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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
This 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 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.
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
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.
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.
We play our return fixture against Bidvest Wits tomorrow at The Princess Magogo Stadium. Kickoff at 15h30.
This will be our third game played against The Clever Boys in the 2017/18 season. Our first encounter was in August in an MTN8 fixture, which we ended losing on penalties. Our second game against them was a month later at Wits Stadium, where we walked away triumphant after winning 3-1.
Wits will be looking to level the Premiership rivalry for the season and once again its a battle for position heading into this game.
We are currently 12th on the log, just a point and position above the Braamfontein based side. All teams are looking for full points in their games now, with a very tight log at the moment with less than 10 points determining a Top8 spot, its a do or die situation.
Both the coaching staff and the team know that we need to secure points in our games to ensure a good finish to the season. We have the dedication and determination to do the job, and are hoping to put our money where our mouth is tomorrow afternoon.
The Clever Boys are in a similar position and will be hoping to take away all 3points home with them.
The game will be televised but we appeal to our supporters to fill the stadium in green and gold, get behind the side and help to encourage them as they do battle.
We will cover the game on social media should you not be in the Durban area and are unable to attend the game.
We have been knocked out of the Nedbank Cup this afternoon by Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium.
In a game that looked like it could have gone either way in the first half, it was three goals in the second stanza that stamped our exit of the 2018 edition of the competition.
We played a good first half in which it seemed like Chiefs dominated play but gave away possession and allowed us to play on the counter and into the last third. We were just not able to finish our chances though, and the lack of taking advantage of this made our game difficult.
We had some good moments that we were not able to capitalise on. We lost Mahachi in the first half due to an ankle injury and then needed to replace Nonyane in the second half because of a similar injury.
The exit of Nonyane was after Chiefs took advantage of his injury and scored their second off the boot of Parker.
The home side then sealed the game just three minutes later when Malongoane scored for the hosts.
Although a loss, there was promising play from Conco on his debut and once again Ndwandwe did not fail to perform.
We will need to assess our injury situation now ahead of our home game next weekend when we face Bidvest Wits at home at Princess Magogo Stadium.
We get our 2018 Nedbank Cup underway on Sunday with a Last32 round fixture against Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium at 15h30.
A welcomed reprieve from the PSL, Coach Larsen and the team will be eager to cause an early upset and knock out the Glamour Boys in this round.
With the Multichoice Diski also having a break this weekend, Coach Larsen says it could be an opportunity for some of the youngsters to prove themselves on the field with the first team.
Last year we enjoyed a positive run in the cup. We played Maritzburg United in the Last 32 and progressed to the semi-finals after beating them.
Our semi-final was a home affair against Pirates who scored in the 34th minute and held on for the win.
Coach Larsen feels this competition is one where the underdogs can shine, and so far in this years competition we have seen just that with Ubuntu Cape Town having knocked out Polokwane City on Wednesday night.
Other games that have been played so far has seen Amazulu beat Mthatha Bucks 3-2 on penalties and Cape Town City eliminate Bidvest Wits 1-0.
The game will be televised but we encourage you to get to the stadium if you can and support us away from home. We will keep you up-to-date on our social media platforms during the duration of the game as well.
In football you don’t always get what you deserve as was the case against Amazulu. Credit also goes to our opponents who fought hard for their victory.
After going into the lead we needed to get the second to make their task all the more difficult but let them back in, less than 10 minutes later. After equalizing Amazulu gained more confidence and during that spell got what became the winner.
We fought hard for the equalizer but to no avail. Still proud of the effort our players gave.
This mornings Multichoice Diski game delivered all that a top of the table clash should as we ended up sharing the spoils with Ajax Cape Town in a 6 goal thriller.
Ajax opened the scoring in the 9th minute off the boot of Traore after they did well to beat our defence on the left and open up enough space to get into a scoring position and making no mistake in doing so.
We found ourselves on the back foot a bit but showed determination in fighting back and playing up into the last third. We created a number of opportunities, but we just were not able to finish as cleanly as we would have liked to.
There were moments when we lacked concentration at the back, with Sibisi trying to plug holes in the defence. He managed to close the gaps at stages, but again in the 37th minute Ajax managed to break through and a well placed kick into the top of the net by Phohlongo saw the home side take the lead.
We managed to pull a goal back in the dying minutes of the first half as S.Parasnath scored from a free kick after Khwela was fouled outside of the box.
Both teams returned showing determination to score again in the second stanza. We worked well and created a number of scoring chances, but were just not able to get the edge on the opposition.
A change on the field saw Sibiya replacing Falakhe and he bought the injection of energy we were looking for. Just minutes after coming on he was involved in a play that saw him equalise for us.
This put the fight back in the side, and allowed us to play back into the game. An end to end battle ensued and in the 79th minute we took the lead off a goal from substitute N.Dube.
With just 10 minutes to play for we needed only to ensure that the hosts never scored. But, as promised Ajax bought the game to us. Putting pressure on in the last 3rd. In the dying minutes we conceded a number of free kicks on the edge of the box and managed to clear two.
But it was in the last minute of additional play that we conceded again, allowing Losper to equalise for the hosts.
An exciting game from both sides.
We will return to Durban and prepare for our next game against Orlando Pirates on the 18th of February at King Zwelithini Stadium.
We have the return Derby tomorrow night at King Zwelithini when we face AmaZulu in our weekend ABSA PSL fixture.
The game, set to be an epic battle for bragging rights is an important game for both teams on so many fronts. Currently we are sitting at equal points in the competition, with Amazulu sitting a place below us only on goal difference.
The determination of the side has been evident in the last couple of games. This weekend they will need to put on their true colours and convert that determination into goals, and retain the Derby bragging rights against Usuthu. We need to secure more wins as we head into the core of the season. With a league as tight as it is now, taking full points from a game is imperative,
Usuthu climbed three places after their win againt SuperSport United on Wednesday night and will be hoping for a home win to continue their momentum.
They will also be looking to take the win after we beat them 4-1 in an entertaining encounter in September. The game was a typical Derby one, with both teams fighting hard for the win. Although a fantastic final score, it was a game that could have gone either way.
Tomorrow nights game will be on the same level as far as entertainment goes. AmaZulu will be well prepared and wanting to secure a home win.
Tickets for Saturday are R40 at Computicket & Umlazi Mega City Spar.
We are appealing to all our supporters to wear your green and gold, lets get to King Zwelithini in numbers to support the team in this important encounter.
Our Diski boys travel to Ikamva Stadium this weekend as they take on Ajax Cape Town in a top of the log clash on Saturday at 10am.
We are heading to the end of the season for the team, who, though hard work and determination from the players and the coaching staff alike, have managed to secure their position at the top of the log with 28 points.
This is a 5 point lead ahead of Ajax Cape Town, and 6 points ahead of 3rd placed Bloemfontein Celtic. As the saying goes, “its not over ’till the fat lady sings”, and this will be the attitude from the side as they take to the field on Saturday.
Ajax have everything to play for. A win for them could narrow our lead on the top of the table by 2 points, and there will be no love lost from them as they host us.
As always, a very interesting and exciting position for the team to be in, and this will add to the pressures they face on the field.
Our game is not part of a festival and will not be televised, but follow our social media platforms for updates on the game as it happens.
After a positive start where we maintained good possession and arrived with relative ease in the final 3rd, we just could not find the final pass. We conceded against the run of play through a defensive error but maintained our composure to draw level before the break ,through a well taken Venter goal.
Baroka had two good chances that we’re excellently saved by Gumede. We dominated the 2nd half and took the lead through Mutizwa, only to concede with 15 minutes remaining after we could not effectively clear our lines.
We pushed hard for a winner and came close as Chideu, Nonyane, Lamola, Mutizwa and Magubane all had chances. Another unwanted draw but a much improved team performance nevertheless.
We have drawn another game at home this afternoon against Baroka FC at Princess Magogo Stadium. A win would have pushed us into the top 8 but it was not to be today in the 4 goal game against Baroka FC.
We dominated possession on the field and did well to play into the visitors last 3rd, but we lacked the finishing we were aiming for. Gumede made a telling save in the 12th minute, tipping a shot from Mdantsane onto the bar.
We then allowed Baroka to open the scoring in the 17th minute as Moputa played in from the far side, beating Zuke and slotting the ball between Gumede’s legs.
Our persistance paid off just before the break, with Venter equalising. He cut in from the far side, beat two defenders and managed to get the ball on his left foot, taking the shot and finding the back of the net.
Coming out after the break, Coach Larsen made a change, bringing Lamola on for Mahachi. Just 10 minutes in he missed an opportunity with a header that found the side netting.
We managed to take the lead after Mutizwa slotted the ball in off a rebound from Vries after Lamola had taken a shot that Vries failed to control.
The lead was short lived though as we allowed Baroka to play back into the game. A scramble for possession in the box left Motupa free again, and he made no mistake in finding his mark again to equalise.
We put up a fight to try and secure a lead again, and created a number of scoring chances, but were just not on target and unable to find the back of the net.
We will have a tough week of preparation ahead of our Derby game against AmaZulu next weekend at King Zwelithini Stadium.
A confident Diski side beat SuperSport United at Sturrock Park in the Multichoice Diski Challenge.
The win sees us add another 3 points on our lead at the top of the log at the moment, with second places Bloem Celtic facing AmaZulu tomorrow at King Zwelithini Stadium.
The youngsters took the game to their hosts from the fist minute, and went on the attack straight after SuperSport got the game underway.
Clear intentions from the side, that they were looking for the win and nothing would stop them in their quest to bring back the 3 points from the game.
The attacking play paid off for us in the 20th minute when Conco scored off a cross from Jappie. Sabelo then increased the lead just 2 minutes later after S.Parusnath won the ball in the middle, made a telling switch to Sabelo who made no mistake in finding the back of the net.
We went onto the break with the two goal advantage and the confidence of the players was evident in their determination coming back onto the field.
Jappie was then rewarded for his work on the field as Conco layed the ball off to him in an unmarked position, which allowed him to tap the ball in and get the third for the day.
SuperSport had a few good moments of play. But, outstanding work from our back four frustrated them. The hosts resorted to trying anything to get into the last third, and on one occasion played a high ball into the box. Dlamini fouled a player and the referee awarded SuperSport a penalty. Stoffels made no mistake and scored for the home team.
The home side fought hard to get back into the game, but were just not able to find their rhythm and did not have it in them to break our defence again.
An outstanding outing from the team who once again displayed a solid performance.
Tomorrow we are back on the field as we take on Baroka FC at Princess Magogo Stadium at 15h30 in another important PSL fixture.
We returned to the field in the second part of the season showing some determination in securing points. We have added 4 points to our tally of 22 so far and intend on making tomorrows encounter another full haul.
Having beaten SuperSport at home and then drawing away to Chippa United, the Coach and team are determined that a home win is on the cards. The potential to win is there, and defensively we have been stronger in our last two outings.
On the attack, we have looked positive too. And we just need to nail our final chances we create and finish off properly to increase our goal haul.
Baroka FC are just 3 points ahead of us at the moment, sitting at eight place on the log, and a win over them will go a long way in us trying to finish in the top8 again this season.
Baroka have had a mixed of results from their last three encounters. They lost to Chiefs in their last game, but before that beat Amazulu 2-0 after suffering a loss to Orlando Pirates.
The team have big game temperament and they will surely be bringing it to the Stadium tomorrow.
We would like to call on all of our supporters to come to the stadium. Tickets will be on sale at the gates. R40 for Adults and just R10 for kids under 12.
Lets try and fill the stands as much as possible.
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.
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.
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.
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!
This was definitely one of our better performances of the first round.We dominated the first half but could not turn that dominance into goals.
The players carried out our tactical approach with aplomb. The second half was a lot more open with both teams attacking at will. We pushed hard for a winner and at times almost got caught on the counter but for some very strong defending from Mzava and man of the match Mngwengwe.
A strong performance,clean sheet but again dropped two valuable points.
We have played to a goalless draw against Maritzburg United this afternoon at Princess Magogo Stadium.
It was an uneventful first half. Both sides were reserved in their play, opting to try and keep possession and play up into the last third with short and calculated passes.
We did see to enjoy more shots at goal, but were either just not on target or the shots were high over the bar. Our attacking plays were well orchestrated, and there was a clear intention shown, whether it was up the right with Dube and Ndwandwe or the left by Nonyane and Sibiya.
There was great support play in the middle, with Bilankulu showing some dominance along with Mahachi.
In the second half, The Team of Choice came back onto the park and tried to domainte the play. They retained the ball well and had a number of attacking plays at goal, but they could not break our defence.
We managed to find our composure, and played ourselves back into the game. But neither sides could find that break in the last third to score.
Another tough Derby game, and shared spoils for us as we head into a short festive break.
We return to the field on the 7th of January as we face Bloemfontein Celtic away at Dr.Molemela Stadium
Tomorrow afternoon we finish off the first half of the season with a KZN Derby game against Maritzburg United. The game will be played at Princess Magogo Stadium, and will kick-off at 15h30.
We will be looking to secure a win and 3 points from this encounter. We are currently 5points off the top of the log, and our last two results have set us back in our log position.
A win before the break would boost morale in the camp and we have our eyes firmly on that target.
We have been playing well, and have been unfortunate on not being able to convert well fought chances into goals. This has meant that we have had to settle for eight draws so far, 3 losses and only getting maximum points from 3 games.
Maritzburg are always a tough team in a Derby encounter, and they will bring it all on Sunday. A win for them could give them a good boost up the log.
We will be giving you, our fans, an up to the minute feed on the game should you not be able to be there. We do howver encourage you to come to the stadium and get behind the boys as we face our KZN rivals. And from previous derbies played before, this game will not be shy of goals. The game will be televised on SuperSport 10. Let’s get down to princess magogo and get behind the boys and let’s finish the year off on a high note
In a game that could have gone either way in the first half, we fought back well and secured the 3 points to remain on top of the log going into the festive break.
Both sides came onto the pitch showing intention to secure the win. In what was a head to head battle from the first minute, both ourselves and Chippa used our possession to its full advantage, playing into the last third and fighting to secure the opening goal.
It was the visitors however who struck first, securing a goal off the boot of Lonose in the 27th minute. This put us on the backfoot for a while and the youngsters handled a barrage of further attacks from the visitors. The first half was not short of shots on goal for us, but we were just unable to convert our chances.
We returned to the field after the break with determination In the early minutes of the half we put great pressure on the visitors goals. This paid off for us as we managed to pull back a goal and equalize with Sabelo scoring after the keeper fumbled a long range shot from N.Dube, and Sabelo Who was brave enough to put his head in the way of an oncoming keeper who tried to clear the ball, but Sabelo got there first to score.
Mathenjwa then gave us the lead after coming on as a sub. Another great team effort saw us get into the firing zone, we had a shot on goal which was saved. The rebound ball was loose and Mathenjwa managed to get to it and push it past the keeper for the lead.
The game however was not over then. Chippa fought hard to score again, and had a number of shots, but we were able to survive the attempts.
We were also unlucky not to score again when Conco was put into position on the right. He had a shot that hit the post, the rebound ball was then controlled by Mgwaba who tried a bicycle kick. It was a fantastic attempt but it hit the bar and bounced straight down.
A well fought game from the youngsters today in Umlazi to retain the top spot on the Diski log.
They return to the field in the new yer with a game on the 13th January againt Bloemfontein Celtic at Dr Miolemela Stadium at 12h00.
Tomorrow morning we play our last Diski fixture of the year, when we host Chippa United at King Zwelithini Stadium at 10h00.
This game was meant to take place last weekend, however, it had to be rescheduled because of transport issues cause by delays at the airports.
So far we have played well in our 8 encounters, and edged to the top of the table with a 3-1 win over Polokwane City in our last match played at home.
The top 3 places are in hot contention. Ourselves and Bloemfontein Celtic are level on points, but we now have a game in hand, and we occupy the top spot because of our 1 goal difference. Supersport United and Maritzburg United sit third, with just a point in it at position 3 and 4.
With our game in hand a win tomorrow would mean that we could stretch our lead by 3 points at the top of the table going into the Christmas break.
Chippa will be eager for a win, having played 8 games, they have managed to only secure 8 points so far after winning 2, drawing 2 and losing 4 of their outings. They are sitting 14th on the log and would appreciate points to improve on their standings.
This is a tough competition, but on the day anything can happen in these exciting and action packed encounters.
We encourage you to get to the stadium to catch the action. Entrance will be free and its a great way to start your weekend off. You will be able to catch some young talented players in action and the Diski platform showcases some fantastic talent.
The game will not be televised, but we will keep you updated on our social media platform
So disappointed for the players that they got no reward for the performance they gave. We are proud of the efforts they continue to give regardless of the result. They went pound for pound with the best team in the country and at times it seemed as if there was a big yellow bus in front of us. You don’t always get what you deserve in football and today was proof thereof.
We suffered a home defeat this afternoon to Sundowns in an exciting and well contested game.
It was a tough first half, and Masandwana came onto the field to try and set their domination from the first minute. They attacked early and put us on the back foot. This allowed them to secure an opening goal in the 6th minute.
Soumahoro managed to get a boot on a rebound ball and put it past Gumede to score.
We fought back well, and Mahachi had a shot from range in the 10th minute that hit the bar and then later was disallowed a goal as he was deemed offside.
Both sides fought to score again. We had a number of great movements but could just not break the defence.
We stood strong at the back, with Mngwengwe and Mzava putting it all on the line to ensure that movements from Tau and his team mates were closed down.
All in all, it was a fantastic fight from both sides and we were unlucky not to have equalized and gone ahead on goals as we created the chances.
We will prepare for the KZN Derby next Sunday we we meet Maritzburg United at Princess Magogo for our last game befor the Christmas break.
Tomorrow morning we play our last diski fixture of the year, when we take on Chippa united at Wolfson Stadium at 10h00.
So far we have played well in our 8 encounters, and edged to the top of the table with a 3-1 win over Polokwane City in our last match played at home.
The top 3 places are in hot contention. Ourselves and Bloemfontein Celtic are level on points, with us occupying top spot because of our 1 goal difference. Supersport United sits at third, with just 2 points in it.
We will all be wanting to secure a win and try maintain our top of the table spot going into the Christmas break.
Chippa will be eager for a win, having played 8 games, they have managed to only secure 8 points so far after winning 2, drawing 2 and losing 4 of their outings.
This is a tough competition, but on the day anything can happen in these exciting and action packed encounters.
Our game is not part of the Festival taking place and will not be televised. We will however keep you up-to-date with the progress of the game.
We return home to face Mamelodi Sundowns tomorrow at the Princess Magogo Stadium in our 14th game of the season. The game will kick off at 15h30.
Its been a tough week after our 2-1 loss to Free State Stars in Bethlehem, but the team have not had time to mope about the game as preparations started as soon as we arrived back for tomorrws encounter with Sundowns
With just two games left before the break, we need to collect points and we are determined to make tomorrows game count.
Sundowns have been catching up their fixtures, and have made no attempt to hide their intentions in the process. With just 10 games under their belt they have quickly climbed the log. On Tuesday they never held back as they beat Baroka FC 4-0.
They will come to secure a win, and Sunday should produce a great game to watch. Sundowns always enjoy away support and we urge you to get to the stadium in your Lamontville Golden Arrows colours to show support to the team.
Gates open at 12h30. Tickets are R40 for adults and just R10 for kids under 12 and are available only at the gates. So come to Kwa Mashu, bring a friend and lets get behind the team!
We definitely deserved something out of this game after a very strong second half showing. We struggled playing into a strong wind first half but used the conditions to our advantage in the second.
We gave ourselves an uphill task after conceding after only two minutes of the restart. We threw everything at Stars with the score at 2-1 and could have equalized had it not been for some tenacious defending by the home team.
Nonyane played a good 55 minutes after a lengthy lay off.Great to see him back giving a solid performance.
Disappointed would be an understatement. Scoring two good team goals then conceding through a penalty and a deflected equalizer was a tough way to drop two valuable points.
We weren’t at our best for sure but neither were our opponents who did very little to trouble Gumede in goals.
More points dropped at home so we have to win our next match against Free State Stars at all cost.
We had chances to get a third or fourth goal but it wasn’t to be.
Another positive result on the road for the club. It’s never easy playing at Orlando but our players showed no fear and gave their all to make sure we returned with a point.
Gumede made three good saves to keep us in the game but we also had opportunities which Mabokwane did well to save. We maintained good tactical discipline throughout and made it difficult for our opponents to break us down.
We could have done much better with our counter and break attacks which lacked the killer final pass. Gumede and Cele were our standout performers on the night.
Supersport took the lead quite fortuitously when Bilankulu slipped because of the soft underfoot conditions. We had the first chance of the game though ,when Mutizwa chipped Williams only for the ball to narrowly go over the crossbar.
Conceding the second goal just before the break made our task all the more difficult. Chasing the game made us susceptible to conceding again and our opponent got their third , killing all hopes of any comeback.
Truth be told it was not a bad performance by the team but also not good enough to get any result from a very experienced Supersport team.