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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.

P W D L GF GA GD PTS
Kharwastan 18 14 2 2 36 18 18 44
Golden Arrows 18 13 3 2 44 13 21 42
Jahman Stars 18 12 4 2 41 14 27 40
Summerfield Dynamos 18 11 4 3 39 17 22 37
Umbumbulu 18 7 2 9 25 37 -12 23
Toronto 18 6 1 11 29 30 -1 19
Amazayoni 18 5 3 10 29 39 -10 18
Folweni All Stars 18 4 3 11 22 40 -23 15
Leeds 18 3 2 13 21 44 -23 11
Merewent Aces 18 1 4 13 8 42 -34 7

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:

P W D L GF GA GD PTS
Summerfield Dynamos 15 11 4 0 35 14 21 37
Kharwastan 15 11 2 2 30 17 13 35
Jahman Stars 16 10 4 2 38 13 25 34
Golden Arrows 14 9 3 2 34 12 22 30
Umbumbulu 17 7 2 8 24 33 -9 23
Toronto 17 6 1 10 28 28 0 19
Amazayoni 16 4 3 9 27 36 -9 15
Folweni All Stars 17 4 3 10 22 38 -16 15
Leeds 16 3 2 11 19 34 -15 11
Merewent Aces 17 1 4 12 8 40 -32 7

 

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

SAB League updateOur 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.

 

P W D L GF GA GD PTS
Summerfield Dynamos 13 9 4 0 31 14 17 31
Kharwastan 13 9 2 2 27 17 10 29
Jahman Stars 13 8 3 2 35 13 22 27
Golden Arrows 10 6 2 2 22 10 12 20
Umbumbulu 13 6 2 5 21 23 -2 20
Toronto 12 4 1 7 21 23 -2 13
Folweni All Stars 11 3 2 6 18 26 -8 11
Leeds 14 3 1 10 19 32 -13 10
Merewent Aces 13 1 4 8 7 33 -26 7
Amazayoni 12 1 3 8 19 29 -10 6

Coaches comments - Free State Stars It took an unfortunate own goal to for us to draw a game we were in full command of. After a very good 1st half display we were disappointed not to go into the halftime break at least a goal or two to the good.

We took the lead through Magubane and once again did not put the game to bed by getting the 2nd goal. As is usually the case these situations come back to haunt you and it did in the form of an own goal.

We lifted ourselves and continued to push for a winner and came close on several occasions but it wasn’t to be. Two points dropped but lots of positives to take moving forward.

We have played to a 1-1 draw this afternoon with Free State Stars at Princess Magogo Stadium.

In a game that went to the changerooms with no score on the board at half time, it turned out to be the second half that provided the goals in the encounter.

We played a good first half. Showing some dominance on the field and creating promising opportunities to score. The players did well to defend when Stars came on the counter but we created more opportunities than our opponents.

Free State Stars did well at the back to close down our advances in the final third. Either getting in close and boxing us in, and not allowing the freedom to take a shot, or by throwing their bodies on the line to block shots.

After the break both teams came out intent on opening the scoring. A passage of play from Stars players saw them attack us from the left. A high cross to the box was taken and in trying to clear it, it came off Mngwengwe’s boot and into the goals giving the visitors the lead.

We needed to play back into the game. Changes were made from the bench that saw Magubane and Jooste enter the field. Both players are known to make an impact and the game livened up.

Magubane eventually managed to equalise for us in the 71st minute. Some good pressure on the keeper saw him fumble the ball and Magubane made sure of the goal.

We have 10 days to prepare for our away game against Mamelodi Sundowns, on the 17th of April at loftus stadium at 19:30

Our Diski boys have played to a 0-0 draw in the field Diski Shield game this morning against Chippa United.

Although we showed dominance throughout the majority of the match, it was a number of missed chances in both halves that denied us the game at Wolfson Stadium.

The team showed some superiority on the field and managed to break the Chippa defence on a number of occasions. Debutantes M.Dlamini and Ndlelu proved themselves in the centre field, and helped play Conco into position to score.

But some good keeping from Myataza denied us, as well as other finishing shots just not being on target.

Not the result we would have hoped for, and we will need to work on aspects of our game before our next encounter against Maritzburg United on Sunday 15 April next weekend at Princess Magogo Stadium at 10:00

Tomorrow afternoon we will look to harness the positivity from Wednesday nights win in Cape Town against Cape Town City as we look to our home game against Free State Stars.

The team had a fantastic defensive game and this was a critical part in retaining our 49th minute lead against the Cape Town city, who had managed to threaten our last third from both sides of the field.

The coaching staff will be looking to maintain the positivity and draw on it in front of the home crowd come kick off at 3pm.

Stars had a tough mid-week game against Kaizer Chiefs, losing in the last minute of extra time to a goal from Teenage Hadebe.

They will surely be looking to secure some points away from home, and redeem some pride they may have lost against The Glamour Boys. Ea Lla koto have been coming out and showing their intent in the early minutes of their games. Saturday could see them try the same to secure an opener and put us on the back foot.

We would like to appeal to all of our support to come and get behind the side as we take on our Bethlehem opponents. The support would be appreciated by all. Tickets will be available at the gates. R40 adults, R15 kids U12

The game will be televised on SABC should you not be at the stadium. As usual a full play by play feed will be available on our socail media platforms.

The countdown to the Diski Shield is here with the first games taking place this weekend. We play against Chippa United in the first of our ‘Coastal West’ clashes in this new and exciting competition.

We will want to pick up from where we left off in the diski Challenge competition, and look to continue our winning ways in the opening game.

The players are hungry to dominate the competition and are aware that every team would like to be the side to progress to be dubbed ‘Ubani Ibhoza Ngakini?’ (The Boss of the Hood) and progress to the Clash of the Cities stage of the competition.

We last played Chippa in a festival game at King Zwelithini Stadium in December. Although we won the game 2-1 it was a tough game against a very capable side.

Chippa opened the scoring in the first half and maintained pressure on us. Two goals in the second half eventually saw us take the win, but it was a closely contested game that could have gone either way.

There will be festivals in the Shield competition, but unfortunately our game this weekend at Wolfson Stadium is not one of them, and will therefore not be televised.

We will be keeping you up to date with minute by minute information on the game.

Cape Twon City - Coaches CommentsThis match was all about trying to get 3 points and nothing else. We had no intention of trying to outplay a quality City team but what we were looking for was defensive discipline and a strong fighting spirit of which our players gave both.

With 5 games to go its all about points especially if we still harbor ambitions of a top 8 finish..

We have secured a valuable 3 points tonight with a well fought for away win against Cape Town City.

In a first half that saw the home side dominating both on the field and possesion. Cape town City made some threatening plays, with Lakay taking on both Nkombelo and Ndwandwe on either side of the park and breaking through to our last 3rd.

Mathiane and the rest of our defence looked solid though out and saw to it that the opportunities could not be capitalised on. A solid fight from the team saw us go into the break without conceding,

We managed to clinch the lead just 4 minutes into the second half, when Lamola was put into a perfect position by Venter. He took the opportunity running onto the ball and beat Stephens to find the back of the net.

Some calm and calculated play between Bilankulu, Venter and Lamola created a couple more opportunities, but he failed to finish off and put the game to bed.

We had to fight defensively to secure the win. Cape Town City refused to hold off and came at us from all angles. Our defenders played out of their socks tonight and ensured the win at Cape Town Stadium.

There is no rest for the side though as we return home and prepare to take on Free State Stars at home on Saturday afternoon at Princess Magogo Stadium. Kick off at 3pm.

Cape town City vs Golden Arrows - 04 April 2018We return to ABSA Premiership action tomorrow night as we are hosted by Cape Town City at the Cape Town Stadium. The game will kick off at 19h30.

The team has used this break wisely, and have worked both on and off the field to ensure a united unit as we head into the business end of the season. With six games left, its important to stand together as a solid unit. Practices have been intense and off the field the team took part in a team building day to help ensure a united front on the field.

Having played 24 games so far, we have managed 5 wins, and endured 12 draws to accumulate a total of 27 points so far. This is just 5 points off a Top8 finish currently, and still an obtainable goal to finish on come the end of the season.

Cape town City will be looking at focusing on their Premiership games now too after recently exiting the Nedbank Cup to Mamelodi Sundowns as well as losing to Costa do Sol in their CAF Confederations Cup fixture.

Benny McCarthy’s team will be looking to gain points in the competition as well as seeking a win at home.

The game will not be televised. However, we will be keeping you up to date on the game proceedings over our social network handles.

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

GP W D L GF GA GD P
Summerfield Dynamos 8 6 2 0 21 9 12 20
Jahman Stars 8 5 2 1 24 10 14 17
Golden Arrows 7 4 2 1 15 6 9 14
Kharwastan 7 4 2 1 18 12 6 14
Folweni All Stars 7 3 1 3 14 19 -5 10
Umbumbulu 7 2 1 4 11 15 -4 7
Toronto 7 2 0 5 11 16 -5 6
Merewent Aces 8 1 3 4 5 25 -20 6
Amazayoni 7 1 2 4 14 13 1 5
Leeds 8 1 1 6 12 20 -8 4

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:

P W D L GF GA GD PTS
Summerfield Dynamos 5 3 2 0 12 4 8 11
Kharwastan 5 3 1 1 12 7 5 10
Golden Arrows 5 3 1 1 10 5 5 10
Jahman Stars 5 2 2 1 16 9 7 8
Folweni All Stars 4 2 1 1 9 8 1 7
Umbumbulu 5 2 0 3 10 12 -2 6
Toronto 5 2 0 3 10 13 -3 6
Leeds 5 1 1 3 6 10 -4 4
Merewent Aces 5 1 1 3 3 15 -12 4
Amazayoni 4 0 1 3 5 10 -5 1

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.

Nedbank Cup - Last32We 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
Time: 15:30
Opponents: Kaizer Chiefs

Clinton Larson on the AmaZulu gameIn 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.

Durban DerbyWe 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

A typical cut throat cup tie with both teams playing attacking football. After a very positive opening 15 minutes Pirates then bossed the remainder of the first half with Qalinge running riot.

We only managed to carve out one clear scoring chance to Pirates 3-4 chances of which they took one. After the break with the introduction of Sibiya we were more enterprising and created lots more chances with Mutizwa twice coming close with two headers as well as chances from Chideu and Magubane.

We gave it our all in the second half but it was not to be .Another fantastic workmanlike effort from the team of which we are very proud.

A big thank you to all our supporters who were there to support the team.

Coming twice from behind against a stubborn Polokwane outfit showed great character on the part of our players.

The result is not ideally what we wanted but once again we showed unbelievable fighting spirit. Our performance lacked a bit of spark but it’s understandable considering we played 3 days ago in Polokwane and felt the effects of our travels.

We now look forward to a reprieve from league football as we welcome Orlando Pirates in the Telkom cup.

After a positive opening 15-20 minutes we conceded against the run of play with a horrendous defensive error. The goal somehow rattled us and gave Baroka the momentum leading to the break.

With a few adjustments at half time we came out and played with more belief and showed greater attacking impetus. All three second half substitutes; Shongwe,Jappie and Mutizwa, made a positive contribution to our second half performance. We duelly equalized through a well taken Magubane strike and tried for the winner but it was not to be.

Another good point on the road..Well done once again for the courage and commitment shown by our players.

Our first half performance was not good enough although we still created a few chances. After changing the system and making substitutions we dominated the 2nd half and should have wrapped up the game, looking at the number of chances we missed.

It’s good that we still unbeaten after 7 games but disappointing to have dropped 2 points at home. Our players once again showed tremendous bravery and commitment in first equalizing then going on an assault trying to get the winner. A big thank you once again to our faithful supporters!

We asked our players to play with belief and that’s exactly what they done. They went to FNB and took on Kaizer Chiefs without fear.

Playing two consecutive away games and picking up four points has been a good return for the club.Once again I have to praise our players for their commitment and dedication.

As we had told our players, this Platinum Stars team is o lot stronger than the table suggests. Full of experience and quality we had a very difficult time keeping them quiet. We had some good attacking moments throughout but were not decisive enough.

We got our first clean sheet in 5 games, something we have put a strong emphasis on. Our perseverance was strong throughout with the boys pushing right to the end and we were finally rewarded with a Mahachi winner late on.

Platinum Stars are going to surprise a lot of teams so this was a huge victory for us.

We deserved more than we got from this game but that’s been the story of our season,we create more chances than our opponents but they score from their first attack. We are happy with the fact that there is better consistency in our performances but not happy about our results.

A combination of poor finishing on our part and some great goalkeeping on theirs meant we got what we deserved. With 12 games left we need to fight hard for the remaining points available.

This was an entertaining match for both sets of supporters,with both teams attacking each other from the onset. Again we played with good intensity and our desire to get to our opponents box was very strong.

Still we were wasteful on the breaks and could have scored a few more goals with better decision making. A good home win and now we need to do it on the road as we have two away games in quick succession.

A big thank you to our supporters who rallied behind the team.

We produced a good attacking display with plenty of pace and good movement in attack. We struggled at times to deal aerially with Gamal and later Rodgers but did just about enough to get over the line.

Our players deserve all the credit for the energy and commitment shown throughout.

A disappointing result when you look at the chances we created and the way we dominated Celtics, especially in the second half.

Another good defensive display by the team with Mzava and Mngwengwe outstanding in central defense. We need to start converting our chances in order to turn these draws into wins though..

Overall we are happy with the commitment shown by our players.

As usual this was a very difficult fixture. I think in the end a draw was a fair result although we created more clear cut chances.

It was a game that did not flow with a lot of stop-starts. Taking into consideration the circumstances of not having both coaches on the bench, coach Vusumuzi Vilakazi and the players did a great job earning a good point away from home.

A fiery encounter to say the least. We came into this game on the back of a good pre-season hoping to put in a competitive performance.

I think we gave as good as we got against a very strong Wits team. Very happy once again with the fighting spirit displayed by our team. Once again we conceded two very soft goals, a penalty and a defensive blunder but on the other hand scored two good goals through Lamola and Mahachi.

Plenty positives to take from our first competitive game.

I am so proud of our players never say die attitude as it’s for that reason that we have qualified for the Top 8.

We started brightly but conceded to a Gabuza header after 20 mins. We never really settled in the 1st half going into the break a goal down but came out much stronger in the 2nd half. We deservedly equalized through Lamola and kept Pirates under constant pressure until finding the winner through Mutizwa in injury time.

Our players deserve all the credit for what they have just achieved as they have fought to honour our clubs colours.

After a jittery opening 30 mins where I think maybe the occasion got the better of some of our players, we the began to find some openings in the opponents defense.

We conceded from a set piece which was very disappointing and went into the break a goal down. We threw everything at Pirates in the 2nd half, hitting the crossbar, two clearances off the line and two headers coming close but to no avail.

Very proud of our young team for what they have achieved and for the spirit they have shown throughout the season. This experience will only hold them in good stead for the future.

This was a bitter pill to swallow after giving our all, playing so well and losing at the death with an own goal.

We were the better team in the 1st half and should have easily taken a lead into the break but again missed the opportunity to do so We defended well 2nd half as our opponents steadily grew into the game. We were very unfortunate to concede the way we did but are nevertheless proud of our teams performance away from home.

The positives from this performance definitely outnumber the negatives.

This was a win at all cost game for both teams and we are happy to have come out victorious. Difficult conditions did not make it any easier and to make matters worse we had to defend long balls for the entire match.

Not an easy task considering we are not one of the bigger teams physically. We should have taken more than just the single goal into the break, but it was a special one nonetheless. Magubane put us in the lead with a long range effort for his first goal in the premier league.

Second half was more of the same as we were not clinical enough on the break, our Achilles heel this season. We still managed to score two more through Lamola and a sublime Mahachi finish.

Credit to the players again for their fighting spirit and commitment.

A very valuable point gained in the bigger scheme of things. We were well organized and had three big chances to take a lead into the break.

We conceded another soft goal from a long pass behind our defense but credit must go to the players for never giving up and our persistent pressures late on was rewarded when Mutizwa earned us a valuable point.

Next up is Baroka in a match we simply have to win if we want any chance of a Ttop 8 finish.

We are very proud of our players performance and application even though we lost by two goals.

We could have taken at least a goal or two lead into the break but for Onyango’s heroics in goal. We again had two glorious chances in the opening 20 mins of the 2nd half but failed to score. We were punished for our missed chances when Sundowns scored two goals in 10 mins to steal the points.

Nevertheless we went toe to toe with a very good Sundowns team.

It was a case of three mistakes, three goals. Some disappointing individual mistakes cost us on the night.

We played very well second half but left it a little too late. Not the result we wanted as the fight for top eight places hots up. With 5 games remaining we have to grind out some positive results during this final push.

A solid team performance and a great result for the club. We had great shape and organization for the entire match.

Our defense was outstanding with Mzava and Mngwengwe marshaling with aplomb. We handed a debut to 19yr old fullback Romario Dlamini and he did not disappoint giving a sterling performance. We could have gone into the break 2-0 up had Mutizwa converted his 1v1 chance with Mzimela.

We had to deal with an aerial assault where Henrico Botes had to be kept in check and our defense and goalkeeper dealt with the threat very well.

A great result for our supporters who have been behind the team from day one.

Playing a team fighting for their lives is never easy. Ajax were highly motivated and gave us a really tough game.

Conditions made life difficult for both team with the heavy winds affecting the game. A solid team display but not enough clear scoring chances created.

1-0 nil up at the break through an Mngwengwe strike, I knew Paulse would be brought on, and he was very good and effective, he gave us problems aerially. Nxumalo equalized for Ajax as they bombarded us with long balls in the final 15mins.

We had to eventually settle for a disappointing solitary point but an important one nevertheless.

A poor performance by the recent displays we have been giving. We were flat from the first whistle, largely due to having put in such a huge effort 3 days earlier.

A few questionable decisions on the night, though I honestly don’t think we did enough to get anything out of the game.We defended poorly and were duely punished.

We need to quickly pick ourselves up for a massive game against Ajax on Saturday as we continue to fight for our place in the top8.

There’s an old saying that goes "there is no room for comments in the results column ", and that applies to our match today.

Not the prettiest match to watch but our intention to frustrate our opponents worked for us. We had three glorious chances in the first half all against the run of play but our finishing left a lot to be desired.

The defining moment came when Sibiya broke through the middle before slotting past Mweene.We defended well after scoring, limiting our opponents to very few clear cut chances.

As expected Highlands Park came and fought as if their lives depended on it. We dominated and controlled proceedings in the first half taking the lead through Mutizwa after some great build up play.

The 2nd half was not very pleasing on the eye as we were bombarded with long balls into our box. Our central defenders as well as our goalkeeper competed for everything under very difficult circumstances.We conceded a late penalty but immediately rallied back to score the winner through a great Mahachi strike

Once again very proud of the fighting spirit displayed by our team

We are very proud of our team after such a good display taking into consideration all the injuries we currently have. We played with purpose and intensity and our pressing game was really impressive.

The players deserve credit for buying into our methodology and executing our game plan so well. We put a lot of time into our set plays so it’s good to see it paying dividends.

Finally I have to mention the fact that we had 4 under 23’s in our starting eleven as well as all 6 infield players on the bench. our youth are starting to show their worth and potential which is great for the club

We could have played all night and not scored,it was one of those games. A dominant 2nd half performance as we created chance after chance without any joy.

Most pleasing for us was the performances of our young brigade. Gumede, Ndwandwe, S.Dube, Sibiya, Molefe, Sibeko and Hlongwane all showing that they are the future of our club.

To play so well away from home and return empty handed is disappointing but there is certainly much to be proud of. We will continue to believe in and give our young players opportunities to play.

After being so depleted by injuries this was a massive win for the club. We were defensively sound throughout the match restricting our opponents to mostly shooting from distance.

The energy and intensity was was clearly evident although we needed a bit more composure in our play. Due to injuries to KG,Cele ,Phiri and Ntanga we were left quite thin but still managed to give a competitive performance.

We were very lucky to go into the break only 1-0 down as we were totally dominated by our opponents in the 1st half but in saying so they did not create too many clear scoring chances.

We were poor when regaining possession giving the ball away too cheaply. We played in the 2nd half like we know we can with more purpose,intensity and confidence. We need to now build on our 2nd half performance.

Very happy for young Ndwandwe who made his debut.

After starting the game so well and creating three to four good scoring chances in the 1st half, all our hard work was undone by some shambolik defending in the 2nd half.

Fikizolo,Msowoya and Mutizwa all came close to scoring in the first half but we went into the break with a nil-all score. We lost the match as a contest inside the first 3mins of the restart as we conceded two quick goals and from there on our backs were to the wall.

The one positive was that we never gave up and fought to the very last minute, individual errors hurt us on the day but I have seen more positives out of this defeat than I have from some of our victories.

A good response was needed after our defeat to Supersport and that’s exactly what we got from our players.

We started brightly and created numerous chances but failed to take any. It was disappointing to go into the break at 0-0. We deservedly took the lead early in the 2nd half through a Cele penalty after Mahachi was brought down but conceded shortly thereafter. Msowoya received an innocuous 2nd yellow and we had to see out most of the 2nd half a man short.

We still managed to create chances and were rewarded when Mutizwa brilliantly headed home a pinpoint Mthiyane cross after good work by Lamola.

The fighting spirit shown by the players to defend our lead
was nothing short of exemplary.

There is an old saying that says,’What matters most in football is what happens in your and your opponents box’,and yesterdays game was a good example of that.

Chiefs had one chance in the first half and scored though we should have defended crosses a lot better on the day. We were the dominant side for most of the 2nd half with Fikizolo,Sibeko,Phiri and Sibiya all coming close to scoring but failing to find the back of the net. We conceded the second the same way we did the first, not marking in the box and allowing a free header on target.

Once again we cannot fault our players for effort and are proud of what they have achieved in the first round. Top 6 in December with potential to get even better means that we should have a better 2nd round,meaning a successful season.

This was a very difficult game as it was open with both teams creating chances. It was a stop-start type of game with lots of fouls by both teams killing the flow of the game.

We found ourselves a goal down at the break but showed our renowned fighting spirit to level matters in the 2nd half.. With both teams receiving red cards the game became very open with both teams creating numerous chances but failing to convert.

We could have won it right at the death when Ntanga hit the crossbar and having another chance cleared off the line. It’s a valuable point gained in the context of the league.

It was a bit dissapointing to go into the half time break at 0-0 after playing some excellent attacking football. We played with good intensity and tactical discipline in the 1st half.

We knew Wits would come out stronger after the break as they were a lot more direct and kept us pinned back for large periods of the 2nd half, but we dealt very well with everything they threw at us.

In the end it was a good point against a very strong Wits team.

A very disappointing result when you look at the match holistically. Our goalkeeper was on holiday until we conceded from a very dubious penalty decision late in the game.

We were well organized and neutralized any attacking threat posed by our opponents but we let ourselves down as we had no rhythm and fluidity in our attacking play.

We deserved at least a point so it’s back to the training field to prepare for our next match.

We will definitely look back at this game as two points dropped instead of one gained. Some amateurish defending from us twice allowed them to equalize.

Goals from Jooste and Lamola took us into the break at 2-2. We played some enterprising football in the first half with much fluidity and penetration in our play. Poor defending again allowed them to take the lead but credit must be given to our players for never giving up.

Our constant attacking finally paid off when Sibiya drew us level. We kept pushing for a winner but it was not to be.

Credit must also be given to our opposition and their coach for making such a good game of this encounter.

Playing against the African champions with suspensions and injuries galore was always going to be a big ask of us to get a result but nevertheless the players once again gave their all.

Our opponents were just too good for us on the day though we gifted them some very soft goals which is very unlike the way we usually defend but these things happen. We know we did not perform at the level we needed to so we will put this behind us and look forward to the next game against Polokwane at home.

We once again humbly thank everyone who is supporting us.

Coming into this game with the suspended Dikgacoi and Mngwengwe as well as Nonyane being injured and Miheso sick, this was always going to be a difficult trip for us. We had to shuffle the team around and are very happy with the way our players adjusted, taking into consideration all the forced changes made

Not at our best in the 1st half but we really dominated and created numerous chances in the 2nd

On the balance of play I think we deserved the victory as we were solid defensively and threatening in attack.

It’s not very often that I get to say how proud I am of my team after a defeat. Everything that could go wrong did, but still I remain proud of the effort and never say die attitude our players showed.

Two red cards,a dubious penalty for the opposition,a missed penalty by us as well as a goal disallowed and still we could have won it! Even when down to 10 men then 9 we were still creating all the chances.

Once again we are very proud about how we lost as every player gave his all for the club. We will regroup and bounce back like good teams often do.

We were very slow out of the blocks as our opponents bossed the opening 15mins. We then grew into the game and started creating chances and took the lead through a well taken Dikgacoi goal.

The goal gave us some momentum as we started to create chances with Ntanga being our main source of creativity. We then doubled our lead through Bilankulu only to concede to a very good Rusike strike on the stroke of half time. We should have dominated the game when our opponents had a man sent off midway through the 2nd half, but allowed them back into the game.

We conceded our lead when Lentjies equalized after a mishit shot fell fortuitously to him and he duelly tucked it away.. We are disappointed not to have bagged all 3 points but will take the point and continue to push hard and try and win our next match.

Its never easy playing against an under performing Pirates knowing full well that they could find their form at any moment,and so they did.

Not having Nonyane and Lamola available did upset our rhythm slightly but we still managed to put in a credible display. Credit must go to our opponents who played very well on the day. We are proud of our players who went toe to toe with Pirates.

We were well in the game right till the end and were caught on the counter a few times which was expected as we were chasing for an equalizer. There are many positives to take from this performance as we now prepare for Maritzburg United.

We would also like to thank our supporters who turned up at Orlando stadium. Thank you for your loyal support.

This was always going to be a mammoth challenge in terms of our organization as a team.

Chippa is a team obsessed with possession and very good at it so we had to be very disciplined. We also knew that the way they played would also present us with opportunities to score and that’s exactly how things unfolded.

we are proud of the effort and good defensive organisation but disappointed that we did not score more than the solitary goal.

our players wore their hearts on their sleeves and that’s all we can ask.

A disappointing result for us as we dominated a strong Supersport team. We started slow out of the blocks as our opponents bossed the opening 20-25 mins. We conceded as early as in the 15th minute but bounced right back 15 mins later when Bilankulu equalized.

We started the 2nd half with more purpose and and really had Supersport under tremendous pressure. Try as we may we could not get the ball over the line. A solid start to the season by our boys who must get all the credit for the work ethic and fighting spirit they have displayed so far.

This result has shown us as a club how resilient and determined our players are. Under difficult conditions and playing in a very hostile environment the players fought tooth and nail to get this result.

We allowed Celtics to have the ball in the middle 3rd forcing them to play with a high line and then tried to exploit the space. We struggled to come out with any consistency giving the ball away far too easily after winning it. Not conceding early was very important as the home crowd became restless and this added extra pressure on our opponents.

After conceding to a cruel deflected shot we then kicked into gear in the 2nd half and started creating problems for Celtics defense.

Goals from an in form Mngwengwe and Jooste put us in the lead and we could have had a few more as we constantly caught them on the break in the final 15mins.

Once again we defended very well. A job well done by our players as its never easy winning two successive away games, especially both being in the Free State.

Comments vs FSStars

We knew very well beforehand how difficult this game would be.Our plan to play on the break worked as we had three great opportunities to score.

Again our final pass let us down at key moments in transition.Our defense again looked solid as our opponents resorted mostly to long range shots.

In the 2nd half Lamola,Phiri, Sibiya and Nonyane again had good opportunities but we failed to convert.

We finally got our breakthrough when a well executed set piece in injury time did the trick as Nonyane conveted From close range.Not pretty by any means but a gutsy away performance.

This was a difficult game under trying conditions but we still managed to put in a good first half performance. Our plan to overload the central midfield area worked well as we dominated the game in the opening stanza.

After missing a few chances we finally got the breakthrough after some great build up play when Nonyane found Ntanga with a hard,low cross at the near post.

In the 2nd half we sat too deep allowing City to keep us under constant pressure but our defensive shape was solid and we managed to keep them at bay. We had to deal with an aerial bombardment in the final 15-20 mins where Mzava and Mngwengwe in particular were outstanding,winning those vital duels.

As expected we knew we would have opportunities to counter and got our second late in the game when Jooste used his pace to good effect and clinically finishing from the edge of the box.

Not the prettiest 2nd half but a hard fought 3 points in the end.

We started the game brightly, defended well with Mbaeva having only one save to make which he tipped over the crossbar. We looked threatening throughout the first half and should have taken at least two of the numerous chances that we had created. Because of this, we went into the break 0-0.

The second half, we competed well but defended poorly resulting in us conceding 3 goals to Ndoro. Sibiya got us back to 1-1, but poor marking in our defensive 3rd gifted Ndoro two more goals to take the game away from us.

We ended our league campaign against Tuks with a 2-1 loss and subsequently lost our top eight place. We played without the right desire and attitude and quickly found ourselves 2-0 down at half time. The second half we played with much more purpose and made a game of it,scoring and coming close to equalizing but our failure to convert chances was our downfall.

It is very disappointing to come so close to qualifying for top 8 but the reality is that we just weren’t good enough and need to work harder and smarter next season to achieve that goal.

We, the coaching staff, and players, would like to thank the supporters for your endless support in the face of both our wins and losses over the past season. We are sorry that we have not given you a Top8 finish, somethng that we know you would have liked for the club, as we would have. We are disappointed we did not reach this goal, but will work harder in the new season to abtain this position.

As we anticipated Cosmos came to fight for the 3 points because of the predicament they find themselves in

The first half was not pretty to watch as the game was very physical without much quality football being played. We managed to score late in the first half through a well taken volley by Bilankulu.

We started the 2nd half with much more purpose, immediately putting Cosmos under pressure We tried to kill the game off but the 2nd goal eluded us. We defended very well as our opponents threw everything at us in the closing stages of the game.

We had to earn these 3 points the hard way,and have now given ourselves a big chance to finish inside the top 8

Under the circumstances of poor conditions we did well to come away from East London with a point. Our players put in another sterling shift against a very good Chippa team.

We were solid defensively and frustrated our opponents who were limited to shooting from distance We were disappointing after winning possession as we immediately turned over possession. We have now picked up 7 points from our last 3 games with two of them being away from home.

We have targeted at least 4 points from our remaining 2 games and hope it’s good enough for a top eight finish.

Going into this game level on points and with both teams fighting for a top eight position made this a six pointer. The first half was a scrappy affair with neither team creating too many clear cut chances.

We took the lead through another Mhango strike after he confidently slotted the ball past Mathole.,we went into the break 1-0 up. We were much more enterprising in the 2nd half and created many more chances. We came close to adding to our tally as Mhango,Mahachi,Shitolo,Fikizolo and S.Dube all came very close to scoring.

In the end a single goal was enough to give us all three points.

This was another fighting performance by the team. next we play a high flying Chippa team in East London on Saturday the 07th of May, at Buffalo City with a 15:00 kick-off and will again give our all to bring back a positive result for all our loyal supporters who have stood by us through thick and thin.

Finally we put in a performance that directly compliments the hard work we have been putting in at training. The opening 20mins was a weird period as we firstly missed a penalty,conceded a penalty then conceded a 2nd through a crazy defensive blunder.

We brought on Mhango after 30mins and he immediately brought us back into the game with two quick goals,taking us into halftime at 2-2.

After changing our system we then dominated our opponent in the 2nd half with Mhango bagging a further 2 goals He could have had a double hat trick as he came close to scoring on a number of other occasions

Mbaeva did well to keep us in the lead with some brilliant saves but we were eventually good value for our victory.

Very pleased with the work ethic of the entire team.

Our next game is on Saturday 30 April, we host Freestate stars. Kick-off is at 15:00, at the Chatsworth Stadium.

As anticipated this match was a very heated affair as both teams were desperate for 3 points,adding to the fact that this was a derby. We were happy with the first half performance as well as the tactical execution of our game plan

We neutralised their wide players and kept their most influential player Lentjies quiet in the first half resulting in us dominating play and creating chances. We had many chances to go 2 or 3 nil up but failed to convert any. We knew they would come at us even after going a man down so we needed to be disciplined and importantly needed to play with more composure.

The lack of composure was evident in the 2nd half as we failed to settle into any type of rhythm. We were punished when leaving the ever dangerous Lentjies free whilst on the attack,something we had discussed pre-match.

We dropped two valuable points but in saying so are once again happy with the fighting spirit and commitment shown by our players. Mbaeva,Sibeko,Hlongwane and Sibiya were our outstanding players on the night.

It’s not very often that we can say well done to our boys after loosing a match by 4 goals to 1, but that’s exactly what we said to the boys after the game.

We went into this game without Bilankulu, Cele, Mngwengwe, Arwuah, Molefe, but still managed to put in a sterling performance, thanks largely to the efforts of some of our younger players. Ngcobo & Hlongwani who did well as did Sibiya & Sibeko, coming off the bench. Our young players have brought a breath of fresh air to the club especially during this trying period where results have not been forthcoming.

We were punished by an in-form Orlando Pirates for making crucial mistakes in critical areas. All four goals conceded were a result of making four individual errors defensively. These are hard lessons for our young players to learn but we are sure that they will.

We dominated the 2nd half before & after Masalesa’s red card. We hit the upright & created several other opportunities & could easily have equalized had we taken our chances.

There are many positives to take away from this game as we prepare for what is ‘our cup final’ against Maritzburg on Wednesday.

Credit must be given to our players for a much improved performance. We had to really fight for a result as Celtics also desperately wanted to win.

The first half was tight until the sending off of Fransman..we then started to dominate our opponents in midfield but never created enough goal scoring chances We went in 0-0 at halftime. We changed our system to take advantage of their sending off and brought on an extra striker.

This seemed to work as we kept them back for long periods. The momentum swung back in Celtics favour after Mngwengwe was red carded for a silly tackle knowing he was on a yellow. Celtics applied pressure on the latter stages of the game but our defense stood firmly as we picked up a valuable point in the Free State. We will now turn our focus on preparing for Orlando Pirates on Saturday.

We started this match with six Diski players in the starting eleven. The likes of Goss,Sibiya,Molefe and Sibeko did not disappoint as they put in a sterling performance.

The opening 20mins looked very promising as we struck the upright and created numerous scoring chances but failed to take the lead. Baroka then grew in confidence and started to impose themselves on us. We gave away a soft penalty and went into the break a goal down.

We again started the 2nd half on the front foot putting our visitors under immense pressure but again failed to find the back of the net. After another senseless red card our visitors took advantage and kept the ball for long periods in the final 10mins.

An improved performance but not the result we anticipated. We need to pick ourselves up for a must win encounter against Celtics on Sunday 10 April, at Molemela stadium, kick-off at 15:00.

Another disappointing performance and result from the team.It’s always difficult to chase a game when conceding as early as the 5th minute.

We lacked confidence in our play in the first half and struggled to create any meaningful chances. We conceded a second when a very dubious penalty was given when it seemed the Supersport attacker was backing into one of our defenders. We had two good chances but Shitolo’s header and Ncgobos shot were off target. 2-0 nil down at halftime, we had it all to do 2nd half.

We started the 2nd half brightly and immediately took the game to Supersport. Fikizolo and Musonda came close but could not beat Williams in goal. Dube’s red card compounded our problems as the game then swung back in favour of Supersport. With our backs to the wall we conceded a 3rd as our opponents took advantage of us being a player short.

We need to seriously improve our attacking play. The one positive to take out of the game was the outstanding performances of our two youngsters Ncgobo and Molefe.

As expected this was a very tense match for both sides. After making a tactical switch and going into a 3-5-2 formation to counter theirs in the first 10 mins,we grew in confidence and started to dominate in midfield.

There were not many goal scoring chances from either side in the first half and we went into the dressing room at 0-0. We started the 2nd half poorly giving possession away too easily in midfield, poor decision making and erratic passing resulted in most of our attacks breaking down in the final 3rd. We could have defended a lot better when conceding the two goals they scored.

Credit must go to Maritzburg for showing the hunger and desire to get the result they so badly needed.

We may be through to the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup, but the manner in which we did leaves a lot to be desired.

In a game where we should have won comfortably, we huffed & puffed and struggled to give the desired performance we were all looking for. We spoke about not being complacent against 3rd tier opposition but the players seemed to not heed our warning.

We constantly gave possession away needlessly, resulting in most of our build-ups breaking down after a very few number of passes put together. Our opposition must be given credit as they tried to use this platform to market themselves both as individuals and as a club. After going 2-0 up, through Chapman & Mahachi, we immediately conceded after loosing possession in midfield.

We are happy to be through to the next round but would rather quickly like to put this game behind us.

On a more positive note, we welcome back Bilankulu, Hotto, Mhango, Ramagalela, Makudubela & Katjiukua from suspension & injuries. We now look forward to the last 16 draw as well as our upcoming fixture against Maritzburg on Friday.

Platinum Stars are a team that I have a lot of respect for. They have a very experienced, highly talented group of players as well as a very good coach in Cavin Johnson. We knew full well that this was going to be a very difficult game and it was.

We worked very hard throughout the week on maintaining a good balance between defense & attack & feel that we achieved that. We were defensively very organised & constantly threatening in attack. Again we failed to capitalise on the chances we created & were not clinical enough in front of goal. I was very pleased with the attitude & the impact our subs made.

Thabo Molefe was one of our outstanding players on the day & played like a seasoned professional, executing his role very efficiently. The confidence in the team is growing all the time & we are happy as a technical team to also see an improved attitude from the players.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate coach Vilakazi & our Diski team for a job well done on winning the Diski league title. Well done to all involved.

This is one match where credit must definitely go to our players who executed our game plan with great professionalism.

Each role was carried out effectively and we therefore gave a very disciplined team performance. We did very well to deny Sundowns attacking trio “CBD” any space behind our defensive line. We also closed down the channels very well where they are dangerous with their diagonal balls.

Our defensive organization looked solid throughout with great support from our midfielders who played their part in the team maintaining its defensive shape. Once again, we let ourselves down as we were not clinical enough when opportunities presented themselves to us on the counter and break attacks.

We had more chances created and more penalty area entries in the 90 minutes than our opponents. If we continue to perform in this manner, we can strongly push for a top 8 finish. In order for us to achieve this, we need to start winning our home games, starting with a very strong Platinum Stars team.

The confidence in the camp is high as we have picked up 4 out of 6 points in our last two matches which have both been away from home. Special mention must be made to Mbaeva, Bilankulu, Katjiukua, Cele and Shitolo who have been playing with a high level of consistency.

I would also like to thank our management, technical team and entire backroom staff for their continuous support.

Polokwane has always been a difficult place to go and get a result. We are therefore very pleased to have managed to get all three points. This was a solid team performance and credit must go to the players for a job well done. There was lots of pressure during the game as we had gone four matches without picking up a result of any kind. Added to that pressure, was the fact that we had not scored in our previous four games, so it was pleasing to have scored two goals.

The first half was a very tight affair and to make matters worse we conceded very early and had to chase the game from the 7th minute. The players kept their composure and continued to make in-roads into the oppositions defensive 3rd. We scored our equalizer through Shitolo after some good build-up play and a great cross from the right hand side by S Dube.

After making some tactical adjustments to our defense, we looked a lot more organised defensively in the second half. Once again, we created numerous goal scoring chances but never the less continued to have hope that the winner would come. Ultimately we got our reward when Ramagalela came off the bench to score with his very first touch of the ball.
Bilankulu played him in with a great ball from defense, and Rama G showed great composure when facing the keeper on-on-one. A job well done by everybody.

I would like to take this opportunity to also congratulate Coach Vilakazi for their victory which has taken them to the top of the Diski log. We also wish them luck for the final game against Free State Stars.

This latest setback has been difficult to accept because the team really put in a big effort to try and win the match. We had 3 good opportunities to take the lead in the 1st half but once again failed to take our chances.

Our opponents had one chance in the 1st half from a direct free kick & converted after our defense looked quite solid in the 1st 45mins. Our frustrations grew in the 2nd half as we once again created chances without converting. We again defended very well, limiting our opponents to very few chances.

A special mention must be given to Julio Giurichic for having a solid game at left back on his debut for the club. Injuries continue to plague us as we were forced to make a half time substitution after Chris Kadjiukua suffered from a concussion.

Creating more chances than our opponents in our last 3 matches & still ending up on the losing side has been a bitter pill to swallow but we will continue to work very hard to turn this situation around.

The fighting spirit of the players through this difficult period must be applauded as they continue to fight for the club.

As expected this was another difficult trip to Cape Town.We competed very well in the first half looking solid defensively,when against the run of play Ajax scored from a corner kick after we failed to clear a corner.

We had two very good chances but failed to take them and went into the break a goal down.

Second half had a familiar feel as we again created more chances than our opponents but failed to convert any.

We had another two glorious opportunities in the 2nd half to get back into the match but failed to convert. Our two new signings Bilankulu and Makudubela acquitted themselves very well and will definitely add value to our squad.

We will continue to work hard on our finishing as this has been our Achilles heel in recent weeks.

Playing 3 games in one week took its toll on the players as we were totally flat in the 2nd half of the match. In the 1st half we applied early pressure on our opponents as we tried to score an early goal, but the quality of our final ball & finishing let us down.

We dealt very well with the threat of the imposing Bance, as Katjiukua & Zitha marshaled him very well. Our wing play was not very effective as we failed to break out & use the width after defending compactly. We went into the half time break at 0-0.

At the start of the 2nd half, we again tried to put pressure on the Chippa defense but consistently lost possession in the opponents half. The fear of our players fading in the 2nd half, after playing 3 games in a week, became a reality as we struggled to break out of our half with any purpose and intensity.

We disappointedly conceded 2 very soft goals as both goals were scored as a result of us giving the ball straight to our opponents in dangerous areas. We pushed as many bodies forward as possible to try pull a goal back but to no avail.

We have a big game against Maritzburg in a weeks time & after a few days of much needed rest the boys should once again have a spring in their step.

As expected this was a very difficult game against a very desperate Ajax team.From kick off they went route one up to Paulse and this seemed to rattle us defensively.It also unsettled us in terms of us playing our normal passing game.against the run of play we took the lead in the 18th minute through a Fikizolo penalty.We immediately conceded which was very disappointing as we often spoke about these critical moments in a match.we made a tactical switch midway through 1st half and got Katjiukua to pick up Paulse and after this change we dealt with the long balls a lot better.

We came out 2nd Half with much more purpose playing our normal passing game with much more efficiency and had Ajax under pressure in the 2nd half.

We had a few good chances to win the game but did not take any..Gumede kept us in the game with two great saves.Once again we cannot fault the boys for effort.

We gave it our all but dropped two valuable points.The hard work continues as we try to mound this young exciting squad into a competitive,formidable team.

We expected a very tough match from a usually stubborn opponent.We edged the match in the 1st half creating more scoring chances than our opponents.Our speed in attack was a constant threat..We took the lead in the 40th minute through a superb long range effort from Hotto..we went into the half time break a goal up.

In the 2nd half it was total dominance on our part as we really put Stars under immense pressure resulting in us taking a 2-0 lead through Shitolo..Stars were awarded a dubious penalty but we kept the pressure on and got our 3rd through Mahachi.

Credit must go to the players for professionally executing our game plan.

Under the circumstances, this was a very valuable 3 points. Taking into consideration, we had Mbaeva & Shitolo suspended, injuries to Ramagalela, Mokheti, Mngwengwe & Siyabonga Dube, we had to reshuffle the team & this was a major challenge which I thought we dealt with very well. </p.

We played very well in the 1st half, creating numerous chances. We eventually scored through Musonda in the 25th minute and had chances to score a few more thereafter.

I was very happy with the defensive shape, taking into consideration how we had to reorganize our defence. I earlier emphasized to the players, the importance of keeping clean sheets and I am very happy that we managed to do so.

We struggled for composure in the 2nd half, as we often needlessly gave possession away, where we could have kept the ball a lot better. I think that the potential to improve is definitely there.

Lastly, I would like to mention that I am very happy with the attitude of the players, since taking over. I would like to thank my technical team, players & management for making my transition to Lamontville Golden Arrows such a smooth one.

This is the one match that I want to forget about. We have thus far lost 3 league games and the performance of the team in this match was not what it should have been. We had a bad first half. The same thing that happened to us against Orlando Pirates.

We defended badly. There was no cohesion between our defensive blocks. When we regained ball possession we lost the ball even when we were not under pressure. The tracking in the final third was was not appropriate. Communication between our defence and midfielders was poor. Conceding an early dubious penalty in the 6th minute did not help the situation. Offensively we looked disjointed. Credit must also be given to Chiefs for the manner in which they pressed us. They worked on making sure that they denied us the space.

The second half was much better because we were better organised and the level of communication improved. Tracking of players in the final third was much better and again a red card in the 47th minute disorganised our plans.

We improved our passing and we did not loose as many balls as the first half. A great goal by Siyabonga Dube seemed to add life to our players and Kaizer Chiefs were very anxious.

We now have a much needed break which will help us sort out the few challenges in the team. This is just a minor setback that will be overcome

We have gone through this phase of back to back games. I was really worried about this period which was mostly away matches.
Supersport away
Orlando Pirates away
Kaizer Chiefs away

It is proper of me to applaud the boys for collecting six valuable points out of 9 on the road.

In my opinion the referee of the day failed to protect us and gave too many bad decisions against us. I was appalled by the fact that he refused to shake my hand after the game. Where is the spirit of Fair Play which FIFA is promoting by shaking of hands before and after the game.

Let us soldier on. Together let us pave our way with our ARROWS

The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory and a victory without danger is like a triumph without glory. Victory is sweet when you have known defeat. Our loss against Supersport made us stronger. There were times when I thought our players will give up. As they say: loosing, in a curious way, is winning. We got a lot of positives as well as the negatives and we had two days to correct that after the Supersport match.

Mentally our boys were much stronger in that we saw a lot of resilience, commitment, composure and responsiveness to physical demands of the game.

Tactically Pirates were superior to us but their execution on the day was very poor. They created a lot of chances which they could not convert and this has given us a lot of homework as coaches of Golden Arrows. Defensive organisation, team structure and shape are some of the areas that we must deal with as corrective measures.

This was definitely a game where we got the three points and Pirates played all the football. Sometimes the beauty of football does not yield 3 points. There are 3 scenarios in football: play well and win, play bad/ugly and win and lastly play well and loose. The latter is unfortunately not for business football.

The first goal by Mahachi in 52nd seemed to deflate the confidence of Orlando Pirate and brought a lot of confidence to our boys. Pirates became more desperate after the goal and I knew that there was a possibility of getting the second goal as all of their players were in the offensive mood.

It was not a surprise when Shitolo doubled our lead in the 83rdminute from the pass by Musonda.
We have now collected 7 points on the road and 7 at home. We are well on track to achieving our objectives of collecting 15 points in the first 10 games of the season. The team is getting better with every game we play. Confidence is at its highest after this game.

The postponement of our game against Ajax Cape Town gives us a needed break after playing 4 games in 12 days. Fatigue was setting in and our speed of play was affected in the last two games. The team will be much better against Kaizer Chiefs.

To our supporters, we thank you for giving us that extra push.
It is hard to forget someone who gave so much to remember. Looking back in the memories will help you comfort your tomorrow. May the Lolo family and Ajax Cape Town find it in their hearts to accept.

When you win, you don’t examine it so much, except to congratulate yourself and the team. You easily and wrongly assume that it has something to do with your plan. The plan, more than anything can only work if people who must make it work are up to the challenge. From the four fundamental factors of factors of performance: tactics, technique, physical and mental the latter is always the least considered by the coaches. I believe at this level of football (PSL) it is the most important.

Mentally our players played the second game against Supersport thinking it will be a walk in the park. We could not get into the rhythm of our game. Supersport effectively used pressing to counter our style of play and as such we played in patches here and there.

Our defense was reinforced to deal with the long balls that Supersport was launching in the previous game, and they outsmarted us by bringing Thuso Phala in the central area to effect numerical superiority in midfield. We could have forced them not to build from the back especially the right back.

As Golden Arrows we have seen all the shortcomings in this match, and we will take them as lessons for the next game. Our medical team is doing its best to deal with the few knocks we sustained against Supersport.
Congratulations to Chris Katjiukua on scoring a goal on his first game of the current season.

The next game against Orlando Pirates will not be an easy one. They have not done well so far in the league and they will come full force to try and get the maximum points. We will be more than ready for this game.
To our supporters we say that, we are equally disappointed with the results against Supersport. We have an opportunity to make it up to you in our game against Pirates.

Big up to our MDC team – keep up the good work boys.

The game against Supersport united was one that- both the players and myself were looked forward to. Looking forward to this particular game because of my involvement with them in the previous season. Knowing the players and how their head coach thinks gave us an edge. The plan was to attack Supersport from the first minute and try not to give them space to play when they had possession. It came as no surprise when our captain converted a well delivered pass from Mabhudi Khenyeza to give us a lead in the 17th minute.

The early goal boosted our confidence going forward and what impressed me the most was the hunger the guys have for more goals. With the many chances we created in the first half, one must give credit to the defence and goalkeeper of Supersport united for keeping them in the game. Two minutes before half time Mabhudi provided another killer pass to Mahachi – who slotted in a perfect goal to give us a two goal lead going into the break.

The second half was a little disappointing as the guys went into defensive mode. This gave Supersport the upper hand as we concentrated more on the defensive work than offensive work. As Supersport United was increasingly adding pressure – our defence showed a lot of resilience and character. Miscommunication between our defenders and midfielders allowed Supersport to score their solitary goal. Mbaeva made a few good saves on the day. Defenders made good clearances under pressure. It was an ugly 2nd half but we are happy with our first maximum points away from home.

An overall great performance from the lads and now we look forward to the TKO game against Supersport taking place this Saturday. Having played this game, we expect them to make a couple of changes to try and get a result, but we will do the same.

We are expecting an even tougher game as they are the defending champions of the Telkom Cup

Looking forward to a great display of football.

Another big test for us against Bloemfontein Celtics, one of the three teams vying for Q1. Our boys showed lots of character in this match. Gradually, but surely the team is taking shape for the better.

Finishing is still our biggest concern. The execution of the Final pass in the final third is also not as good as it should be.

We have improved our shots on target – hence the goalkeeper of Celtics was the busier of the two. The speed of play has also improved.

We could have finished this game in the first half but the brilliant goalkeeping of Celtics goal minder denied us the chance to break the stalemate. Our boys took the game to Celtics who defended deep with good compactness which made it difficult for us to find penetration. Because of the unbalanced manner in which we played, we could not provide enough width on our left side. This could have increased our chances to create more scoring opportunities

I am pleased with the performance of the team but concerned with the results.

We hope to turn tables against Supersport in a midweek league game.

Many thanks to our supporters who came in numbers to support their team.

As predicted, the Telkom knockout against the current MTN 8 champions was going to be difficult. Their current form made them favourites for this match. As under dogs, meticulous planning and high levels of motivation were needed to defy the odds.

We knew that their strength was confidence, hard running and determination. The plan was to be efficient in our transition play – and it was effective. They had territorial advantage in the early stages of the game and were frustrated by our defensive organisation and the quick counter attacks. When our boys settled down, it was anybody’s game.

We created goal scoring opportunities – but their goalkeeper stood between us and the first goal. Had he not received the red card, he could have easily been the man of the match.

A commendable performance from our boys has taken us to the quarter finals of the Telkom Knockout competition – a feat not anticipated by many football pundits.

Our supporters are increasing in numbers each week and we applaud them for their support.

We look forward to our quarter final game against Supersport United on the 24th of October 2015.

This is the one game we deserved to win, but the basic individual defending errors caused us dearly.From the first whistle we were in full control, and it was not a surprise when we scored our first and only goal on the 14th minute. Black Aces could not cope with our high tempo game.

After the goal our boys seemed to ease pressure on Aces and we brought them back in the game. They started dominating the midfield until they scored the equalizer on the 34th minute.

When Aces scored their 2nd goal, which was another gift – again we started dominating the game. At this stage our players were desperate to get the equalizer and started pumping balls forward. Yes, we created chances from these long balls, but a little patience of playing our own type of football could have paid dividends for us.

Like in the previous games -unbelievable fighting spirit from our boys was evident and lady luck eluded us. The team defensively could have dealt better with the offensive phase of Black Aces. The lack of aggression created a lot of space for our opponents and this caused problems for us.

Though we lost the game a lot of lessons have been learned from this match – we continue to work towards eliminating mistakes.

Our next game in the Telkom Cup against Ajax Cape Town will be challenging.

The game was a real test for our boys in the elite league. We showed a lot of character-Determination, hard-work and attitude were the positive attributes that our players had on the day.

Our defensive plan was to ensure that we make the playing space for our opponents as small as possible. An efficient mixed marking (zonal and man-marking) was properly executed. Yes, the were moments when there was a lapse in concentration from our players and we were nearly punished. We still need to work on tracking down players properly in the final third – a real concern for us defensively.

The team defended the standard situations very well. There was never any glaring threat from our opponents from the set plays. We were well organised.

Our quick transitions from defence to attack were very effective. Each time we countered – Sundowns appeared vulnerable – however the final pass was still letting us down.

The introduction of Chapman and Musonda in the 2nd half was very effective.

This is not the time to bask in the glory of beating Sundowns. We must knuckle down to serious bussines of preparing the team even better for our coming games.

Our next match will be against Black Aces and will be a big test for us. We need to be mentally and physically ready for this challenge

We thank our supporters for coming in their numbers to cheer our players towards victory. You are really the 12th player.

We hope to see you on the 23rd of September when we host Black Aces at King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi

After 3 games we have tasted a win, draw and a loss. A very improved performance against Platinum Stars. Two individual defensive errors in the first half cost us the 3 points. The first goal was conceded through – not doing a basic defending of a wall pass. Instead of our player closing the man that passes the ball he followed the ball. The second goal was caused by our defender not attacking a ball from the cross, thus allowing the striker to have a free header.

The second goal was really heartbreaking because we spend a lot of time dealing with this situation and our players did not do justice defending the specific cross.

Against Jomo Cosmos we had 12 shots on target and against Platinum Stars we had more than four goal scoring opportunities and we could not convert them. We had enough entrances in the final third to have drawn or even won the game but we were blunt in front of the goals.

Edgar Manaka gave a good account of himself in his first game. He was able to make the team play. He made the team look good when we attacked.

Having scored one goal in 3 games tells us that we need to work much more on our finishing. We would like to see a lot of improvement on our finishing against Sundowns. We need much more aggression going forward. Fortunately, we have enough time to work on this because our next game will be on the 12th of September.

Defensively, I feel as a team we have been doing well. We have conceded two goals, which are individual mistakes and not group or team mistakes. We will reinforce our organisation defensively.

We need to be sharper in front of the goals
We need to lessen playing space for our opponents
We need more composure in the final third

These are the things that we need to have improved by the time we play Sundowns

Our Diski team will be playing their first game against Sundowns in Tembisa this weekend. I have faith in them. Wish them LUCK

After 3 games we have tasted a win, draw and a loss. A very improved performance against Platinum Stars. Two individual defensive errors in the first half cost us the 3 points. The first goal was conceded through – not doing a basic defending of a wall pass. Instead of our player closing the man that passes the ball he followed the ball. The second goal was caused by our defender not attacking a ball from the cross, thus allowing the striker to have a free header.

The second goal was really heartbreaking because we spend a lot of time dealing with this situation and our players did not do justice defending the specific cross.

Against Jomo Cosmos we had 12 shots on target and against Platinum Stars we had more than four goal scoring opportunities and we could not convert them. We had enough entrances in the final third to have drawn or even won the game but we were blunt in front of the goals.

Edgar Manaka gave a good account of himself in his first game. He was able to make the team play. He made the team look good when we attacked.

Having scored one goal in 3 games tells us that we need to work much more on our finishing. We would like to see a lot of improvement on our finishing against Sundowns. We need much more aggression going forward. Fortunately, we have enough time to work on this because our next game will be on the 12th of September.

Defensively, I feel as a team we have been doing well. We have conceded two goals, which are individual mistakes and not group or team mistakes. We will reinforce our organisation defensively.

We need to be sharper in front of the goals
We need to lessen playing space for our opponents
We need more composure in the final third

These are the things that we need to have improved by the time we play Sundowns

Our Diski team will be playing their first game against Sundowns in Tembisa this weekend. I have faith in them. Wish them LUCK

We have now played our second game of the season in the Elite League and we have collected four valuable points. We, at Golden Arrows play every game with the intention of winning and yesterday was not different. The tactics of playing for a draw robbed our spectators who pay to come and watch football. This is the game that was expected to be a thriller with two teams that have just been promoted to the premier league, unfortunately that was not the case.

We could have done much better in this game – but we will accept the one point away from home. In the game against Cosmos we had two changes from the previous game we played with Tukkies. Ryan Chapman and Thembela Sikhakhane were making their first appearances in the starting line up and JB Ncobeni was introduced in the second half of the game. Chapman and Sikhakhane made a big impact in the team. We were more solid in defence and midfield defensively and we were not as aggressive as we needed to be during the offensive phase.

Our defence has now played a commendable 180 minutes without conceding a goal. There seems to be a lot of understanding in our defensive phase of the game. There were scary moments but the defence was able to deal with that. Our goalkeeper was not really tested to the limit – except for the two good saves he made in each half of the match.

We still have to work harder with our offensive phase of the game. The build up from the back is effective and entries in the final third are also efficient. We seem to be too much in a hurry in the final third,We lack patience and urgency. Improved mobility and accurate passing seems to be our biggest challenge.

The Technical team is working tirelessly to correct these short comings.

Looking forward to our next game against Platinum Stars

We again thank our supporters for coming in their numbers to support their team.08

A positive result at the beginning of any competition is key. It gives the players confidence. As a team that has just been promoted to the elite league we needed this win badly. This win will enable the players to have self belief – which in turn will boost the confidence of the team.

A lot of positives can be drawn from our game against Tukkies. Defensively our team was well organised Mental strength of our players was fully tested after getting a red card in the 20th minute Physical condition of our players was tested and they passed The transition from defence to attack was very effective A lot of fighting spirit from our players Most of all – a great bench

There is still a lot of room for improvement and as the season progresses we can only hope to get even better. We did not play the greatest of football on the day but the signs of good football were there. Tukkies on the other hand had their own plans – long balls behind the defenders and to the strikers. We were able to play from the second phased ball. Our resolute defending frustrated Tukkies a lot and they ended up been desperate.

We will continue to work harder to collect as many points as possible in the first round.

I must congratulate our Supporters for coming in their numbers to support their team -they are a key component to our growth and development.

This win was a fitting women’s day gift to our chair lady and our hard working manager

Going into the final game of the season as 2015 NFD Champions is always pleasing and gives great satisfaction knowing we achieved our goal with a game to spare.

But this could also have been a very tricky fixture as we had nothing to prove or play for except our pride and maybe upholding our record of only losing 2 games the whole season.

For a change we managed to score first through Sibusiso Sibeko with ,what most people would say, is his weaker foot. Individual brilliance and taking responsibility in the 18 yard area by having a shot at goal.

We might not have dominated the game but we played like true champions by moving and shifting the ball across the park. Our solid defense has been key throughout this season and once again proved to be the difference in the result even though we did concede.

Our substitutions in the majority of our game has proved to be the difference between losing and winning games this season. Once again Prince Nxumalo came off the bench and had an immediate impact with his movement and speed. From a Deon Hotto corner Prince managed to pull away to the far post and create some space for himself and slotted the ball home from close range to give us the lead and the win.

Ending off our season in style was always priority and the way we did it can only be a compliment to the players for the effort and commitment they have shown every game.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mato Madlala for giving me the opportunity to lead this team the past season and get the team back to the PSL. My coaching staff as well as all the people that are never visible but make a massive difference when it comes to making things easier for the players.

An outstanding season capped by the enormous support we have had from all our fans throughout the season, home and away.

We truly thank and appreciate everyone that believed in us and trust the support will continue for years to come.

Thank you and God Bless!!!

I’m writing this report with tears of joy in my eyes as we achieved our goal of automatic promotion by getting the point we needed to get back to the PSL, With 2 games remaining.

Playing our penultimate game at home was the perfect opportunity to wrap up the league in front of our home fans. We started the game very tentative and nervous by giving possession away unnecessary in critical areas. It seems to be the story of our season by going a goal behind and having to come back to either draw or win games.

The resilience and fighting spirit we’ve shown throughout the season is what this team was built on. Along with the self believe, trust and confidence in each other we showed against all odds,what can be achieved once you know where you going.

Our 2nd half was once again a different affair as we piled on the pressure on All Stars and the deserved equaliser through Prince Nxumalo.

We can now celebrate as Champions of the 2015 NFD with 1 game to go and that in itself gives me great satisfaction as the head coach of this club.

I would like to thank my technical team and support staff for their hard work throughout the season in order for us to get back to the elite league of top flight football.

Also a big thank you to all our loyal supporters that came to our matches and motivating our players through difficult time.

A consecutive KZN derby in 5 days posed a major hurdle in our quest to secure that automatic promotion.

Thanda was always going to be a tough opponent as they needed to bounce back from their defeat against Warriors and ensure they continue their push for a play off place.

Underestimating opposition had never been part of our vocabulary but once again our slow start to the game allowed Thanda to dominate possession in the first half and take the lead through a corner.

Another well taken free kick to equalise from Mabhuti Khenyeza brought us back into the game but a lapse of concentration gifted them the 2nd goal through a inswinging corner and miscalculation from our goalkeeper.

Our fighting spirit and the will to win has been the foundation of this team and we again showed that we possessed that believe to come back every time we faced with difficult situations. Our 2nd goal through Nkanyiso Cele came at the right time as it changed my team talk at halftime.

The next goal in a game like this is always important and we fortunately applied enough pressure to get the lead and 3rd goal through Zukile Mkhize.

The last 15 minutes was a tense affair as Thanda really pushed us all the way and we defended for our lives and the victory we desperately needed.

This victory showed we have been working towards our goal with the discipline needed and that we do not need favors from anyone but continue to work as a team.

We will see all our supporters at Chatsworth on Sunday for our last home vs Cape Town All Stars.

Playing a derby game can be a tricky affair as you never know what type of game it might bring.

This game today was a totally different scenario as I’ve never seen rivals go at each other with everything and probably produced one of the most entertaining games for us as a club and fans were concerned in the NFD this season.

We started the game at the tempo that we demanded from our players and applied a lot of pressure on our opponents by forcing them into mistakes and creating some chances ourselves. Going a goal behind always seems to bring the best out of my players and we bounced back through another goal from Mabhudi Khenyeza.

The concentration level normally drops after scoring and that’s how we conceded the 2nd shortly after our equaliser. After sorting out some minor problems in our play, we came out with more determination and desire to win the game.

The next goal was always going to be important as far as the result was concerned and fortunately for us it came through a Fikizolo penalty. Once we took the lead there was no chance of Eagles coming back as the fitness superiority was evident and we proved that by getting the 4th goal through Hotto after some great counter attacking football.

Yes we’ve managed to get the bragging rights in the KZN derby today but we still have 3 games to play and another KZN vs Thanda on Wednesday.

The champagne will be on ice until we know we have secured that automatic promotion and achieved our goal set out at the beginning of the season. Thanks to all our supporters that came out in numbers to Chatsworth today.

5 games were standing between us and our goal of automatic promotion back to the PSL.

We started a very tough week yesterday against Maluti FET College where we will be playing 3 games in 8 days.

We knew that they would be coming at us with everything but the kitchen sink as they had nothing to lose,as the team looking likely to be relegated.

Once again we started the game a bit tentative and conceded against the run of play with some poor defending. Set plays was going to be a big part of our game as we started with probably our tallest team thus far.

Getting the equalizer through Katjiukua made things more interesting and we managed to find our rhythm. With a lapse of concentration we allowed them to score their 2nd and we went into half time 2-1 down.

It always seems that the half time team talk brings out the best out of players as we started the remaining 45 minutes with more urgency and tempo. Grabbing the 2nd goal through a Fikizolo’s penalty and then the 3rd through a Hendricks free kick made life a bit easier for the last part of the game.

Our 4th goal came through some neat inter play between Masaole and Khenyeza, where he managed to get his shot off Playing with 10 men for the last 15 minutes allowed us to create a few more chances and Nxumalo obliged by putting our 5th goal in from a low cross from Cele.

Emphatic win that got us back on track as far as getting victories are concerned but more importantly keeping the gap between ourselves and Cosmos.

Now onto Vasco on Wednesday at Princess Magogo where we hope to secure another win and keep the momentum and our goal of automatic promotion alive.

Keep on supporting the team until we achieve our goal.

Playing in the quarter final of the Nedbank Cup vs Supersport was a welcomed distraction from the league as our players have felt the pressure of being at the top of the log the last 10 days.

We went into the game with no expectations and enjoy the occasion as no one gave us a chance of winning this game.

We started the game with more energy and desire than our opponents and created a few opportunities early on in the game. Our passing game was better than our previous 2 games and we should have capitalised with the dominance of possession in the first half.

The 2nd half was an opened affair as both team attacked at will but we had the more clear cut chances and brought the best out of the Supersport goalkeeper.

Our fast and speedy counter attacks caused problems for their defense along the movement of our wingers.

We definitely gave a good account of ourselves and showed why we are top of the NFD log. Losing 1-0 was definitely an indication how we have defended the past 9 months and the foundation we have set in place.

Now that the cup run are over, we can solely concentrate on the league and our push for that automatic promotion back to the PSL.

Playing our consecutive away game in 5 days was always going to test our player’s fitness as well as mental strength.

We started the game much better than our our outing against Witbank Spurs. The tempo and urgency looked improved and we managed to put a few passes together to get into the final third.

They did manage to create a few opportunities and had a couple of chances but our defense and goalkeeper Mbaeva stood firm and we went into the halftime goalless.

In The 2nd half once again we increase our intensity and had more clear cut chances to score. Our organisation and tactical discipline will always give us a good foundation to go and attack the opposition.

Even if we played for another 2 days, I don’t think we would have scored. It was just one of those games where their goalkeeper was stopping everything that came his way.

Credit to my players, as once again we didn’t concede nor lose our game and we keep the momentum with us.

Our players can now go into the Nedbank Cup vs Supersport on Saturday more relaxed and enjoy the occasion but still give a good account of ourselves and not destroy what we have built thus far.

Thanks for the continuous support from back home.

Finding ourselves at the top of the log after our win against Ga Rankuwa was exactly what we have been working for.

But now we have to continue with the same work ethic and commitment that we have shown in our previous 7 games.

Witbank Spurs came to Witbank stadium with only 1 thing in mind and that was to defend and go home with a draw.

It was a very frustrating game for our team and as we piled on the pressure and created a number of chances to wrap up the game but nothing would go in.

Not once did Witbank Spurs threaten our goal during the 90 minutes and unfortunately our dominance didn’t get the reward with the win.

We have to bounce back now against Baroka on Wednesday afternoon in another away game at Peter Mokaba stadium

Looking forward to the continous support from fans.

Our consecutive KZN derby in the Nedbank Cup meant bragging rights was up for grabs again, be it against lower league opposition Natal Utd.

Playing lower league teams always tends to pose more problems as we didn’t know much about them but we had to prepare in the right manner to avoid being eliminated.

We didn’t start the game as we planned as far as dictating the tempo of the game and,or keeping possession.

They came with a plan of attacking at all costs as they had nothing to lose even if they ended up the losing side. We allowed them too much space and time on the ball and they grew in confidence with the support of their travelling crowd behind them.

The start of the 2nd half we needed to score early as we planned during half time and we got the lead through another Mabhuti Khenyeza goal.

The last 30 minutes was nerve wrecking as Natal Utd came at us in numbers but once again we stood strong and countered with fast attacking play and could have scored the second goal to wrap up the game.

We are in the quarter finals draw now and look forward to our next opponents with bated breath.

Thanks for all the support that came to Chatsworth today.

Playing teams that are not in direct competition with us for the league title are always more difficult to play as you need to motivate your players much more.

A very hot Pretoria welcomed us and we knew that we needed to apply our normal possession game to reserve energy and be patient to expose Garankuwa’s defense.
Once again the deadlock was broken by Andile Fikizolo with a well taken goal to give the lead into halftime.

The 2nd half was a totally different story as Garankuwa started to put more pressure on our defense and we also allowed them too much space and time on the ball.

Defending has been our strength this season and proved it by staying compact and dealing with all the attacks on our goal.

Max Mbaeva made some great saves to keep us in the game and that gave us more confidence going the other way. We finally scored the second and winning goal through Mabhuti Khenyeza a Well deserved victory for the club and extending not only our winning run but also our lead at the top of the log.

Now onto the Nedbank Cup tie with Natal United next week Sunday at Chatsworth and a well deserved break from the league for 2 weeks.

After drawing our last two games we needed to bounce back with a win against Cosmos, especially being a home game.

A top of the table clash always guarantees entertainment for the supporters but the game ws important to us as a ateam for the victory.

Going up 1-0 through a magnificent header from Prince Nxumalo gave us the deserving lead and platform for the 2nd half.

Cosmos was peppering our goal with long balls and direct play but we dealt with it until a confusing moment where allowed them to equalise.

The last 20 mins was all us as we changed the tempo of the game and a shot from Andile Fikizolo put us ahead again.

Against the run of play with some good counter attacking football saw us break away and Deon Hotto scoring the 3rd and securing our victory.

We will remain humble and our feet on the ground and coming to work as a team as we travel to Garankuwa next week.

Thanks for all the support we had at the game today and glad we could make you proud once again.

Our second game away on the trot was going to be testing after only managing a draw against Warriors in our previous game, as well as Cape based sides being more physical and direct in their playing style.

Again, we struggled with our first half performance, we never seemed to find rhythm or momentum and indifferent performances from some of our players compounded the situation. Half time breaks for coaches are always welcomed, as it provides us an opportunity to rectify any first half mistakes as well as re-organise the team for the remainder of the game.

We started the second half better and managed to put Santos under pressure early on, however not being able to convert our chances was again an issue and this allowed them to stay in the game. We eventually managed to create a chance through an unlikely penalty which Zukile Mkhize converted with great ease.

The last 15 minutes was frantic as the pressure increased, and we had to deal with a lot of long throws and free kicks into our box. With the last action of the game, Santos eaqualised through a long throw which we never dealt with properly and ended up conceding and allowing the draw.

A massive game versus Cosmos is waiting for us on Saturday at Chatsworth and we trust we get the maximum points to regain top spot with the help of our supporters.

After being on a great run of results and form, we knew the African Warriors encounter will be a tricky one for us.

This is a team fighting for survival and you could see their intentions from the very start. Piling on the pressure and creating opportunities to have shots at our goal.

The first half was a one sided affair with Warriors having the majority of the possession. We however could not found our rythm or play our passing game which made it a nervous first 45.

We came out in the second half a different team and started to put some passes together and also creating chances to score.

We once again defended as a team preventing them from scoring and also conceding the victory by clearing a few balls off our goal line.

This will definitely be a point that will help our quest to achieve that final goal of promotion. The fighting spirit shown by my players with a never say die attitude is the reason we are still top of the league table.

Another opportunity vs Santos in Cape Town on Wednesday is awaiting us and this time around we will have to get all 3 points to bounce back and create a bigger gap between ourselves and the rest of the league.

Playing in the Nedbank Cup is always a welcome relief from the League. This time around though it was as tough as a League game because we were playing our neighbours Amazulu in a KZN derby.

We started the game a bit tentative and on the back foot due to some nervous decisions made by my players.

Conceding so early in the game was never part of the plan but once again once we found our rythm and moved the ball around once the confidence in the team grew.

Scoring the equaliser, through Mabhuti Khenyeza’s free kick, just before half time was critical as it changed not only the complex of the game but also my team talk at half time.

The 2nd half we showed more desire and determination than Amazulu and that was the key in us getting the winning goal through some hard work.

We played at a high tempo in the 2nd half and I do not think Amazulu could handled that.

Well deserved win amd now onto our next game in the league which will be away to African Warriors.

Thanks for all the support that came to Princess Magogo to get behind the team.

After having ended the first round on a good run of 2 games, winning both 2-0, we needed to continue that run and keep the momentum with us against a tough Milano outfit.

The conditions in Cape Town were a bit tricky as the wind picked up drastically and made playing difficult. We coped with the elements and made it count with our set plays as Mabhuti Khenyeza got off the mark with a well taken header from a Hendricks free kick.

We dominated the game from there on and showed the desire and commitment needed to outplay good teams with our fast attacking counter attacking football.

Another Hendricks free kick saw Fikizolo head in our 2nd goal to show our dominance.

The 2nd half we played into the wind and that can always set you back but we continued our pressure by creating more chances however we could unfortunately not convert them.

FC Cape Town will be visiting us on Saturday and we must start a good run now and create a bigger gap between ourselves and the rest of the NFD. Looking forward to our supporters coming in numbers to keep driving the team to our final goal of automatic promotion. See you all at Chatsworth on Saturday.

Playing Cape Town teams are never easy but once again we had to do battle with FC Cape Town today after our win vs Milano.

Windy conditions welcomed us at Chatsworth but we didn’t show that it would affect us. Andile Fikizolo got his 2nd goal in as many games with a well taken run and finish. We were put under a lot of pressure by the opponents but endured the onslaught and defended for our lives in order to secure the win to keep us on top of the log.

Prince Nxumalo once again made a difference with his strength, speed and movement to cause problems in their defence. He created the 2nd goal with a deflection from one of their defenders.

Now onto our Nedbank Cup game vs Amazulu next Friday at Princess Magogo. Thanks for the continuous supports from all our fans today at Chatsworth.

Today’s encounter was going to be difficult as both teams won their last 2 games and confidence were high on both sides.

We needed to start the game the same way we did vs Highlands as far as tempo and passing accuracy was concerned.

The 1st half was definitely a rather frustrating one for the coaching staff as we dominated with possession and also with creating the most goal scoring opportunities but could not find the back of the net.

We eventually found the 1st goal through Tebogo Masaole, who continues his good goal scoring form.

We started the 2nd half a bit tentative and Leopards piled on the pressure as they felt they could still come back to win the game.

With good counter attacking play, we created a few more chances to wrap up the game but the 2nd goal came late in the game through Masaole again.

The performance for me today without a doubt justified our position on the log and also the fighting spirit my players have shown over the last 16 games.

It was the best way to start our 2nd round of fixtures and also to end off with a victory to give everyone involved with the club a nice Christmas break.

To all our supporters, once again a big thank you for your support and encouraging motivation towards my players.

Have a great festive season and travel safe on the roads as we hope to see you all back in the new year.

After a much needed win vs Milano in the Nedbank qualifying round it was back to business of league fixtures.

The win in the cup definitely improved our confidence and morale in the squad as we came into this game with our tails up.

Preparation for today’s game went very well and everyone put their hands up to be in the squad for this match.

We started the game at the right tempo by immediately applying pressure on our opponents and going back to our normal passing game.

The 1st goal was very important for us as that would give the players more confidence in our attack and it duly arrived from Omar Hendricks with yet another trademark free kick.

The 2nd half was a more entertaining affair as we continued with great attacking play but could not show anything for it until Nkanyiso Cele pounced onto a cross and headed the ball in.

A welcomed victory for the team in the league after a hard fought performance from the boys.

Black Leopards next week will also be a tough task but our players showed they are willing to fight til the end for the result.
Looking forward to seeing you at Chatsworth again next Saturday and your support.

Nedbank Cup Vs Milano United

We welcomed the relief from our league fixtures in our qualifying round of the Nedbank Cup 2015 vs Milano at Chatsworth.

This was a game that we wanted to use to bounce back from our poor form of late and also to give some fringe players the opportunity to start and impress the coaching team. A good performance from them and the possibility of putting their names in the hat  for our upcoming game vs Highlands Park this coming Saturday.

It was a rather nervous start from some of the debutants and we once again fell behind early through a corner kick.
We had to react quickly and make substitutions to change the game. Introducing Hotto and Kok made the difference as we settled down to our normal passing game and started to create more chances to score. A well taken free kick from Brandon Parusnath gave us the equaliser and put us back into the game.

The 2nd half was an entertaining affair and definitely kept us on the edge of our seats as fans and coaches alike. Both teams threatened with good attacking play but we were fortunate enough to pile on the pressure and force a penalty in our favour. Zukile Mkhize stepped up and duly converted the spot kick to give us the lead and eventually the result.

Now we have 2 home league games left until the Christmas break and we trust today’s result will restore the confidence in our players as well as the team for the remaining 2 weeks.

Hope to see you all at Chatsworth on Saturday for our game vs Highlands Park and your continuous support for the boys.

After our 1st league loss vs Thanda,  we needed to bounce back against Cape Town All Stars who has been in very good form for the past few weeks.

All Stars came at us from the very 1st minute with fast attacking play and quick passing  and we also didn’t help our game by giving possession away far too many times and put ourselves under unnecessary pressure in critical areas.

The 1st goal of the game is always important as it gives the momentum to that team. We unfortunately conceded the 1st two goals of the game and found ourselves 2-0 down within a few minutes through some very unusual mistakes and individual errors in the midfield as well as the back.

The next goal was going to be crucial as it could determine the result of this game or whether we had a chnce of coming back. We managed to pull a goal back through Zwane and quickly found some confidence until half time. Missed opportunities was again our downfall as All stars would come back and punish us for those misses. There was only one team in the 2nd half and they managed to get a further 2 goals and condemn us to our 2nd consecutive loss for the season.

To say we were never in the game would be an understatement as we hardly caused them problems in their defending half. It was without a doubt a very dark day in this club history and my short coaching career by this humiliating result.

Wednesday’s cup game gives us a breather from the league but also a very good chance to bring back the confidence with a victory vs Milano United at Chatsworth. The quicker we put the All Stars game behind us the quicker we can restore the morale and trust in each other and continue our fight for promotion. 

Another minor setback but we are still only 3 points behind the log leaders.

Going into the game vs Thanda, we knew the importance of a victory after back to back draws against Royal Eagles and Vasco.

KZN derbies are always very difficult to call but we have been working on the weaknesses of our opponents and preparation went well leading up to the game. Once again we started tentative and allowed the opponents too much time and space on the ball.

You can allow the opposition to score first so many times and be able to come back into the game with the fighting spirit we have shown the last few games. The red card (2 yellow cards) received by Siyabonga Dube was not ideal as we were trying to bounce back before half time.

The introduction of Deon Hotto again proved to bring a spark into our attack and started to create some chances. A well worked move from Sibeko and good cross put pressure on their defense and goalkeeper, where Deon Hotto capitalised by pouncing to score the equalizer.

We then showed some confidence with good patches of play even though we were still playing with 10 men. A few individual errors caused to be the downfall of our team and also conceding another 2 goals to eventually lose the game 3-1.

It is almost impossible to win a match when about 7 of your players do not turn up for the game with very poor performances and showing no desire to actually get the victory. Football is not all about speed and skill but also showing the desire and will to win from the start.

Next 3 games, until the Christmas break have now become critical for our team. Not just as far as results but also to restore the confidence and morale in the camp.

Bouncbackability will be the word to get my players on the right track again and in the running for promotion again.

Playing in Cape Town is always difficult as you need to adapt to a different playing style as well as weather conditions to endure.

Vasco came into the game with some indifferent form but we never underestimated the potential of a backlash. They started the game at a higher tempo the us and should have been a goal up within the 1st minute if not for the brilliance of our keeper, Max Mbaeva.

Once we found our rhythm and passing game, we quickly settled down and started to put more pressure on our opponents and creating a few opportunities to score. The windy conditions made it a bit tricky, which seemed to benefit them more than us.

Going into the half time break was the best result we  could have asked for, knowing that some of our players were not on top form and had moments of lapses of concentration. Finding solutions to the problems we encountered in the 1st half was priority and then also having more shots at their goal.

Going down 1-0 was never part of our plan, but once again the fighting spirit and character of my players showed why we are still contending for automatic promotion to the PSL.  Set plays have been an integral part of this team in scoring goals, and we again benefited from a free kick taken by Deon Hotto and Zukile Mkhize reacted quickest to a fumble by the Vasco keeper to get us the goal. The last 15 minutes was end to end stuff and missed opportunities by ourselves resulted in a hard fought 1-1 draw at Parow park.

Another KZN derby vs Thanda gives us the chance to keep that top spot and possibly extend the gap. Looking forward to seeing you all at Chatsworth on Sunday and come to support our boys.

Going into our 1st KZN derby vs Royal Eagles was always going to be a tough game.

We started the game really well by applying pressure in the right areas and even created a few clear opportunities to score.

Eagles had the upper hand in stages throughout the 1st half and that was expected as the home team they had to come with a more attacking approach.

Against the run of play we created the goal that we needed going into half time.

Playing against 10 players always seems to be harder than 11 as they had nothing to lose but keep playing their style of football.

Conceding from a set play, which in my opinion never was a free kick, was difficult to accept as we constantly train these things and a lapse of concentration cost us again.

Was a draw a fair result in the end? That is a question we can only answer come the end of the season when we look at the tally of points.

We have 2 more games against Vasco and Thanda in the next 6 days where we can bounce from the Eagles result, and that is the beauty of football.

Still proud of my players and the supporters that came out to Umlazi yesterday to support us.

Thanks and see you at the Thanda game next week.

Another great team performance and emphatic win to keep our momentum going.

Going into this game we knew the importance of the victory as we needed to keep the top spot on the table and possible create a small gap between us and the rest of the chasing pack.

We started in the best possible way by scoring first through Sibeko but once again allowed the opposition a few shots on our goal and back into the game by not killing the game off.

Half time was the best thing that could have happened as we had to regroup and sort out some minor problems that was happening on the field.

We came out stronger in the 2nd half and showed our class by grabbing another 2 goals through Masoale and Vilikazi. Unfortunately we conceded again shortly after scoring through an own goal.

Leading by 1 goal was not the ideal score and were desperate to get another goal in order to have some breathing space. We had some anxious moments in the last 15mins but stood our ground and managed to get the victory through the our 4th goal by Mkhize to wrap up the match.

Scoring 8 goals in our last 2 games was very pleasing as we have struggled to find the back of the net in our previous 8 games.

We now have 2 weeks to prepare ourselves for our 1st KZN derby vs Royal Eagles on 22 November.

Once again thanks for the support today and hope to see you all at our next game.

We had another chance to put the disappointment of the Witbank Spurs result behind us with an improved performance against Baroka.

After starting the game a bit slow and conceding our first goal of the season, we showed our character by coming from behind twice.

The 2nd half we played without a doubt our best football thus far and got another 2 goals to go 4-2 up.

The game was also a great milestone for Teboho Masaole as he got a hat trick of goals.

This squad have shown over the past few weeks our resilience game after game and for me that needs to continue until we get automatic promotion.

We now have to go to Cape Town and get something out of the game, where we will be up against a tough Vasco on Sunday.

Once again thank you to our supporters that came out to boost the boys and keep the confidence on a high.

Finding ourselves at the top of the log after our win against Ga Rankuwa was exactly what we have been working for.

But now we have to continue with the same work ethic and commitment that we have shown in our previous 7 games.

Witbank Spurs came to Chatsworth with only 1 thing in mind and that was to defend and go home with a draw.

It was a very frustrating game for our team and as we piled on the pressure and created a number of chances to wrap up the game but nothing would go in.

Not once did Witbank Spurs threaten our goal during the 90 minutes and unfortunately our dominance didn’t get the just reward with the win.

We have to bounce back now against Baroka on Wednesday afternoon in another home game at Chatsworth.

Looking forward to the continous support from fans.

The international break is never easy for any coach or club as it normally breaks your momentum.

We had 2 weeks to prepare for our game vs Garankuwa United and we’re confident we can continue our fine form.

Home games are priority for our promotion and we started the game in the best possible way. Putting pressure on our opponent with our set plays and delivering crosses into the big box.

A long ball from Siyabonga Dube found Teboho Masaole compete with the defender and getting the keeper off his line was the luck we needed to result in our goal.

There were moments in the game where we had very good passes and patterns of play to create a few more chances. They are a playing team with trying to keep possession but we once again contained their attacks.

The 2nd half was an open affair as both teams attacked and left spaces in defense to be exploited. Our defending has been the rock of our previous games and we again showed our resilience by keeping another clean sheet.

Getting the points on the board and climbing the log is important for the club but we are still concerned about our lack of goals that has been eluding us for the past few games.

Witbank Spurs away next week will be another tough game but we are confident with the right approach and game plan, we can come away with a positive result.

Thanks for the support we got at Chatsworth yesterday and trust it will continue for the rest of the season.

Both teams went into this with a certain amount of confidence after picking up wins in their last game respectively.

It was a very scrappy game where both teams tried to play their normal passing game but the pitch was not making it possible to do so.

We managed to contain them and they quickly went to a long and direct way of play. We struggled to play our normal game and yet managed to get the attacking to create some half chances.

It definitely was a battle of former PSL teams and no one was prepared to lose this game.

For ourselves, it was a continuation of our last few games where we just could not manage to put the ball in goal after creating good chances to convert. Our defence stood rock solid again and gave us a platform to go and attack with freedom.

6 games played now in the NFD and the players have shown they are well capable of fighting for every point and make sure we go unbeaten for as long as possible.

We have a 2 week break now due to international games being played next weekend but for us it is more time to prepare for our next game vs GA-RANKUWA at Chatsworth.

We look forward to seeing all our fans at our next game and their support for the rest of the season.

We went into the Santos game where our priority was still a win as we needed to keep our momentum and continue to build on what we started.

Knowing that we will encounter a good team with a lot of attacking power in Santos, we had to dictate the tempo of the game and also apply the pressure on them from the beginning.

We had very good passages of play with passing the ball around nicely and created a few opportunities in the first half. Containing their wingers from putting crosses into our box was important and dealt with them very well.

Getting the first goal of the game was critical as we needed to benefit from our domination. A free kick from Brandon Parusnath into the Santos box caused some problems as it was headed in by a Santos defender for an own goal.

The game gave our players more confidence and played with a lot more freedom and attacked at will. Missed opportunities was again the order of the day and hopefully we will soon capitalise on the chances we create.

Another 3 points in the bag and keeping our unbeaten run continues with the best positive being that we still have not conceded a goal in the NFD.

A tough away trip to Jomo Cosmos next week will be our next challenge and we will strive to keep pushing in our quest for automatic promotion.

Thanks for the support we got at Chatsworth from our loyal fans and trust it will be the same for the rest of the season.

Finally we got our 1st home win and the points we needed to climb up the table.

African Warriors was always going to pose a threat with their attacking players.

We started the game with a good tempo and fast attacking play. The goal coming from another set play early on in the game and once again we should have capitalised from very good counter attacks that was not converted.

The final 30 minutes was definitely something I would not like to experience again as we were under a lot of pressure and had defend with our lives to secure the 3 points.

The longer the score stayed at 1-0 they always had a chance of coming back. But my players showed resilience and determination to defend as a team.

Well done boys and now on to prepare for Santos next week Saturday at Chatsworth.

Thanks for the continous support from all our fans.

Undefeated in our first 2 games was exactly the start we wanted even though we could not get maximum points in our last game at home vs Milano.

Going up against FC Cape Town, who got 7 points from their last 3 games, was always going to be a tough task as they were full of confidence.

We once again presented ourselves well with creating a few opportunities before half time and definitely could have had the lead through Sibeko who missed a great chance in front of goal.

We knew that this was going to be a physical encounter, as we picked up a few injuries that lead to forced changes at half time with Sithole being substituted and later Omar Hendricks leaving the field to get stitches after a collusion earlier in the game.

Missed opportunities was once the downfall of us not getting all the points in Cape Town but the positives continue to be that we are still unbeaten and yet to concede a goal.

A massive home game vs African Warriors next week where nothing less than 3 points will do as we need to get some points on the board to ensure we don’t fall behind the front runners.

We have set ourselves a great foundation defensively, and now we need to start scoring goals in order to get more wins.

All your support will drive our team to forward amd improve game by game.

Thanks

Our 1st NFD Home League game vs Milano Utd was always going to be a tough one.

We prepared well for this game and we’re expecting a very physical encounter against the Cape side.
The foundation we put in place against Black Leopards was something to build on against Milano but the windy conditions also made it quite difficult to play our normal brand of football.
Milano came with a game plan and 1 point was priority for them. We tried our best creating opportunities to score and once again a lack of composure and calmness cost us all the points.
Having played the 2 toughest opponents in the league as our first two games and not conceding nor losing, we can be very optimistic with the future.
We have to continously work hard at our game and earn the right to every 3 points available when we enter the field of play.
FC Cape Town in 2 weeks will be a game where we can get back on track as far as getting more wins in the bag.
Thanks for the support

As we started our new campaign in the NFD with our 1st game vs Black Leopards in Thohoyandou,  it gave a very clear indication of how tough this season will be.

We had a game plan and our players executed it to perfection with a great team fighting spirit all of us can be proud of.
After starting the game a bit slow we found our rythm and started to pass the ball around nicely.

The goal came from a corner and that already made the technical team very happy as we have not scored from a set play for quite some time.
We had to defend with our lives and the players did exactly that. Throwing their bodies in front of every shot towards our goal.
Our organisation and compactness paid off and now we can look forward to our next league game vs Milano at Chatsworth next Saturday 30 August.

Hoping to see you at the game next week.

After a very difficult season for Lamontville Golden Arrows and 14 years in the PSL, we bowed out after our last 2 games against Amazulu and Orlando Pirates.

We have always been in the forefront of developing young talent and giving those players the opportunity to prove themselves, and we will continue that philosophy going into the NFD.

In our game against Pirates we had a glimpse at the talent we have with the club at present with the introduction of Sibeko and Sibiya and over the months will introduce other players to the squad.

I would like to thank all of Abafana Bes’thendes supporters for you unfaulted support and encouragement in our campaigns in the PSL over the years, and would like to assure you all that Lamontville Golden Arrows is not done. Our job is still to grow local football and give you a team to be proud of.

We would all ask that your continued support carries over into the NFD and your encouragement comes with as we fight for our return to the PSL.

Getting our second away win for the season against Platinum Stars gave us a bit of momentum going into our game against SuperSport United. And created a positive vibe in the camp that carried through to our game.

We knew it was going to be a physical challenge as our opponent play a very direct game, we were not wrong and had definitely prepared for the game we expected.

Defending as a team and then creating chances at the other end was how we intended to score and would be our biggest asset in order to get 3 points.

Again we had the better of the possession and this allowed us to create chances in the 1st half to score but couldn’t convert any of our chances.

However, we were not disappointed going into the break with both teams scoreless.

In the second half, We had to increase our efforts to get that elusive goal and the strategy we had decided on allowed us to do exactly that. Playing with all our attacking players from the start meant we had enough to get that goal and we did through Ntuli in the 64th minute.

After all the pressure we put on SuperSport, we had the reward to show for it. I am only hoping that all the chances we never took will be saved for the remaining two games we have against Amazulu and Orlando Pirates.

We live on to fight another day and continue our quest for survival.

As a team, we needed to take all the positives we had from our previous game against Celtic and build on them for our encounter against Platinum Stars.

We began the game slightly sluggish and were not on top of the opposition and their game until after the half-hour mark.

After Kuboni’s penatly, we started passing the ball with a lot more confidence, however we still managed to concede a goal just before half time from a free kick in our box.

We needed to create our opportunities properly and we did when just before hlaf time, a cross from Zwane caused the keeper to slip, allowing Mbewe to pull another goal and take us into the break with a goals lead.

The way we came back in the second half was going to be key to our result and we needed to apply the right pressure and play to our gameplan discussed in order to make sure we maintaned our lead.

We played positive and constructive football and this set bester up for a cracking long-shot goal that could be a contender for goal of the season.

We were in the zone and our positive play caused Stars to make errors in their game, and once again an error by their keeper allowed Ntuli to take us up 4-1. That sealed the game for us.

Finally all our good play we have had resulted in some goals that we have been long over due.

This could be the result we have been searching for, the one to turn our season and continue our fight.

After gaining a valuable point in Cape Town against  Ajax last week, we knew that ultimately a win against Bloem Celtic would be of utmost importance in our campaign.

We started with all the attacking options we had in order to push for the win we wanted.

Going into half time at goalless we were positive that our game plan was successful , however Celtic scored against the run of play in the early minutes of the second half. This was because we allowed  them to pass their way through our defence and gave them too much space on the ball. We were dealt the ultimate punishment for this, and they went ahead.

Because of this our game planned had to change slightly, and getting the equaliser then became our priority. Moholo ensured we had an exciting finish on our hands when he scored in the 64th minute.

Our cause was then given a lifeline in the 75th minute when Celtic received a red card for a foul on Khuboni .

Applying more pressure during the last 15  minutes was always going to have setbacks and we gave them some counter attacking movements.

With almost the last kick of the game Mbewe could have won it for us but a clearance off the line denied us the victory.

We will have to win all our remaining games in order to survive now. We meet Platinum Stars on the weekend at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in the first of our last 4 games.

Losing the KZN  derby against Maritzburg Utd was not easy to accept but we had to pick ourselves up to take on Ajax in Cape Town.

We went into the game with some confidence primarily out of the positives we took from our game against Maritzburg Utd.

After dominating the first 20 minutes, we were rewarded with a penalty when Deon Hotto was bought down in the penalty area, Khuboni stepped up and with no pressure scored our first goal in 5 games.

We conceded the worst possible goal just before half time and this forced me to change my talk with the team half time completely.

In the second half we fought well and scored what I thought to be the winner 3 mins from full time through Festus Mbewe .This  was a great reward for the players hard work. However,  once again through a lapse in concentration and lack of experience we conceded the equaliser in the last minute.

A point away from home is always a positive even though we should have had all 3 points

Now looking forward to Celtic on Wednesday at King Zwelethini Stadium

Our game against Maritzburg United proved another frustrating day for our team. We were too flat in the first half and once again, one mistake cost us .

In the second half we tried to play more in their half and this game plan created a couple of chances for us to score, but none that ended up in the back of the net.

The energy and intensity of the team throughout game was much better and we put Maritzburg under a lot of pressure.

We possibly should have had a penalty after Bongi Ntuli was fouled inside the box, but when you’re at the bottom all these decisions seem to go against you.

We have a tough game on Wednesday when we face Ajax away but we have to keep believing that all is not over.

Only when mathematically its not possible anymore, we will stop fighting for our survival. So until that day, we will continue fighting

Playing away against the defending PSL champions Kaizer Chiefs was never going to be easy an easy task, but we were confident of snatching a point from the game.

We set out our plan and defended very well for most part of the game. Containing them for as long as possible was what we had planned on doing, however,  a lapse of concentration on a free kick cost us the opening goal.

We managed to get into their box but were always outnumbered and found it difficult to create clear cut chances.

From team managements point of view, there are definitely some positives to take into our game against Maritzburg Utd on Sunday at Harry Gwala Stadium.

I feel this could be the match that we have been looking for as a turning point in our season and our quest for survival.

Thanks for the continuous support from our fans.

After losing to Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup,  we needed to bounce back in the PSL against Bidvest Wits.

We had prepared well and were ready to take them on.  Because of this, we started the game well, and the positive play created a few scoring opportunities, however,  as our season has been,  we could not convert any of them.

Then, with a lapse of concentration in defence,  we conceded a goal before half time against the run of play.

In the second half we came out onto the field again with the fighting spirit and positive attitude as the first half. We managed to contain them for the majority of the game and showed that we do have the capabilities to pull through as a team. I do feel that after the full time whistle that all our possession did not reflect in the score line, but the commitment was still evident from the team.

With three away games coming up, we will have to get our act together and pick up points quickly to close the gap.

We continue our fight against relegation with our next game being against Kaizer Chiefs on Wednesday night at FNB Stadium.

Keep the belief that this struggle is not over yet, and continue supporting the team!

Taking a break from our League games, we entertained Mamelodi Sundowns in the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup at King Zwelithini.

We started the game at a high tempo as we had decided to do before the game.
Getting the first goal through Philane Shange gave us the reward we deserved for our dominance in the first half.

But, once again, we allowed the opposition to come back into the game by not converting our chances and conceding a soft equaliser just before half time.

With the quality Sundowns possess, we allowed them too much time on the ball and did not apply the necessary pressure in our own  half.

In  my opinion, the scoreline at the end of the game does not truly reflect how well we played and how much we put them under pressure for the majority of the game.

However, it was definitely positive to see the players try their best but at the end of the day it was individual mistakes that cost us the game.

We are now looking forward to Wits next weekend at Umlazi in our  PSL encounter.

As disapponting as the result was against Aces, we needed to bounce back against Swallows at Dobsonville.

Travelling away to a team that was also struggling for results was never going to be easy especially seeing as Swallows are so dangerous when playing at home.

Saying that, having dominated the game and creating more than 10 clear scoring opportunities, we came away with nothing to show for our hard work. Where SWallows had one free kick and managed to get that goal. We showed a lot of character and had good spells throughout the game, showing some positive teamwork and play, which is encouraging to see.

With the same fighting spirit and belief we can continue our fight in our PSL campaign.

We have to entertain a very good Sundowns team in the Nedbank Cup this weekend and will be bringing the same positive attitude and mind set with us to the stadium.

This game can potentially turn our season around with a good performance and result. Which is our biggest aim.

See you at King Zwelithini this evening!

Having had a short break after our last game, it was always going to be difficult to start the game at a high tempo.

We gave Aced a lot of space and gave them too much time on the ball. We didn’t put them under enough pressure and only started playing in the second half.

After getting the equaliser, we created a few more opportunities, but again, could not convert them.

We have to realise that football is a 90 minute game and need to start our games off better in the future.

We have made it difficult for ourselves but have to continue working hard as we still have 10 games to play.

We have a tough task ahead with our away game against Swallows, but we need to bounce back as quickly as possible.

Lets continue the battle of climbing up and off the bottom of the log.

After starting the game at a great tempo and putting Tuks under pressure, we managed to score the 1st goal through Bongi Ntuli.

But we then sat back and allowed Tuks back into the game through losing posession in our own half.

The 2nd started well by creating a few chances but once again lacking to convert those chances we paid the price of conceeding again.

Through a few moments of lapse of concentration, and individual errors cost us the game against Tuks.

With 11 games to go, we will have to pull together and continue having the self belief that we can overcome these obstacles and keep working on our weaknesses and strengths.

Looking forward to our next home game against Mpumalanga Black aces in 12 days time.

Another great team effort to ensure our spot in the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup the past weekend.

More than anything the result will bring back the confidence in the squad and continue our great run of results at home.

Now we look forward to our next PSL encounter vs Tuks next weekend.As difficult as it may

be, with the support we have had the past 2 home games, I’m sure we can get another 3 points from that game.

See you all next week at King Zwelithini.

Following a great result against Polokwane City last week, we looked to Free State Stars as another massive game in our quest to climb the table.

It was going to be a tough task playing away to Free State Stars and picking up points. We held them for the first 30 minutes of the half but a dubious foul on Zwane and a lapse in concentration on our part cost us a goal before half time.

The next goal was to determine the result ,and unfortunately they got it. We came back strong in the last 30 minutes but could not convert the chances we created. Bongi Ntuli pulled one back for us which made for an interesting finish to the game.

Taking the result into consideration, we have to continue working hard and picking up points where people least expect it.

Looking forward now to our Nedbank Cup game against Polokwane City at home on Saturday.

We call on all our supporters to please keep the support up for the team during this time.

Following another defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday, we needed to bounce back against an in form Polokwane City.

We always knew it will be a difficult game but as a team we showed a lot of character and determination to get the win we wanted. Our organisation and attacking approach gave us a better chance of exploiting their weaknesses.

Getting our 1st win at home after 6 successive defeats will restore some confidence in the players and help with our goal of climbing the table.

The fans were unbelievable in their support and hopefully they will keep on lifting the players when we need them

In our second game in 3 days against the two Soweto giants we equipped ourselves well at the Orlando Stadium. It was never going to be easy but again our commitment and application was excellent, I felt our quality of play at times was a little lacking but maybe a few tired legs contributed to that.

Again we conceded two silly goals due to our own errors and made life difficult for ourselves in an already very difficult place. Saying that,  we pushed Pirates all the way and had a couple of chances to draw level and their third goal only came as we committed more players forward in the final few minutes looking for the equaliser.

I do believe that,  if we can maintain the standard we showed in our last two games against Chiefs and Pirates then our second half of the season will be a successful campaign.

The Teams performance against Chiefs was a massive improvement upon our last two games and the commitment and quality shown by all the players was there to be seen by everyone. We matched Chiefs in every department and I know we deserved a result out of the game.

In the final third we need to be a bit more clinical and a little more determined to finish off our chances, and if we can create these sort of chances against
Chiefs,  then we can surely do so against any other PSL opposition.

All in all our performance deserved a different result but unfortunately the referee had other ideas and gave Chiefs a life line with a very dodgy penalty decision which turned the game upside down and handed Chiefs a victory they did not deserve.

If we can bring this type of display to the table week in and week out,  then our season will turn around quickly.

A poor first half performance and conceding 3 goals was ultimately what cost us this Durban derby match against Amazulu.

When it comes to a derby game there is always a lot more at stake, and it took us 45 minutes to realise that, however we were already 3 goals down, and the hill we had left ourselves to climb was too big.

The second half was a much better performance all round and we created a number of chances to get ourselves back into the game but unfortunately we could not capitalise on any of them.

As a team we have to know it is all of our responsibility to defend goals and to score goals! It’s not just down to certain individuals but a collective responsibility to win games.

The game against Platinum Stars was a game I know we should have won, our performance was below the standard we have now set for ourselves, it was disappointing as we had put ourselves in a good position to climb the table.

On the day when we were not at our best we came in at half time 1-0 up but with two lapses of concentration at the back we conceded two soft goal which gave us a hill to climb against one of the best teams in the league.

In the last 20 minutes of the game we started to show some of the form of our recent games but we were unable to find the goal we needed, it was too little too late.

In our next game away against Celtic on Wednesday,  we will need to show more character and resilience to make sure we pick up points there to get ourselves back on track

The Derby game against Maritzburg United was always going to be a tense affair but we coped well with the pressure and delivered an excellent performance. Throughout the 90 minutes we created numerous chances with our great passing game and should have scored more than the two goals we did score. When we lost possession we showed we could also defend.

I felt we held our shape well and pressed the opposition aggressively to win back possession as early as possible.
In general we well deserved our victory and 3 points, we now need to build on this and push ourselves up the table.

The game against Supersport United was a difficult away game. They are the team that I am sure will be challenging for the championship at the end of the season.

The first half was evenly fought and I felt we gave as good as we got and deserved to come out at half time 1-1. I was proud of the play and consistency carried across from the Swallows match by the players, and they looked confident on the pitch.

As the second half progressed I felt we tired a little probably due to the hard game we had played 3 days earlier and we started to concede territory and allowed Supersport too much space and time. This allowed them to pass the ball around too easily and we ended up conceding two goals. in saying that we continued to try and play our passing game and created numerous goal chances which, on another day we may have converted.

Non-the less 3 points from the two games of this size was a good return and gives us something to build on. The players performances over the past two matches have been especially encouraging and reassures me there are much better times ahead.

We thoroughly deserved our victory in the game against Moroka Swallows , who are a team challenging for the top and unbeaten in 5 games.

In the first 30 minutes we were excellent in all departments scoring twice and creating numerous other chances.

In the second half we had to show the other side of our game and defend for periods which we did professionally. It was a well deserved victory in which the players showed exactly what they are capable of producing so we now need to try and display some consistency in our form going forward.

Our PSL game against Black Aces was literally a game of two halves. We started very slowly with the possibility of a hangover from the Pirates game.

We didn’t compete as well as we should have done and our passing game could have been much better. We conceded a goal ten minutes before half time which left us with an uphill battle in the second half.

We changed things round at half time and in the second half we showed much more determination and desire to win the game. We practically dominated the second half, passing the ball with much more urgency and quality and created four or five great chances to score. We at least deserved a draw if not a win but you have to take your chances when they come and stop conceding soft goals.

The Telkom Cup game against Orlando Pirates was a game that we could never get a foothold in. Pirates dominated the game from start to last, they showed exactly why they are in the final of the champions league. This was probably the best performance I have seen from a South African team. Their passing,movement and tempo was first class.

After being 3-0 down at half time we at least steadied the ship in the second half and contained them better but the game was probably over by then.

In our last match against the University of Pretoria, we had a very sloppy start and we were punished in that moment. Immediately there after we improved our game and we started coming at them and we still could not convert our chances. Our second half was very impressive, we started pushing them backwards and we got a chance after another but still we just could not convert anything. In the last ten minutes of the match we were caught with a counter attack and that made our situation to be very tough.

Once again I still believe there is still too much room for improvement when you consider that our performances have not been below the desired levels, it’s only a question of our strikers finding the target then all will change for the better.

In our match against Free State stars I believe we were very unlucky considering the number of chances that we created, we put Free state stars under a lot of pressure but we couldn’t convert even one chance from the amount of possession and the number of clear chances that we created.

One must say that it is so unfortunate to have played six matches but none of our strikers had scored a goal. We just have to be patient with them because I’m still very optimistic that these boys are still going to turn the corner because it is not a question of them not performing but more a question of not taking their chances and being punished from such errors.

We’ve had a very bumpy start to the season and it is so disappointing to have only collected 4 points in six matches. Our second batch of matches started with a lot of promise when we managed a victory away in Polokwane in very hot conditions. Our players showed a lot of courage and determination in this match and it was no wonder that we came home with maximum points.

In our match against Sundowns, we started very well and we were just unfortunate not to score from our splendid first half where we created a lot of scoring opportunities from counter attacking situations. We were very unlucky but one should state that we also allowed a lot of shots in front of our defense which was a bit frustrating. Second half we wanted to have bit more creativity and we took out one of our defensive mid fielders to complement what we were getting from our wing play. Little did we know that in that plan we might encounter two forced substitutions from both our strikers and that crippled our plan to try and have two offensive midfielders since we all anticipated that Philani Shange might not finish the match after an explosive first half. Once again we conceded a very silly goal from Wome whom we had warned our players about his long range shots and the value of closing him down around the penalty area.

I was however left very optimistic by our team and I’m looking forward to a very exciting season ahead of us. Thanks once again to all our supporters for their support and I promise all and sundry that this is a season you will all be proud off.

After a very long and frustrating lay off, one has also had very disappointing results. One would like to start with our match against Bidvest Wits. This is one match I would like to forget based on how we performed on the day more especially our first half.

We had more than four key players who were just not at their best on the match. We committed a lot of defensive errors and we were lucky not to get punished from those errors but we conceded from a very long and tame diagonal ball from Jayiya which was headed home by Ngalande.

Our second half was promising if it was not for the chances that we also missed and a few dubious decisions by the match officials. One must say that this was our worst performance this season but we also hope it was an eye opener to all our boys.

Firstly, it was so encouraging to play in such a packed stadium and one must really thank our supporters who came in numbers. One should also commend the good work that was done  by the club in all their drives to pack the stadium.

Coming into the match, I was disappointed  by not winning the match because i think our boys gave a very good account of themselves. It was so encouraging to see so many debutants putting such a good performance. There is still a lot of work that we still have to do in both our defensive and offensive play. The biggest highlight for me was to see an Arrows team that really played the kind of football which we are all accustomed to and we can only build from there.

The quest to bring back the glory days at Arrows has just begun let us just rally together in this revolution to see our beloved team claiming its rightful place in the Premiership.
” Aluta Continua”

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