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COACHES COMMENT: CLINTON LARSEN

AmaTuks vs Golden Arrows

25 May 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Golden Arrows vs Jomo Cosmos

12 May 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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


Chippa Utd vs Golden Arrows

08 May 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Golden Arrows vs Free State Stars

02 May 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Black Aces vs Golden Arrows

28 April 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Golden Arrows vs Maritzburg Utd

21 April 2015 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Golden Arrows vs Orlando Pirates

18 April 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Bloem Celtic vs Golden Arrows

11 April 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Golden Arrows vs Baroka FC

05 April 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Golden Arrows vs SuperSport Utd

20 March 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Maritzburg Utd vs Golden Arrows

12 March 2016 - Clinton larsen

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.


Golden Arrows vs Milford FC

06 March 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Golden Arrows vs Platinum Stars

28 February 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Mamelodi Sundowns

22 Feb 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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 90minutes 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 City vs Golden Arrows

16 Feb 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Golden Arrows vs Bidvest Wits

08 Feb 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Ajax vs Golden Arrows

31 January 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Golden Arrows vs Chippa United

16 January 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Golden Arrows vs Ajax Cape Town

13 January 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Golden Arrows vs Free State Stars

09 January 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Golden Arrows vs Polokwane City

20 Dec 2015 - Clinton Larsen

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. 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.


Kaizer Chiefs vs Golden Arrows

06 November 2015 - Serame Letsoaka

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


Orlando Pirates

30 October 2015 - Serame Letsoaka

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.


Arrows vs Supersport - TKO

26 October 2015 - Serame Letsoaka

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.


Supersport United

22 October 2015 - Serame Letsoaka

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.


Golden Arrows vs Bloem Celtic

19 October 2015 - Serame Letsoaka

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.


TKO - Arrows vs Ajax

08 Oct 2015 - Serame Letsoaka

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.


Mpumalanga Black Aces

23 September 2015 - Serame Letsoaka

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.


Golden Arrows vs Mamelodi Sundowns

13 Sept 2015 - Serame Letsoaka

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


Platinum Stars vs Golden Arrows

28 Aug 2015 - Serame Letsoaka

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


Jomo Cosmos vs Golden Arrows

24 Aug 2015 - Serame Letsoaka

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.


Golden Arrows vs AmaTuks

10 August 2015 - Serame Letsoaka

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