. Jappie played a long ball to Sabelo who beat his defender and layed the ball off to Dube who made no mistake in finding the back of the net.
The equalizer was what was needed to change the tempo of the game. We started dominating the play and some outstanding play from N.Dube was rewarded as he managed to score his brace and give us the lead. The game belonged to us from there and we dominated both the field and ball.
A great performance from all of the players today. A positive start to the tour and this will stand us in good stead as we play again on Thursday against Barcelona.
What can I say, referees are human and make mistakes. But it’s difficult to accept a case of mistaken identity especially when players, coaches as well as linesman are all telling the referee he is about to send off the wrong player.
He acknowledges the advice of the linesman yet still sends off the wrong player. Not only do you feel aggrieved but it makes you think that something more sinister is happening. Even if the card is rescinded which I’m sure it will be, the immense damage has already been done.
Back to the match, I think under the circumstances our players represented the club with pride and dedication. Our log position may not show this but we are ultra proud of the commitment our players show each time they represent the club.
We lost tonight against Orlando Pirates in another controversial game as we were reduced to 10 men in the 56th minute.
Pirates did show domination in the first half of the game, and used their ball well to push up into our half and keep us on the back foot. We equaled them in defence though and Mzava and Mathiane both showed great character at the back. Our counter play in the half was not as quick off the break as normal, and we created few chances that threatened the visitors.
Our efforts did however see us going into the break with no scores on the board.
On return, both sides seemed to kick into a higher gear and tensions were evident in the play. A couple of hard tackles ensued and this added to the tensions on field. Pirates then opened the scoring with Lorch finding the back of the net from a movement that saw him come in from the far side and unleash a bullet of a shot that beat Mbaeva.
Six minutes later we were reduced to 10 men after the referee gave Mzava a second yellow and ultimately his marching orders for an offence by Buthelezi.
We had been doing well to play back into the game at this stage and served as a major set back in our game plan.
Needing to cover the gap caused by being a man down, we took a bit of time to find a rhythm again. And Pirates used this to their advantage as Dube was played into position and scored a second for the Bucs.
The team showed their fight inside though and did well to create a number of well executed plays that saw us get into the last third and within reach of a scoring chance.
Coach Larsen bought Jooste and Shongwe into play and the injection of fresh legs paid off. In the 84th minute Shongwe scored with a well executed shot off a back pass assist from Lamola.
This fired the side up and for the last 6 minutes of the game they tried with determination to create another chance. They cam close but could just not get the finsihing needed to equalise.
We have another long break now as there are 2 weeks of internationals being played. But we return to the field with a 19h30 away game against Cape Town City on the 4th April at Cape Town Stadium
It is going to be all concentration at Princess Magogo Stadium tomorrow night as we take on Orlando Pirates in the ABSA Premiership. Kick-off at 20h15.
Putting our unfortunate draw 2 weeks ago against Polokwane City behind us, it has been preparation on all fronts for tomorrows encounter at home against the Bucs.
The team and coaching staff have put in the hard work in preparation for the game. We are expecting both a physical and mental game against them and have been getting ourselves into a positive place mentally for this encounter.
Our opponents will be looking to redeem some pride after failing to beat Cape Town City in the Nedbank Cup on Wednesday night. Not a team to lick their wounds, they tend to fight back on the field, and their energy will be focused wholely on the league now.
They are just four points off topping the log and will want to get as close to Sundowns as they can.
We have more to fight for, and 3 points from a home win can put us back into the Top8 and help keep that objective on the cards for us.
We appeal to all of our supporters to get behind us on Saturday night. Come in numbers in support to Princess Magogo Stadium. Your ever positive vibes will do wonders in getting behind the team.
The game will be televised on SS4 with the coverage starting at 20h00. We will cover the game on social media should you not be in the greater Durban area to attend the game.
Lets fill Princess Magogo Stadium tomorrow night as we play to #BeatTheBucs
We are getting geared up and counting down the days till our second European tour to Spain as part of our prize for winning the Multichoice Diski Challenge this season.
We are preparing for our exciting departure on Saturday as we will jet off to play the beautiful game in Madrid and Barcelona. We leave on Saturday 17th March and return 10 days later after an action packed tour.
The first stop on our epic tour when we arrive will be the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium where we will watch Spansh legends Real Madrid play Girona in a La Liga match.
We will be playing 3 games while on tour. These will be against Rayo Vallecona, a La Liga 2 side, Barcelona Reserves and lastly Espanyol Reserve.
Both the players and the techical staff are really excited about the upcoming trip which has a action packed schedule.
Day 1 (Sunday, 18 March) – Watch La Liga Match Real Madrid vs Ginora
Day 2 (Monday, 19 March) – Match day vs. Rayo Vallecano U19
Day 3 (Tuesday, 20 March) – Training Session at Real Madrid Sport City and Santiago Bernabeu tour
Day 4 (Wednesday, 21 March) – Training Session and Travel to Barcelona
Day 5 (Thursday, 22 March) – Match Day vs FC Barcelona U20
Day 6 (Friday, 23 March) – Training session and Camp Nou Stadium tour
Day 7 (Saturday, 24 March) – Training Session and Recreation
Day 8 (Sunday, 25 March) – Training Session
Day 9 (Monday, 26 March) Match Day vs RCD Espanyol U20 and Travel to Madrid
Day 10 (Tuesday, 27 March) Departure Spain to Johannesburg
Our reserve side continues to have a positive season. Last Sunday we played Folweni All Stars and had a convincing 5-1 win over our opponents, with Dlozi Ndaba getting a brace while Lizwi Nxele, Sanele Khumalo and Thabiso Msane all found the back of the net.
We have played 7 games to date, and have a game in hand, which we need to catch up. We have won 4, drawn 2 and lost just 1 to accumulate a total of 14 points. At present we are sitting third on the log, three points behind Jahman Stars and 6 points behind log leaders Summerfield Dynamos. Both these teams however have played a game more than us.
We have a fixture this Sunday against Wentworth Leeds at Tara Road. The game is scheduled to be played at 15h00.
Leeds will be eager to secure a home win as they are currently bottom of the log.
Attached is the log
|Folweni All Stars||7||3||1||3||14||19||-5||10|
Saying we’re disappointed would be an understatement. Another strong showing from our team but very little to show in terms of not getting maximum points.
We are very proud of the commitment and performance level displayed by the team. To concede an equalizer with seconds remaining feels like a loss but we will take lots of positives from the performance. When you concede to a goal like Tlolane’s, you’ve got to give credit to the player and accept the result although we knew we done enough to win the match.
Under different circumstances we would probably be saying it’s a good point away from home but not in this case.
The PSL and Multichoice have announced the launch of a new competition… The MultiChoice Shield,which will run from the 7th of April until the 5th of May this year with a total of 24 fixtures.
In the first round of the tournament, clubs will play each other once and the club with the most points at the end of the pool stages will progress to the semi-finals. The ‘Clash of the Cities’ stage will then see the winning teams progress to the semi-final stage of the competition.
There will be four regional pools that the 16 PSL clubs will be divided into. Central, Coastal East, Coastal West and Northern. Each pool will consist of four clubs who will be looking to top that region before advancing to the semi finals. This quest for supremacy has been dubbed ‘Ubani Ibhoza Ngakini?’ which means ‘Who’s the boss in your hood?’
The breakdown of the pools are as follows:
Central: Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs, Platinum Stars and Bidvest Wits.
Coastal East: AmaZulu, Lamontville Golden Arrows, Maritzburg United and Chippa United.
Coastal West: Cape Town City, Ajax Cape Town, Bloemfontein Celtic and Free State Stars
Northern: Mamelodi Sundowns, SuperSport United, Polokwane City and Baroka FC.
The winners of the MultiChoice Diski Shield will receive a trophy and R150 000 towards a football development initiative for a local community of their choice.
Fixtures are not as yet finalised and will be released in due course.
A last second heart breaking equaliser from Tlolane for Polokwane City saw us share the spoils at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium this afternoon in a spirited performance from the side.
The first half was an uneventful one for both teams in the first 45. We managed to create some promising opportunities to score, but just failed to finish our chances.
Just 7 minutes from half time, Magubane could have opened the scoring as he played into position on the far side. He connected the ball in a direct challenge, and Chigova managed to make a save. If Magubane had tried to chip the keeper the result may have been different.
Needless to say, we went into the break with no score on the board.
Returning to the field, we looked eager to make an early break in the second stanza. Ndwandwe had a fantastic assist as he fed Lamola advancing up the middle of the field. Lamola took his chance, had the shot and opened the scoring for us.
This fired the side up, and Chigova did well to make a double save just 5 minutes later as we attacked at will.
The didn’t make City give up, as they fought back on the counter and equalized 10 minutes later through their substitute Musona.
Magubane then gave us the lead again with a well weighted shot from distance that managed to curl around 2 defenders and beat Chigova to give us the lead.
What looked like an away win for us, was snatched away in the last seconds of the game as a persistant POlokwane City secured a draw with a cannoned shot from Tlolane.
We will have the next two weeks to prepare for our home game against Orlando Pirates on the 17th March at Princess Magogo Stadium. Kick off at 20h15
Tomorrow we have another opportunity to strengthen our log standing as we take on Polokwane City at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium.
The return game should be an interesting one. We played Polokwane in the first round of the competition in October at Princess Mogogo Stadium, as we played to a 2-2 draw
Tomorrows game will be of the same caliber. The team have been in a positive space after the win last weekend against Ajax Cape Town, and it will be important to stay in that space as we head onto the field.
We will need to secure the win to distance ourselves away from the relegation zone and tomorrows game promises to be the perfect opportunity to do so.
Polokwane City are fighting to get off the bottom of the log as well ,and they will make it difficult to snatch a win against them. They currently have 23 points after 21 games and a win will push them up the log into a more promising position.
Their last 2 ABSA Premiership fixtures have seen them draw to both Baroka and Ajax Cape town. This is proof that they have the potential to fight for a win when their backs are against the wall.
From this stand point they can be dangerous on the field, and this is something we will need to take into consideration in our final preparations for the game.
The game will be shown live on SS4, and we will as always keep you informed on the game over our social media platforms. So follow us on Facebook or Twitter if you don’t yet do so.
We started the match positively and settled into an early rhythm. Our shape was good and we looked dangerous in attack.
Our attacking quartet of Lamola,Magubane,Ndwandwe and Venter constantly took the game to our opponents and we were rewarded when Lamola was brought down inside the box. Mzava made no mistake from the spot and we went into the break 1-0 up.
The 2nd half was all about maintaining our discipline and not making any defensive errors and we did that with aplomb. Mbaeva had very little to do as our defense comfortably handled everything that Ajax threw at us.
A deserved 3 points and now away to Polokwane as we try to keep our top 8 hopes alive.
A penalty in the 26th minute secured a win against Ajax Cape Town at the Princess Magogo Stadium this afternoon.
In a must win situation for both sides, the players stepped up to the plate and fought hard to ensure 3 points at home.
The first half saw both sides fighting to try dominate the game . This created a well fought battle on the field with the teams trying to execute their game plans,
Ajax looked at using a brisk wind to their advantage in the first half and played long balls but were unable to get behind the defence as they wanted to.
Lamola was close to scoring in the 16th minute after a well executed cross from Venter. But the resulting attempt was tipped away by Petersen.
The pressure from us paid off in the 26th minute when Lamola was fouled in the box and we were awarded a penalty. Mzava made no mistake and gave us a lead going into the break.
The visitors seemed on the back foot after this and needed to consolidate at the break.
They came back strong in the first 10 minutes of the second half, using Zwane on the wing to try and break the defence and create scoring chances.
We held them well and created a number of chances for ourselves, But were not able to increase the lead. Ajax then opened up their attack in the 65th minute looking for an equaliser.
We managed to hold them off though and at the end secured the win and the welcomed 3 points.
We travel to Polokwane next where we meet Polokwane City on the 4th of March at 15h30.
Our Diski team have managed to set another record by acquiring 35 points in a season with their win over Bidvest Wits this afternoon.
The team came onto the pitch wanting to show domination over the opponent’s from the first minute.
This game plan paid off for them as Convo opened the scoring in the 21st minute.
He then managed to get his brace in the 86th minute to secure the win for the team in a game that saw a fantastic team effort put in from all of the players.
A well deserved win from the side and a fitting finish as we get crowned the MDC Champions for the second time.
Our Diski boys play their last game of the season tomorrow as we face Bidvest Wits at King Zwelithini at 13:00.
We have already made history by becoming the first team to win the Multichoice Diski twice after beating Orlando Pirates at the Makhulong Stadium last weekend. An important win because at that stage a number of teams were still in contention for the cup, including Pirates, Bloem Celtic and Maritzburg United.
Tomorrows games will determine the runners up in the competition and is still an important game for us and the remaining teams.
Wits will be playing for their pride. They are sitting 11th on the log and would like to finish of the season with a win. We also still have a lot to play for as we would like to finish the season on 35 points which is something that’s never been done before.
We will get our crowning glory after the game, and are looking forward to receiving the trophy in KwaZulu Natal.
If you have not got a ticket, you can still go to the offices at King Zwelithinin to pick one up today at 13:00 in order to gain entrance to the game tomorrow. The tickets are free and required to gain entrance to the stadium.
Because its a festival, the game will be televised on SS4. And we will also be keeping you up to date on proceedings over Twitter and Facebook.
We are in for another tough game on Sunday as we host Ajax cape Town at Princess Magogo Stadium at 15h15.
With both teams fighting for points in the ABSA Premiership at the moment, both of the sides are going to want to take the ball to their opponents at all opportunities and look to find the back of the net.
With a number of injury issues in the squad at the moment, our objective is a difficult one to achieve. That being said, we have been playing some promising football of late, but have been unfortunate in not being able to find the right finishing touches.
Having lost 2 and drawn 1 in out last 3 Premiership games, the time has come to turn a corner and secure a win in the competition.
Ajax Cape Town are also battling with points at present. They sit 15th on the log and have managed 5 wins so far in the season. They too are hungry for points to climb up the log.
In their last 2 fixtures they have drawn 1-1 against Polokwane City and upset Pirates 3-0 almost a month ago.
Its set to be an action packed game with both sides fighting hard to get maximum points.
Home support is so important to the team and we urge you to get to the stadium and get behind the team.
The game will be televised on SABC 1, but we urge supporters to please get down to princess magogo stadium and get behind the team. We will also be keeping you up to date with the game over our socail media platforms.
We started the game and controlled much of the opening 30 but found ourselves a goal down when Mhango headed freely at the near post on 30 minutes.
It became even harder when we conceded a second after a penalty was surprisingly awarded to our opponents after hitting our player in the face.
The 2nd half was a one sided affair as we had Wits pegged back and had at least three good chances to equalize or even take the lead. Our inability to defend our box has been our Achilles heel this season and if we are to get out of this rut we will have to improve the way we defend.
We have secured the Multichoice Diski title for the second time with our 2-0 win over Orlando Pirates this afternoon at Makhulong Stadium.
The game was a tight affair, with Orlando Pirates showing periods of domination in the first 45 minutes. They kept us on our toes, trying to push the ball behind our defence and creating scoring opportunities. With a number of teams still being in contention for the cup, including Pirates, the game was bound to be a fighting affair from the beginning.
Both Naicker and Tsotesti then needed to step up later in the half when the tempo of the game increased and both Pirates and us looked at taking more chances on goal.
Neither of us managed to make a break through though and we went into the break at a nil all deadlock.
Returning to the park, it seemed as if both Pirates and us were waiting for the game plan to be evident. We backed off and waited for Pirates to bring the game to us, and it seemed they were of the same intention.
With 2 replacements at the break, we wanted to play a stronger attacking game. The inclusion of Mathenjwa and Molefe onto the field did not have the immediate impact we wanted, but when N.Dube came on to bolster our attack the game changed.
He made a good impact on the field, and we broke the defensive line number of times through him. He was then brought down in the box by Tsotesti and we were awarded a penaly which Sibiya stepped up to convert.
Just over 10 minutes later we were awarded a free kick in a promising position. Sibiya once again managed to find the back of the net, securing us the win.
A well deserved win for the youngster in Tembisa this afternoon. They will return to Durban and make preparations for the final game of the season to be played against Bidvest Wits in Johannsburg on Sunday 25th at 12h00.
We have been beaten by The Clever Boys at Princess Magogo stadium in a game that had some controversial decisions. A determined 90 minute fight by the side was not enough to secure the win as we never created enough chances against a determined opponent.
Neither side managed to dominate play in a game that saw end to end play. With Bidvest Wits attacking at any opportunity they could, they got their break through in the 29th minute when Mhango found the back of the net off a tight angled header from a Hlanti cross.
Just before the break, they were then given a gift with a penalty after referee Gomes deemed a ball that came off Skipper Mathiane’s face as a hand ball. Majoro made no mistake and the visitors went into the change rooms with a 2-0 advantage.
The determination of our players shone in the second half. With two replacements coming out of the change room as we tried to bolster our attack with Mutizwa and Ndwandwe, the side dug hard to fight back.
Some enterprising play from Jappie and Zuke saw opportunities being created up front as Mutizwa and Lamola received ball. But the finishing was just not there. We were awarded a penalty in the 60th minute. The ball was placed and Mutizwa’s shot hit the upright.
Again, the fight came through and we defended well while using our possession to drive into the opposition last third.
Ndwandwe was then on the receiving end of a bad tackle in the box in the 74th minute. Mzava was called on to take the kick and made no mistake in beating Keet.
The team were just not able to find the finishing they were looking for. Although they managed to create a number of promising opportunities, we could not find the back of the net again.
We will need to consolidate during the week and prepare for another home battle next weekend when we face Ajax Cape Town at home on Sunday, 25th at 15h15.
Tomorrows Multichoice Diski game against Orlando Pirates could be the deciding game in whether we walk away with the title for the second time, or whether we fight to the bitter end with four other clubs who could still be in contention.
Victory against the Bucaneers will see us lifting the cup again and winning the title. Failure to do so will allow a margin for either Orlando Pirates, Bloemfontein Celtic, Ajax Cape Town or Maritzburg United to still be in hot contention.
We have had a rock solid performance this season and showed amazing unity. Our youngsters perform on the field and show unity off the field as well.
Tomorrow we will play in the Festival taking place in Thembisa. Entry to the Makhulong Stadium is free, but fans must be in possession of a ticket.
The game will be televised on SS4 and we will be keeping you informed of proceeding in this nail biting game over our social media channels.
After just 5 games in the Reserve league we are sitting in a positive position.
A late start to the season saw just one game being played before the break in December. The remainder of the games have been played since returning from the break and the youngsters are showing some promising form.
Sitting joint second on the log, just a point behind Summerfield Dynamo’s who are top of the log. Our youngsters are building a solid foundation so for their season.
After 5 games played we have won 3, drawn 1 and lost 1 to accumulate 10 points so far.
A solid and promising start from the team. We look forward too seeing how they progress.
The table so far is as follows:
|Folweni All Stars||4||2||1||1||9||8||1||7|
We play our return fixture against Bidvest Wits tomorrow at The Princess Magogo Stadium. Kickoff at 15h30.
This will be our third game played against The Clever Boys in the 2017/18 season. Our first encounter was in August in an MTN8 fixture, which we ended losing on penalties. Our second game against them was a month later at Wits Stadium, where we walked away triumphant after winning 3-1.
Wits will be looking to level the Premiership rivalry for the season and once again its a battle for position heading into this game.
We are currently 12th on the log, just a point and position above the Braamfontein based side. All teams are looking for full points in their games now, with a very tight log at the moment with less than 10 points determining a Top8 spot, its a do or die situation.
Both the coaching staff and the team know that we need to secure points in our games to ensure a good finish to the season. We have the dedication and determination to do the job, and are hoping to put our money where our mouth is tomorrow afternoon.
The Clever Boys are in a similar position and will be hoping to take away all 3points home with them.
The game will be televised but we appeal to our supporters to fill the stadium in green and gold, get behind the side and help to encourage them as they do battle.
We will cover the game on social media should you not be in the Durban area and are unable to attend the game.
We have been knocked out of the Nedbank Cup this afternoon by Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium.
In a game that looked like it could have gone either way in the first half, it was three goals in the second stanza that stamped our exit of the 2018 edition of the competition.
We played a good first half in which it seemed like Chiefs dominated play but gave away possession and allowed us to play on the counter and into the last third. We were just not able to finish our chances though, and the lack of taking advantage of this made our game difficult.
We had some good moments that we were not able to capitalise on. We lost Mahachi in the first half due to an ankle injury and then needed to replace Nonyane in the second half because of a similar injury.
The exit of Nonyane was after Chiefs took advantage of his injury and scored their second off the boot of Parker.
The home side then sealed the game just three minutes later when Malongoane scored for the hosts.
Although a loss, there was promising play from Conco on his debut and once again Ndwandwe did not fail to perform.
We will need to assess our injury situation now ahead of our home game next weekend when we face Bidvest Wits at home at Princess Magogo Stadium.
We get our 2018 Nedbank Cup underway on Sunday with a Last32 round fixture against Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium at 15h30.
A welcomed reprieve from the PSL, Coach Larsen and the team will be eager to cause an early upset and knock out the Glamour Boys in this round.
With the Multichoice Diski also having a break this weekend, Coach Larsen says it could be an opportunity for some of the youngsters to prove themselves on the field with the first team.
Last year we enjoyed a positive run in the cup. We played Maritzburg United in the Last 32 and progressed to the semi-finals after beating them.
Our semi-final was a home affair against Pirates who scored in the 34th minute and held on for the win.
Coach Larsen feels this competition is one where the underdogs can shine, and so far in this years competition we have seen just that with Ubuntu Cape Town having knocked out Polokwane City on Wednesday night.
Other games that have been played so far has seen Amazulu beat Mthatha Bucks 3-2 on penalties and Cape Town City eliminate Bidvest Wits 1-0.
The game will be televised but we encourage you to get to the stadium if you can and support us away from home. We will keep you up-to-date on our social media platforms during the duration of the game as well.
The #NedbankCup Press conference took place this afternoon at the Moses Mabhida stadium, representing the club was head coach Clinton Larsen
Coach Larsen belives that we can do well in the Nedbank Cup this season, and improve on the semi-final position we achieved last season.
This was his point of view as he adressed journlists today at a Nedbank Cup press conference at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
‘I believe we are going into the Cup as underdogs, and the Nedbank Cup is a competition that can be won by underdogs. That’s what makes it an exciting competition to play.’ said Coach Larsen. “We are a strong unit of players, and the Cup gives us reprieve from the PSL and allows us to shift focus to the Cup. The stage couldn’t be better to have some of the Diski players showcase themselves, and we are excited to see them prove themselves’
Larsen then went on to say how the Nedbank Cup can be a competition of upsets and that We are aiming at upsetting Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium on Sunday. He said that he feels Chiefs are one of the teams expected to be able to lift the trophy and that We want to be the team to cause the upset and proceed in the competition.
Date: Sunday 11 February
Venue: FNB stadium
Opponents: Kaizer Chiefs
In football you don’t always get what you deserve as was the case against Amazulu. Credit also goes to our opponents who fought hard for their victory.
After going into the lead we needed to get the second to make their task all the more difficult but let them back in, less than 10 minutes later. After equalizing Amazulu gained more confidence and during that spell got what became the winner.
We fought hard for the equalizer but to no avail. Still proud of the effort our players gave.
Durban was delivered the Derby game it was promised tonight as we took on AmaZulu at King Zwelithini Stadium.
The first half was an action packed 45 minutes that saw neither side scoring for their efforts that were put in on the field. It was a classic battle for both ball and field, with each team looked to make plays with their possession and try to make fast counter plays on ball turn over.
We produced some great chances with Venter coming close in the 13th minute, but his shot was wide off the mark.
Although a valiant effort from both sides, neither were able to take a lead going into the break. It was evident that the game was going to produce an entertaining second 45, and that it did.
After returning to the field. AmaZulu looked determined to dominate. It was Mutizwa however that put the goal in the back of the net and opened the scoring after beating the defence and then passig Mbatha on the left to score.
The lead was short lived though as AmaZulu clawed one back with Mnguni getting behind our defence and poking the ball in. He then went on to get his brace with a drive shot in off an assist from Mabiliso.
We were then reduced to 10 men after Venter was sent to the change room for a dangerous tackle.
The battle was on to find an equaliser and we were given a ray of light as Morton was found on the end of a red card decision also for dangerous play.
We could not manage to break the defence again however, and tried high balls into the box, switch plays from the right an direct plays up the middle to try and get into a favourable position to score.
Mbatha did well for the hosts to deny our efforts and in the end the referee’s whistle blew for the last time in the Derby, awarding it to Amazulu.
The team will go back to the drawing board and some serious preparation for the next ABSA Premiership game.
We will however have a break from the tournament as we travel to FNB Stadium next weekend to take on Kaizer Chiefs in the first round of the Nedbank Cup.
This mornings Multichoice Diski game delivered all that a top of the table clash should as we ended up sharing the spoils with Ajax Cape Town in a 6 goal thriller.
Ajax opened the scoring in the 9th minute off the boot of Traore after they did well to beat our defence on the left and open up enough space to get into a scoring position and making no mistake in doing so.
We found ourselves on the back foot a bit but showed determination in fighting back and playing up into the last third. We created a number of opportunities, but we just were not able to finish as cleanly as we would have liked to.
There were moments when we lacked concentration at the back, with Sibisi trying to plug holes in the defence. He managed to close the gaps at stages, but again in the 37th minute Ajax managed to break through and a well placed kick into the top of the net by Phohlongo saw the home side take the lead.
We managed to pull a goal back in the dying minutes of the first half as S.Parasnath scored from a free kick after Khwela was fouled outside of the box.
Both teams returned showing determination to score again in the second stanza. We worked well and created a number of scoring chances, but were just not able to get the edge on the opposition.
A change on the field saw Sibiya replacing Falakhe and he bought the injection of energy we were looking for. Just minutes after coming on he was involved in a play that saw him equalise for us.
This put the fight back in the side, and allowed us to play back into the game. An end to end battle ensued and in the 79th minute we took the lead off a goal from substitute N.Dube.
With just 10 minutes to play for we needed only to ensure that the hosts never scored. But, as promised Ajax bought the game to us. Putting pressure on in the last 3rd. In the dying minutes we conceded a number of free kicks on the edge of the box and managed to clear two.
But it was in the last minute of additional play that we conceded again, allowing Losper to equalise for the hosts.
An exciting game from both sides.
We will return to Durban and prepare for our next game against Orlando Pirates on the 18th of February at King Zwelithini Stadium.
We have the return Derby tomorrow night at King Zwelithini when we face AmaZulu in our weekend ABSA PSL fixture.
The game, set to be an epic battle for bragging rights is an important game for both teams on so many fronts. Currently we are sitting at equal points in the competition, with Amazulu sitting a place below us only on goal difference.
The determination of the side has been evident in the last couple of games. This weekend they will need to put on their true colours and convert that determination into goals, and retain the Derby bragging rights against Usuthu. We need to secure more wins as we head into the core of the season. With a league as tight as it is now, taking full points from a game is imperative,
Usuthu climbed three places after their win againt SuperSport United on Wednesday night and will be hoping for a home win to continue their momentum.
They will also be looking to take the win after we beat them 4-1 in an entertaining encounter in September. The game was a typical Derby one, with both teams fighting hard for the win. Although a fantastic final score, it was a game that could have gone either way.
Tomorrow nights game will be on the same level as far as entertainment goes. AmaZulu will be well prepared and wanting to secure a home win.
Tickets for Saturday are R40 at Computicket & Umlazi Mega City Spar.
We are appealing to all our supporters to wear your green and gold, lets get to King Zwelithini in numbers to support the team in this important encounter.
Our Diski boys travel to Ikamva Stadium this weekend as they take on Ajax Cape Town in a top of the log clash on Saturday at 10am.
We are heading to the end of the season for the team, who, though hard work and determination from the players and the coaching staff alike, have managed to secure their position at the top of the log with 28 points.
This is a 5 point lead ahead of Ajax Cape Town, and 6 points ahead of 3rd placed Bloemfontein Celtic. As the saying goes, “its not over ’till the fat lady sings”, and this will be the attitude from the side as they take to the field on Saturday.
Ajax have everything to play for. A win for them could narrow our lead on the top of the table by 2 points, and there will be no love lost from them as they host us.
As always, a very interesting and exciting position for the team to be in, and this will add to the pressures they face on the field.
Our game is not part of a festival and will not be televised, but follow our social media platforms for updates on the game as it happens.
After a positive start where we maintained good possession and arrived with relative ease in the final 3rd, we just could not find the final pass. We conceded against the run of play through a defensive error but maintained our composure to draw level before the break ,through a well taken Venter goal.
Baroka had two good chances that we’re excellently saved by Gumede. We dominated the 2nd half and took the lead through Mutizwa, only to concede with 15 minutes remaining after we could not effectively clear our lines.
We pushed hard for a winner and came close as Chideu, Nonyane, Lamola, Mutizwa and Magubane all had chances. Another unwanted draw but a much improved team performance nevertheless.
We have drawn another game at home this afternoon against Baroka FC at Princess Magogo Stadium. A win would have pushed us into the top 8 but it was not to be today in the 4 goal game against Baroka FC.
We dominated possession on the field and did well to play into the visitors last 3rd, but we lacked the finishing we were aiming for. Gumede made a telling save in the 12th minute, tipping a shot from Mdantsane onto the bar.
We then allowed Baroka to open the scoring in the 17th minute as Moputa played in from the far side, beating Zuke and slotting the ball between Gumede’s legs.
Our persistance paid off just before the break, with Venter equalising. He cut in from the far side, beat two defenders and managed to get the ball on his left foot, taking the shot and finding the back of the net.
Coming out after the break, Coach Larsen made a change, bringing Lamola on for Mahachi. Just 10 minutes in he missed an opportunity with a header that found the side netting.
We managed to take the lead after Mutizwa slotted the ball in off a rebound from Vries after Lamola had taken a shot that Vries failed to control.
The lead was short lived though as we allowed Baroka to play back into the game. A scramble for possession in the box left Motupa free again, and he made no mistake in finding his mark again to equalise.
We put up a fight to try and secure a lead again, and created a number of scoring chances, but were just not on target and unable to find the back of the net.
We will have a tough week of preparation ahead of our Derby game against AmaZulu next weekend at King Zwelithini Stadium.
A confident Diski side beat SuperSport United at Sturrock Park in the Multichoice Diski Challenge.
The win sees us add another 3 points on our lead at the top of the log at the moment, with second places Bloem Celtic facing AmaZulu tomorrow at King Zwelithini Stadium.
The youngsters took the game to their hosts from the fist minute, and went on the attack straight after SuperSport got the game underway.
Clear intentions from the side, that they were looking for the win and nothing would stop them in their quest to bring back the 3 points from the game.
The attacking play paid off for us in the 20th minute when Conco scored off a cross from Jappie. Sabelo then increased the lead just 2 minutes later after S.Parusnath won the ball in the middle, made a telling switch to Sabelo who made no mistake in finding the back of the net.
We went onto the break with the two goal advantage and the confidence of the players was evident in their determination coming back onto the field.
Jappie was then rewarded for his work on the field as Conco layed the ball off to him in an unmarked position, which allowed him to tap the ball in and get the third for the day.
SuperSport had a few good moments of play. But, outstanding work from our back four frustrated them. The hosts resorted to trying anything to get into the last third, and on one occasion played a high ball into the box. Dlamini fouled a player and the referee awarded SuperSport a penalty. Stoffels made no mistake and scored for the home team.
The home side fought hard to get back into the game, but were just not able to find their rhythm and did not have it in them to break our defence again.
An outstanding outing from the team who once again displayed a solid performance.
Tomorrow we are back on the field as we take on Baroka FC at Princess Magogo Stadium at 15h30 in another important PSL fixture.
We returned to the field in the second part of the season showing some determination in securing points. We have added 4 points to our tally of 22 so far and intend on making tomorrows encounter another full haul.
Having beaten SuperSport at home and then drawing away to Chippa United, the Coach and team are determined that a home win is on the cards. The potential to win is there, and defensively we have been stronger in our last two outings.
On the attack, we have looked positive too. And we just need to nail our final chances we create and finish off properly to increase our goal haul.
Baroka FC are just 3 points ahead of us at the moment, sitting at eight place on the log, and a win over them will go a long way in us trying to finish in the top8 again this season.
Baroka have had a mixed of results from their last three encounters. They lost to Chiefs in their last game, but before that beat Amazulu 2-0 after suffering a loss to Orlando Pirates.
The team have big game temperament and they will surely be bringing it to the Stadium tomorrow.
We would like to call on all of our supporters to come to the stadium. Tickets will be on sale at the gates. R40 for Adults and just R10 for kids under 12.
Lets try and fill the stands as much as possible.
Our Diski team will play their fourth to last match in the 2017/18 installment of the Multichoice Diski tournament this weekend against SuperSport United.
We have had a promising season again, with 11 games played to date, having lost 2, drawn one and won 8 of our encounters, accumulating a total of 25 points. This sees us sitting only 3 points ahead of Bloem Celtic at the moment, but in a position that we would like to hold onto at the business end of the season.
SuperSport United are just 7 points behind, sitting on 18 points on the log. This means they could still be in contention for the title if they win their last fixtures of the season.
This once again, will set the foundation for an exciting game in the competition. It’s a have to win situation for any team who still has a chance in the competition, and Saturdays game at Sturrock Park is just that.
Remember, all games that ar not part of a diski festival are free of charge. So get to the stadium and catch these youngsters in action.
Our Reserve side returned to the field this past weekend after their December holiday break.
The team is an important part of our development program, as it is from this platform that the young players move onto the Diski side and possibly to the first team.
The season is still young, with only one game played before the break and then the game played on Sunday against Summerfield Dynamos.
The teams shared the spoils in an entertaining 2-2 draw. This gives us 4 points so far in the season after wining our first game against Jahman.
The team continues their season this weekend when we face Merewent Aces on Sunday at Tara Road with a 15h00 kickoff.
In a game where neither team created any clear scoring chances it was important to at least take a point home.
We were organized defensively and showed good attacking intent, but could not carve out any clear scoring chances.
We are happy with the discipline and commitment shown by our players.
We have drawn against Chippa United this afternoon at Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth.
It was not an easy game,with the Chilli Boys throwing all they had at us from the opening minutes of the game. The first half saw them enjoy more shots on goal than we did, but the defensive play from us was solid at the back and didnt give them the space they needed to finish off properly.
We had only two shots at goal in the first 45, but they were on target, and Akpeyi made sure they were not allowed into the back of the net.
We made a slow start in the second half, but ended up showing a bit more domination of the ball. Coach Larson made a double sub, bringing on Shongwe and Magubane hoping to inject a bit of pace into the game. But this tactic unfortunately never paid off.
Both us and Chippa struggled with the final passes, and neither could get the break through we wanted. Chippa then brought the game to us in the last 10 minutes. We had to defend to deny them chances but managed to hold on for the draw.
We will return to Durban and prepare for a home encounter on Sunday as we face Baroka FC at Princess Magogo Stadium at 15:30
We suffered a home defeat to a determined Platinum Stars this morning in the Multichoice Diski game at Princess Magogo Stadium.
It was just not our day as the youngsters dominated play and posession, but were not able to find the back of the net. From the fist minute we kept posession well and spread the ball looking to find the back of the net. We played well both on attack and defensively with each player giving 100% on the field.
We managed to create a number of scoring opportunities in the fist half. Sabelo, Khwela, Conco and Falakhe all had shots at goal, but we could not find the target. Platinum Stars were solid in their defence and did all they could to deny us.
Going into the break and returning to the field, we again came back showing dominance. It was a counter move that caught us on the back foot that allowed Platinum Stars to score in the 58th minute. Dlamini fell back well, managed to deny an initial shot, but the ball was loose and Nale managed to get shot in which hit the post and deflected in for a goal.
We tried to fight back after that, but determination from the visitors to secure a win in the competition put them on high defence. They were not allowing us the opportunity. Ramafsi made some telling saves and the remainder of the team fell back to close any gaps that could have allowed us to score.
Another entertaining game from the side. They will now prepare to take on SuperSport United next Saturday at Lucas Moripe Stadium in our campaign to win the competition again this year.
Our senior team take on 8th placed Chippa United in their back garden tomorrow afternoon as we travel to Port Elizabeth for our PSL game of the weekend.
The team has been confident at practice this week after out win over SuperSport United last weekend. Morale is good ahead of our travel this weekend. That being said, there’s still work to be done, and another win away is what’s needed for the team to get into the right frame of mind as we get into the second half of the season.
Chippa sit just two points ahead of us on the table. Log positions 2 through to 8 are only separated by 5 points so there is still a lot to play for in the season. The Chilli Boys will want the win. Having drawn their last game against Wits after a win to Amazulu and before that a loss to Polokwane City, they too need the win for both points and team spirit.
Earlier on in the season we drew 1-1 to them at Princess Magogo Stadium, and we will be out to get the win tomorrow.
you can follow our live coverage of the game on our social media platforms. Should you be an Arrows supporter and are in the Port Elizabeth area, we would love to see you at the game.
Tomorrow morning Our Diski boys have another opportunity to grab all 3 points as we host Platinum Stars at the Princess Magogo Stadium at 10h00.
It has not been a good season for Dikwena who have yet to secure a win in this seasons competition. After ten games they have accumulated just 6 points from draws.
We have been enjoying a positive run of play in the competition. The determination of the youngsters is evident in their style of play and the attitude that they display when on the field. This has been a big contributing factor to their 1st place standing on the log at present.
On the day though, the game can be anyones, and Platinum Stars could try and pull out all the stops to secure a win away from home against us.
Remember, entrance to the game is free for Multichoice Diski games that are not being held in a festival format. So, come down to Princess Magogo tomorrow morning and catch some of the PSL’s future stars in action.
We will be keeping you informed of the games proceeding on both Twitter and Facebook, so if you dont follow us yet, and can’t make the game, follow us for blow-by-blow action.
The draw for the 2018 Nedbank Cup took place tonight in Sandton, Johannesburg.
Along with a number of innovate products that Nedbank has that run alongside with the competition, they have also extended their sponsorship of the competition for another 5 years. They also announced that for the first time this year, fans will be able to vote for Ke Yona team search players to be voted into their preferred PSL teams.
We were represented at the draw by Assistant coach Mandla Ncikazi at the draw.
We were drawn as the away team in the 4th draw against Kaizer Chiefs.
The full draw was as follows.
SAFA Western Cape v Orbit College
Mariveni United VS EC Bees
Swallows FC v Maritzburg United
Kaizer Chiefs v Golden Arrows
Cape Town All Stars v Mamelodi Sundowns
SAFA Mpumalanga (TBC) v Chippa United
Orlando Pirates v Ajax Cape Town
Bidvest Wits v Cape Town City
AmaZulu v Mthatha Bucks
Super Eagles v Free State Stars
Platinum Stars v Baroka FC
Richards Bay v Bloemfontein Young Tigers
Stellenbosch FC v Highlands Park
Bloemfontein Celtic v SuperSport United
Happy Wanderers v Royal Eagles
Ubuntu Cape Town v Polokwane City
The first games in the competition will be played on the 6th of February. A list of fixture dates will be released as soon as it is available.
Our players showed good determination and discipline to beat a stubborn SuperSport team. I feel we were good value for our win yesterday as we kept a strong structure which was complimented with some great attacking play.
Buthelezi was outstanding on his debut as he partnered Mngwengwe with aplomb. Another debutant, Zuke was also outstanding in midfield as he gave us a very calming influence in possession.
We had some close scares late on as SuperSport went route one but managed to hold on.
A much needed 3 points, clean sheet and all round solid performance from the team.
A fantastic team effort saw us secure a win this afternoon against SuperSport United in an action packed game from start to finish.
The first half was well executed from both sides. We used the ball well to play up into the last third while looking to score, but never took as much advantage of a brisk wind behind us. There were a number of opportunities for us to score, in particular when Mahachi was played into a promising position. Pieterse came out of the box to defend and couldnt control the ball, it deflected but Mahachi was just not able to get to it and guide it into its mark.
The teams went into the break with no score on the board and when they returned SuperSport came back dominating the first couple of minutes of play.
We did well on the par though this afternoon.The team looked composed and determined. This paid off in the 80th minute as Mahachi found the back of the net after Pieterse failed to hold onto a shot from Venter.
The game was far from over though, and SuperSport fought until the dying minutes for an equaliser. Gumede’s last 10 minutes were intense as he fielded a number of shots at goal from all angles.
A good win from the team today and a great morale booster ahead of our trip to play Chippa next weekend on the 21st.
A big thank you to our supporters who show dedication and belief in our squad.
We play our first home game of 2018 tomorrow as we host SuperSport United at the Princess Magogo Stadium, with a 15h30 kick-off.
It’s a must win game for us tomorrow. We have failed to secure maximum points in our last 12 outings, and its critical that we pull together and finish off on the chances we have been creating on the field.
The commitment of the players is evident when on the field, but this needs to be converted into goals in order for us to climb up the log standings
SuperSport have played two games already this year, and have yet to secure a win after drawing to Kaizer Chiefs and then losing 2-0 to Bidvest Wits in a midweek game this week. They are catching up their league matches and have only played 13 games so far this season.
We appeal to our supporters to get to the stadium and stand behind the team. Your presence at the stadium is important to us in our campaign. Should you not be there, the game will be televised on SS4 and we will keep you in the know with our play-by-play feed on social media.
We have secured another 3 points in our Diski campaign after a 3-2 win over Bloemfontein Celtic at Dr.Molemela stadium this morning.
The game had an explosive start for us and we dominated the play in the opening minutes. The early pressure paid off for us and saw Sabelo open the scoring in the 12th minute to give us an early lead on the hosts.
We allowed them to play back into the game though as we dropped back defensively, allowing them more time on the ball to create scoring opportunities. We were fortunate at first that they were not able to finish and managed to put another 2 goals on the board through some great play from Conco and Mgwaba.
Conco scored a fantastic volley shot after an amazing assist from Mgwaba. Mgwaba then had an opportunity to find the back of the net after super sub Jappie made a solid cross to the unmarked man in front of the goals and he made no mistake and scored!
Celtic found their feet though and managed to pull 2 goals back on us. Their first goal came in the 51st minute as Modise scored right after Naicker made a telling save. Mabaso then got their second as we were found wanting at the back in the 62nd minute of play.
The game went down to the wire, with skipper Sibisi putting his body on the line in the last minute of extra time to deny the home side the equaliser.
The team will return to Durban where they will play a home game next Sunday, the 21st, against Platinum Stars at 10h00.
Tomorrow our Diski team will continue their 2017/2018 Multichoice Diski campaign with an away game, top of the table clash against Bloemfontein Celtic at Dr.Molemela Stadium at 10h00.
We’ve had a successful season thus far. Having played 9 games; winning 7, drawing 1 and losing just 1, sitting top of the log, two points clear of Celtic
Both sides have played well up to this point. And it’s important to secure wins from now on, as there are only six games left in the season. Both teams will be hungry for the 3 points to try and push away from the rest of the teams in the competition.
The game is not part of the Diski Festival which is taking place at Tsakane Stadium, so it will not be televised.
We will however be keeping you up-to-date with the game over both Facebook and Twitter. So follow us to keep in the action during the game.
We would like to announce the signing of Sandile Zuke to the team
The 30 year old central midfielder started his professional career with Kaizer Chiefs in 2007 and has since then plied his trade with a number of South African clubs including Mpumalanga Black Aces, Bidvest Wits and more recently Chippa United.
He played a short stint overseas for Thai based club Jumpasri United who participate in the Toyota Thai League.
We would like to welcome Sandile to the club and wish him a successful time with us.
First half was probably the worst I’ve seen the team play since I joined. We were awful from back to front. After some strong words at half time and the introduction of Venter, we started to impose ourselves on our opponents but the damage was done in the first half as we trailed 2-0.
We went for broke, pulled one back but could not get the equalizer. I think on the balance of play Celtic deserved to win. They have assembled a very strong team and at times totally played us off the park.
We showed in the second half what we are capable of doing but need to do so over 90 minutes if we are to break this terrible run.
We have lost this afternoon against Bloemfontein Celtic at Dr.Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein.
The home side dominated the play in the first half, managing to score twice before the break to set a tough foundation for us to pull back on in the second half.
They dominated possession on the field and managed to break our defence on a number of occasions to get into a favourable position to pull the trigger.
They opened the scoring in the 28th minute off the boot of Letsoalo. A run up the far flank set up the play. The ball was played at a tight angle into the box and through Gumede’s legs as he dived to try control the ball. Letsoalo, waiting in front of the goal, had an easy nudge in to open the scoring.
The second goal came in extra time of the first half after Hotto played himself into a favourable position in the box. Another tight angle play saw him play the ball past Gumede and put the second in for the home side.
Coach Larsen made a change from the break which saw Venter make his debut as he replaced Magubane. His inclusion in the game made a difference in play and saw a fresh set of play from us. Chideu was then bought into the mix too and we looked good on the ball again.
We enjoyed more shots on goal and eventually pulled one back when Chideu scored for us in the 68th minute. This had an encouraging effect on the side and we had a number more shots on goal but we could just not find the mark.
A tough day on the field today, but the side need to consolidate and turn things around as we prepare to play SuperSport United next week Sunday 14 January, at Princess Magogo Stadium
It’s the return to the Absa premiership this weekend as we take on Bloemfontein Celtic at Dr Molemela Stadium, Sunday afternoon at 15h30.
Both teams will be aiming for full points. We need to secure a win to climb back into the Top8 of the competition.
We drew to Celtic earlier on in the season, after Nyundu opened the scoring early on in the game. Mahachi equalised just before the break and thereafter the game was a fight to try and break a deadlock that saw a number of shots at goals from bith sides, but neither finding the back of the net.
Currently, we are separated by just a point on the log. Bloem have 19 points and are sitting 7th, while we are three positions below.
Its going to be an action packed game, and one that we are capable of coming home with full points from.
The game will be televised live on SuperSport4 with the match build up starting at 15h00.
A play-by-play feed will also be given over our Twitter and Facebook feeds. So avoid the disappointment of missing the action and follow us!
We would like to announce that we have secured the services of Danny Venter.
Danny joins us from Free State Stars where he has played since 2013, making 59 appearances for the side, scoring 7 goals.
Previously he played for Bloemfontein Celtic from 2010 to 2013 where he appeared 41 times for the club. He scored 3 goals in his time there with them.
We welcome Danny to the club and wish him well with his time with Lamontvile Golden Arrows.
This was definitely one of our better performances of the first round.We dominated the first half but could not turn that dominance into goals.
The players carried out our tactical approach with aplomb. The second half was a lot more open with both teams attacking at will. We pushed hard for a winner and at times almost got caught on the counter but for some very strong defending from Mzava and man of the match Mngwengwe.
A strong performance,clean sheet but again dropped two valuable points.
We have played to a goalless draw against Maritzburg United this afternoon at Princess Magogo Stadium.
It was an uneventful first half. Both sides were reserved in their play, opting to try and keep possession and play up into the last third with short and calculated passes.
We did see to enjoy more shots at goal, but were either just not on target or the shots were high over the bar. Our attacking plays were well orchestrated, and there was a clear intention shown, whether it was up the right with Dube and Ndwandwe or the left by Nonyane and Sibiya.
There was great support play in the middle, with Bilankulu showing some dominance along with Mahachi.
In the second half, The Team of Choice came back onto the park and tried to domainte the play. They retained the ball well and had a number of attacking plays at goal, but they could not break our defence.
We managed to find our composure, and played ourselves back into the game. But neither sides could find that break in the last third to score.
Another tough Derby game, and shared spoils for us as we head into a short festive break.
We return to the field on the 7th of January as we face Bloemfontein Celtic away at Dr.Molemela Stadium
Tomorrow afternoon we finish off the first half of the season with a KZN Derby game against Maritzburg United. The game will be played at Princess Magogo Stadium, and will kick-off at 15h30.
We will be looking to secure a win and 3 points from this encounter. We are currently 5points off the top of the log, and our last two results have set us back in our log position.
A win before the break would boost morale in the camp and we have our eyes firmly on that target.
We have been playing well, and have been unfortunate on not being able to convert well fought chances into goals. This has meant that we have had to settle for eight draws so far, 3 losses and only getting maximum points from 3 games.
Maritzburg are always a tough team in a Derby encounter, and they will bring it all on Sunday. A win for them could give them a good boost up the log.
We will be giving you, our fans, an up to the minute feed on the game should you not be able to be there. We do howver encourage you to come to the stadium and get behind the boys as we face our KZN rivals. And from previous derbies played before, this game will not be shy of goals. The game will be televised on SuperSport 10. Let’s get down to princess magogo and get behind the boys and let’s finish the year off on a high note
In a game that could have gone either way in the first half, we fought back well and secured the 3 points to remain on top of the log going into the festive break.
Both sides came onto the pitch showing intention to secure the win. In what was a head to head battle from the first minute, both ourselves and Chippa used our possession to its full advantage, playing into the last third and fighting to secure the opening goal.
It was the visitors however who struck first, securing a goal off the boot of Lonose in the 27th minute. This put us on the backfoot for a while and the youngsters handled a barrage of further attacks from the visitors. The first half was not short of shots on goal for us, but we were just unable to convert our chances.
We returned to the field after the break with determination In the early minutes of the half we put great pressure on the visitors goals. This paid off for us as we managed to pull back a goal and equalize with Sabelo scoring after the keeper fumbled a long range shot from N.Dube, and Sabelo Who was brave enough to put his head in the way of an oncoming keeper who tried to clear the ball, but Sabelo got there first to score.
Mathenjwa then gave us the lead after coming on as a sub. Another great team effort saw us get into the firing zone, we had a shot on goal which was saved. The rebound ball was loose and Mathenjwa managed to get to it and push it past the keeper for the lead.
The game however was not over then. Chippa fought hard to score again, and had a number of shots, but we were able to survive the attempts.
We were also unlucky not to score again when Conco was put into position on the right. He had a shot that hit the post, the rebound ball was then controlled by Mgwaba who tried a bicycle kick. It was a fantastic attempt but it hit the bar and bounced straight down.
A well fought game from the youngsters today in Umlazi to retain the top spot on the Diski log.
They return to the field in the new yer with a game on the 13th January againt Bloemfontein Celtic at Dr Miolemela Stadium at 12h00.
Tomorrow morning we play our last Diski fixture of the year, when we host Chippa United at King Zwelithini Stadium at 10h00.
This game was meant to take place last weekend, however, it had to be rescheduled because of transport issues cause by delays at the airports.
So far we have played well in our 8 encounters, and edged to the top of the table with a 3-1 win over Polokwane City in our last match played at home.
The top 3 places are in hot contention. Ourselves and Bloemfontein Celtic are level on points, but we now have a game in hand, and we occupy the top spot because of our 1 goal difference. Supersport United and Maritzburg United sit third, with just a point in it at position 3 and 4.
With our game in hand a win tomorrow would mean that we could stretch our lead by 3 points at the top of the table going into the Christmas break.
Chippa will be eager for a win, having played 8 games, they have managed to only secure 8 points so far after winning 2, drawing 2 and losing 4 of their outings. They are sitting 14th on the log and would appreciate points to improve on their standings.
This is a tough competition, but on the day anything can happen in these exciting and action packed encounters.
We encourage you to get to the stadium to catch the action. Entrance will be free and its a great way to start your weekend off. You will be able to catch some young talented players in action and the Diski platform showcases some fantastic talent.
The game will not be televised, but we will keep you updated on our social media platform
So disappointed for the players that they got no reward for the performance they gave. We are proud of the efforts they continue to give regardless of the result. They went pound for pound with the best team in the country and at times it seemed as if there was a big yellow bus in front of us. You don’t always get what you deserve in football and today was proof thereof.
We suffered a home defeat this afternoon to Sundowns in an exciting and well contested game.
It was a tough first half, and Masandwana came onto the field to try and set their domination from the first minute. They attacked early and put us on the back foot. This allowed them to secure an opening goal in the 6th minute.
Soumahoro managed to get a boot on a rebound ball and put it past Gumede to score.
We fought back well, and Mahachi had a shot from range in the 10th minute that hit the bar and then later was disallowed a goal as he was deemed offside.
Both sides fought to score again. We had a number of great movements but could just not break the defence.
We stood strong at the back, with Mngwengwe and Mzava putting it all on the line to ensure that movements from Tau and his team mates were closed down.
All in all, it was a fantastic fight from both sides and we were unlucky not to have equalized and gone ahead on goals as we created the chances.
We will prepare for the KZN Derby next Sunday we we meet Maritzburg United at Princess Magogo for our last game befor the Christmas break.
Tomorrow morning we play our last diski fixture of the year, when we take on Chippa united at Wolfson Stadium at 10h00.
So far we have played well in our 8 encounters, and edged to the top of the table with a 3-1 win over Polokwane City in our last match played at home.
The top 3 places are in hot contention. Ourselves and Bloemfontein Celtic are level on points, with us occupying top spot because of our 1 goal difference. Supersport United sits at third, with just 2 points in it.
We will all be wanting to secure a win and try maintain our top of the table spot going into the Christmas break.
Chippa will be eager for a win, having played 8 games, they have managed to only secure 8 points so far after winning 2, drawing 2 and losing 4 of their outings.
This is a tough competition, but on the day anything can happen in these exciting and action packed encounters.
Our game is not part of the Festival taking place and will not be televised. We will however keep you up-to-date with the progress of the game.
We return home to face Mamelodi Sundowns tomorrow at the Princess Magogo Stadium in our 14th game of the season. The game will kick off at 15h30.
Its been a tough week after our 2-1 loss to Free State Stars in Bethlehem, but the team have not had time to mope about the game as preparations started as soon as we arrived back for tomorrws encounter with Sundowns
With just two games left before the break, we need to collect points and we are determined to make tomorrows game count.
Sundowns have been catching up their fixtures, and have made no attempt to hide their intentions in the process. With just 10 games under their belt they have quickly climbed the log. On Tuesday they never held back as they beat Baroka FC 4-0.
They will come to secure a win, and Sunday should produce a great game to watch. Sundowns always enjoy away support and we urge you to get to the stadium in your Lamontville Golden Arrows colours to show support to the team.
Gates open at 12h30. Tickets are R40 for adults and just R10 for kids under 12 and are available only at the gates. So come to Kwa Mashu, bring a friend and lets get behind the team!
We definitely deserved something out of this game after a very strong second half showing. We struggled playing into a strong wind first half but used the conditions to our advantage in the second.
We gave ourselves an uphill task after conceding after only two minutes of the restart. We threw everything at Stars with the score at 2-1 and could have equalized had it not been for some tenacious defending by the home team.
Nonyane played a good 55 minutes after a lengthy lay off.Great to see him back giving a solid performance.
We have failed to secure a win in the ABSA Premiership tonight as we were defeated 2-1 by Free State Stars at Goble Park.
In a game that saw us dominate in the majority of the first half, with promising shots at goal from Siyabonga Dube in the 13th minute and a Shot from Magubane in the 37th off a flick-on from Mutizwa, we were just not able to convert the chances.
Ea Lla Koto made sure they had some promising opportunitis too, and Anas was unlucky to have a close range shot go wide off the mark.
This saw the teams go into the break goalless, but Free State Stars returned to the field with some early attack and it paid off for them.
Dlamini broke the deadlock as he converted a cross from Anas. He had a toe-poke inside the area and gave the hosts the lead.
A short while later Jantjie took a free-kick and found his mark, taking Free State Stars to a 2 goal lead.
We fought back, and we managed to pull one back as Magubane converted a pass from Nkombelo. But this was not enough and although we attacked the last third, Free State Stars dropped defensively and would just not let us break through.
We will prepare for our home game on Sunday against Mamelodi Sundowns, and encourage you to come to Princess Magogo to lift the spirits of the players.
Disappointed would be an understatement. Scoring two good team goals then conceding through a penalty and a deflected equalizer was a tough way to drop two valuable points.
We weren’t at our best for sure but neither were our opponents who did very little to trouble Gumede in goals.
More points dropped at home so we have to win our next match against Free State Stars at all cost.
We had chances to get a third or fourth goal but it wasn’t to be.
Another positive result on the road for the club. It’s never easy playing at Orlando but our players showed no fear and gave their all to make sure we returned with a point.
Gumede made three good saves to keep us in the game but we also had opportunities which Mabokwane did well to save. We maintained good tactical discipline throughout and made it difficult for our opponents to break us down.
We could have done much better with our counter and break attacks which lacked the killer final pass. Gumede and Cele were our standout performers on the night.
Supersport took the lead quite fortuitously when Bilankulu slipped because of the soft underfoot conditions. We had the first chance of the game though ,when Mutizwa chipped Williams only for the ball to narrowly go over the crossbar.
Conceding the second goal just before the break made our task all the more difficult. Chasing the game made us susceptible to conceding again and our opponent got their third , killing all hopes of any comeback.
Truth be told it was not a bad performance by the team but also not good enough to get any result from a very experienced Supersport team.
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