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COACHES COMMENT: CLINTON LARSEN

Absa Premiership: Orlando Pirates

28 May 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Nedbank Cup: Orlando Pirates

22 May 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


ABSA Premiership: Cape Town City

20 May 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


ABSA Premiership: Baroka FC

14 May 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


ABSA Premiership: Kaizer Chiefs

06 May 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


ABSA Premiership: Mamelodi Sundowns

30 Apr 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


ABSA Premiership: Polokwane City

26 Apr 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Nedbank Cup: Platinum Stars

23 Apr 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Ajax Cape Town

16 Apr 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Bisvest Wits

12 Apr 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Nedbank Cup: Sundowns

09 Apr 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Highlands Park

01 Apr 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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


Maritzburg Utd: Last 32

13 Mar 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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


Platinum Stars

08 Mar 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Maritzburg United

08 Mar 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Maritzburg United

05 Mar 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Chippa United

26 Feb 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Free State Stars

20 Feb 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Free State Stars

20 Feb 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Free State Stars

20 Feb 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Free State Stars

20 Feb 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


SupeSport Utd

12 Feb 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


SupeSport Utd

09 Feb 2017 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Kaizer Chiefs

20 Dec 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Baroka FC

20 Dec 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Bidvest Wits

15 Dec 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Bidvest Wits

15 Dec 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Ajax Cape Town

04 Dec 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Polokwane City

01 Dec 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Mamelodi Sundowns

21 Nov 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Highlands Park

21 Nov 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Platinum Stars

03 Nov 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Maritzburg United vs Golden Arrows

29 Oct 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Orlando Pirates vs Golden Arrow

16 Oct 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Golden Arrows vs Chippa Utd

16 Oct 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Supersport United

29 Sept 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Arrows vs Bloem Celtic

26 September 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Free State Stars vs Golden Arrows

22 Sept 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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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.


Golden Arrows vs Cape Town City

15 September 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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.


Orlando Pirates

25 August 2016 - Clinton Larsen

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.