The third round of fixtures in this season’s MultiChoice Diski Challenge saw Premier Soccer League (PSL) returnees, Lamontville Golden Arrows, playing away at SuperSport United, in a match that was played at the Tshwane University of Technology’s TUT Stadium on Saturday.
The untelevised match, which had a poor attendance of less than 50 – not counting United’s development team’s kids who were called on by the club to attend the match – was a lukewarm affair. Something that was in fact entertaining was the way in which the visitors started the match, dominating it with their short, pretty passes in the centre of the field, to gauge their opponents’ hunger to win the ball back.
The first half was arguably dominated by Arrows, but they couldn’t make that count with many goals, as the home defence, which featured veteran first-team defender, Thabo September, was determined not to give anything away. Arrows did eventually score, however, just before halftime, when their striker captain – who was brilliant in the first half but faded away in the second – dragged a defender towards the by-line with his skilful left-footed control of the ball, before passing it to midfielder Fikizolo to slot it into the empty net, as a result of the ‘keeper coming out of his line to try prevent the danger.
Fikizolo, ironicaly, on loan from SuperSport, scored the only goal of the match, which gave Abafana Bes’thende their second win of the season in three outings.
The second half didn’t offer much to talk about, apart from the home team’s relentless attempts to get back on level terms, only to be disappointed by their seemingly clueless strike force.
The match was not too bad overall, although the teams didn’t exactly put on five-star performances either.
[Click on the following link to listen to the post-match interview with United coach MacBeth Sibaya]: https://soundcloud.com/khunulogo-mpolokeng/interview-with-coach-macbeth-sibaya