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COACHES COMMENT: CLINTON LARSEN

Mamelodi Sundowns

10 December 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Free State Stars

07 December 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Cape Town City

25 November 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Orlando Pirates

23 November 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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 United

01 November 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Tekom Cup: Orlando Pirates

29 October 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Polokwane City

22 October 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Baroka FC

19 October 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Chippa United

01 October 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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!


Kaizer Chiefs

24 Sept 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Platinum Stars

21 Sept 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Amazulu FC

18 Sept 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Bloemfontein Celtic

14 Sept 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Bloemfontein Celtic

24 Aug 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Ajax Cape Town

21 Aug 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Bidvest Wits: MTN8

13 Aug 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.