Mamelodi Sundowns defender Grant Kekana is expecting a tough encounter when his team lock horns with Golden Arrows on Tuesday evening.

Despite conceding two goals in their last two matches of the league Masandawana have been able to collect maximum points. Kekana expects an itchy game against KwaZulu Natal side who is undefeated thus far this season.

The last time both sides met they played 1-1 stalemate at Princess Magogo Stadium.

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“Another tough encounter coming up against Arrows. I think they’ve had two positive results, 1 win and 1 draw. It’s going to be another tough encounter but we’ve analysed them quite well and we will be looking to exploit the areas where we think we would benefit. It’s going to be a good game to watch and one that we’ve prepared for.” He said.

“We know Arrows are quite good on the counter with Knox Mutizwa coming in short, Ryan Moon coming in from behind, and them changing with the wingers also coming inside. We’ve seen where they are dangerous, we are going to try and hopefully make sure that they’re not as effective on the day. It’s going to be tough cause those are quality players as well so we always bank on ourselves always and it’s going to be a good show.”

The former SuperSport United player has emphasised that they prepared well for the match even though matches are coming fast but that’s not excuse for them because during pre-season they played matches after a few days away. Sundowns are yet to lose a league match since Rulani Mokwena has been appointed as a solo head coach.

GRANT KEKANA ANTICIPATES TOUGH MATCH

“The preparations have been quite good, even today was a restart day, the boys are still looking sharp and still looking hungry. The games are going to come thick and fast but I think our pre-season has laid a solid base, because even in the pre-season we were playing games every 2 to 3 days, I think we’ve adapted to that schedule. It’s going to be a good one and one that we prepared for and we can’t wait to play.”

The match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Golden Arrows will take place at Lucas Moripe stadium at 17:00

By Author: Katleho Hlalele

Golden Arrows defender Sicelokuhle Hlatshwayo is not likely to leave the club to join Orlando Pirates in the coming winter transfer window, according to his agent.

The player’s representative, Sfiso Zwane has downplayed rumours linking his client with a move to Soweto, amid reported interest from PSL giants.

Rumours have been doing the rounds that Abafana Bes’thende player could join Jose Riveiro’s side comes the 2023/2024 DStv Premiership campaign.

SICELOKUHLE HLATSHWAYO STAYING PUT

When asked by LimSportsZone about rumours that Hlatshwayo could be a Buccaneer next season, Zwane replied: “Nothing from my side, I haven’t heard anything about it.”

Agent of Sicelokuhle Hlatshwayo has downplayed Orlando Pirates link
Sicelokuhle Hlatshwayo

Arrows’ Hlatshwayo’s future has come into the spotlight recently after his impressive performance in the past season.

The 29-year-old defender had penned a three-year deal with the KwaZulu-Natal outfit in November 2022. Hlatshwayo played 15 matches in all competitions since he joined the club.

ORLANDO PIRATES CONFIRMED SIGNINGS

Should the former Marumo Gallants center-back move to the Sea Robbers eventually happen, he will be the third addition to the club this year so far.

According to reports, Pirates have signed TS Galaxy goalkeeper Melusi Buthelezi last month, though the team has not confirmed anything as yet.

And as reported by IDiski Times last week, Pirates have completed the signing of Motsepe Foundation Championship side All Stars midfielder Siphelo Baloni.

By Clifton Mabasa

Lamontville Golden Arrows player Nqubeko Magoso has described his teammate Samkelo Mzolo as a quality player on and off the field. Mzolo was voted by fans in 2022 to represent Amabutho in the DStv Compact Cup.

Amabutho was made up of all teams from KwaZulu-Natal that are playing in the DStv Premiership. The only team that was not available was Richards Bay FC as they were playing in the Motsepe Foundation Championship.

RISING STAR SAMKELO MZOLO A GREAT HUMAN BEING

Magoso says ‘Masaladi’ is a humble person who also fights for the Arrows badge.

“Masaladi [Samkelo Mzolo] is a quality player on and off the pitch,” Magoso told LimSportsZone.

Magoso describes  Samkelo Mzolo as a quality player on and off the pitch
Samkelo Mzolo

“He is a disciplined player and also a humble person whom you can call a brother. He also fights for the team to have a win, as he is the top goalscorer in the team.”

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The 19-year-old joined Abafana Besthende in August 2022. He was also the top goalscorer with 15 goals in the DStv Diski Challenge 2022/23 season. The Arrows DDC team finished the league in position number six with 47 points.

Mzolo made his debut for the first team in their 0-0 draw against Chippa United FC at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday. He came in as a sub in the last 10 minutes of the match.

By Banele Hlakanyana

Golden Arrows coach Vusumuzi Vilakazi has expressed desire to keep Orlando Pirates loanee Ntsako Makhubela at the club in accordance with his game time.  

In search of game time after a difficult first round of the 2022/23 DStv Premiership campaign at the Pirates, Makhubela made the switch to Arrows last year on an undisclosed length deal.  

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The 28-year-old midfielder has adapted quickly to his former surroundings, despite netting ones in eight matches so far. He scored his goal against Kaizer Chiefs at Peter Mokaba Stadium two weeks ago.  

VUSUMUZI VILAKAZI WANTS NTSAKO MAKHUBELA TO STAY AT GOLDEN ARROWS  

Vilakazi, who is a co-coach along with ex-Chiefs striker, Mabudi Khenyeza at Abafana Bes’thende, is willing to keep Makhubela for him to contribute to the club in the years to come. 

“I know Makhubela is on loan, but if Makhubela wants to enjoy his football, he must ask Orlando Pirates to release him so that he can stay here,” Vilakazi told reporters after the match.  

POINTLESS TO GO BACK TO ORLANDO PIRATES

“It’s pointless to go back if you are not going to play. He is such a talented and quality player, but he needs game time. 

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“It is up to him as to how he handles this situation, but we would love to keep Makhubela as well.” 

Makhubela was in progress of settling in happily under the coach Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids until the duo were replaced by the Spanish mentor, Jose Riveiro at the beginning of the season. 

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Golden Arrows coach Vusumusi Vilakazi has insisted he is tired of the rumours that star player Pule Mmodi could be on his way out to join either Orlando Pirates or Kaizer Chiefs next season.

There have been media reports suggesting that Mmodi was heading to Pirates when Arrows re-signed Ntsako Makhubela on loan from the Buccaneers during the past transfer window. However, Mmodi remained Abafana Bes’thende’s player for the rest of the season.

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After their 2-1 DStv Premiership loss to SuperSport United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday. LimSportsZone veered away from the match in hand and instead asked an unrelated question as to how disturbing it is to hear about Modi’s Chiefs and Pirates talk repeatedly.

ARROWS COACH TIRED OF PULE MMODI KAIZER CHIEFS AND ORLANDO PIRATES RUMOURS

Vilakazi has played down what can be described as rancour or a rift talk for the KwaZulu-Natal outfit and the 30-year-old midfielder.

“I think I’m over that thing of Pule going, staying, or whatever,” Vilakazi said in a post-match conference when asked by LimSportsZone.

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“I think I did mention that Pule is with us, and he’s committed to us. If you look at his game, you can see that he’s fighting for the club,”

“He is a good player, and he’s adding value to our team, so that’s what I’m only interested in.”

SITUATION BEYOND TECHNICAL TEAM CONTROL

Nonetheless, Vilakazi has admitted that whether Pule will stay or not, he has no power over this state of affairs.

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“Apart from that, this (situation) is just behind my control,” he added.

“But what I know now is that we are working with Pule. We’ll finish the season with him, and that is what I’m interested in.”

Arrows will, however, have to swiftly shift the focus to the KZN derby. They face Royal AM in the Nedbank Cup last 16 clash at the Princess Magogo Stadium on 11 Saturday.

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Orlando Pirates have returned to winning form in the DStv Premiership after they defeated Golden Arrows 3-1 at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

The Buccaneers had not managed a second-half goal in the league all season. But they struck twice in injury time at the end of the game to secure a first win since mid-October and move to fifth place on the log on 22 points.

Abafana Bes’thende, meanwhile, slumped to a second defeat in three and are ninth on the log on 19 points.

BIG BOOST FOR ORLANDO PIRATES

The Buccaneers did at least break a three-game losing streak with the stalemate. But Jose Riveiro’s side has now managed just one win from their last eight league outings.  They find themselves in seventh spot on 20 points, literally half the points tally of league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns in the same number of matches.

Arrows nearly took the lead with just 20 seconds on the clock after Knox Mutizwa picked up a poor back pass and fired a left-footed drive on target, but Pirates goalkeeper Sipho Chaine made a sharp one-handed save.

The hosts shrugged off that early scare and gradually took control of the match, notably creating a fine chance for Kermit Erasmus just before the midway point of the first half, but his effort was smothered one-on-one by Arrows’ Sifiso Mlungwana.

SALENG SHINES FOR THE BUCCANEERS

Yet the Buccaneers claimed the lead on 28 minutes, with Bandile Shandu rifling in a low cross which found Monnapule Saleng, who edged ahead of his marker and stabbed home a first-time shot at the near post to make it 1-0.

The Soweto giants were inches away from a second goal in the 34th minute, as Thabang Monare met a corner kick delivery and saw his header flash just wide of the far post.

Orlando Pirates v Golden Arrows
Orlando Pirates v Golden Arrows

A goal up at the break, Pirates and Saleng should have doubled their tally in the opening seconds of the second half, as Deon Hotto’s low cross picked out the young forward, who blazed over with the goal gaping just a few metres ahead of him.

Pirates were made to pay for this miss midway through the second stanza when Abafana Bes’thende claimed an equaliser: Mutizwa did great work to tee up substitute Velemseni Ndwandwe, whose shot deflected off a defender, wrong-footed the goalkeeper and found the back of the net for 1-1.


BUCS SUBSTITUTION IMPACT 

The match looked set to end 1-1, but Pirates struck in the second minute of injury time through substitute Terrence Dzvukamanja, who netted with a diving header from Saleng’s cross.

And another substitute, Vincent Pule, made it 3-1 two minutes later, firing home a left-footed drive from the edge of the box as the hosts capitalised on Arrows throwing numbers forward in a desperate attempt to get back in the game.

The teams will return to DStv Premiership action next weekend, with Arrows hosting KwaZulu-Natal rivals Maritzburg United on Saturday 21 January, while Pirates will welcome Stellenbosch FC the following day.

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Arthur Zwane says the club will sign any player available during the current transfer window period, as long as they add value.

Chiefs have been linked with a few players in the Premier Soccer League, including Bafana Bafana midfielder Pule Mmodi. Mmodi is currently a Golden Arrows player but his club has indicated he is available provided there is a right offer.

There have also been a few trialists at Kaizer Chiefs but the club is yet to confirm any signing.

New signing Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana has also proved to be useful upfront with seven league goals so far. When asked if there were players that the club has earmarked, Zwane said the club is forever searching.

Arthur Zwane giving instructions
Arthur Zwane giving instructions

“We are forever looking for good players,” he told the media on Thursday.

“As a club, we want to win silverware, we want to compete. If we get good players we will definitely go for them.

ON THE KAIZER CHIEFS SCOUTING DEPARTMENT

“We have a team that is doing that job behind the scenes. They have done quite well so far and that is why it is key for us to thoroughly profile the players before they get here.”

“Also have a closer look at them in terms of action and from there we will come up with a decision and that is the approach we have decided to take as a club,” added Zwane.

ON THE DEPARTMENT THEY WANT TO BEEF UP

“As I said, any good player that can come and add value. Regardless of the position, any good player, we will fo for him.”

Kaizer Chiefs recently lost midfielder Njabulo Blom who has moved to Major League Soccer club St Louis City. DStv Diski Challenge product Samkelo Zwane has fitted in like a glove in Blom’s absence.

Orlando Pirates midfielder Ntsako Makhubela has re-joined Golden Arrows on a season-long loan.

The move was confirmed by the KwaZulu Natal side on Wednesday.

Abafana Bes’thende confirmed Makhubela has signed until the end of the 2022/23 season.

ORLANDO PIRATES OFFLOAD NTSAKO MAKHUBELA

Makhubela returns to familiar surroundings as he spent three seasons with Arrows from 2019 to 2021.

After a successful spell in Durban, Makhubela joined Pirates, but became an unhappy camper when he suffered limited game time. The 28-year-old midfielder is a Pirates development product.

He only managed 13 DStv Premiership appearances in his one and half stay at the Buccaneers.

It remains to be seen if Makhubela will return to Pirates at the end of his loan move or if Arrows will push for a permanent stay.

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Arthur Zwane insists PSL players have to take care of themselves if they want to succeed in football. 

Zwane has never resigned from speaking against illdispline since his appointment as coach at Kaizer Chiefs. 

Some footballers have thrown away their careers in South Africa due to bad habits and wayward lifestyle off the field. 

The Kaizer Chiefs mentor said he doesn’t like working with players who drink, smoke and have too many unnecessary friends. Zwane was speaking after their DStv Premiership 2-0 win against Golden Arrows this past weekend.

KAIZER CHIEFS COACH DIFFICULT TO WORK WITH? 

“I am the most difficult coach to work with,” he said. 

“Discipline comes first with me. I always remind them that I don’t like players who drink and smoke for many reasons. 

“I don’t go to parties, even if it is something happening at home, I will show up for one hour and leave for obvious reasons. Because I am not saying they mustn’t socialise,” he explained. 

“I am saying a complete footballer needs to know what he wants in his career.”

Kaizer Chiefs coach Arthur Zwane
Kaizer Chiefs coach Arthur Zwane

PLAYERS NEED TO TAKE CAREERS SERIOUS 

“Gone are those days where a professional footballer will have 20 friends,”  You must know what you want, you must know your circle, you must know who you mix with at home, who you trust, who you want to work with and how you can improve your game.

“There is no time to have 20 friends. You go to Soweto and from Soweto you go to Sandton [if you party]. You have to [rather] focus on yourself. It was always going to be difficult for us. This time of the year is the festive season and a lot of people are thinking about going out.

We had to put our foot down and say this is how we are going to do it and if we find out you did something then you are out, and we focus on those who want it most. That is why I am saying it goes down to one thing, discipline.

“Discipline means a lot of things. You see dedication, you sacrifice and if you don’t you sacrifice your future. I always say if you don’t want to enjoy what you love now, you are not going to enjoy life at a later stage.”

Kaizer Chiefs returned to winning ways in the DStv Premiership following a 2-0 win against Golden Arrows at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.

Caleb Bimenyimana opened the scoring for Chiefs as early as the 14th minute. It was his seventh of the season and became the leading top scorer.

Edmilson Dove opened his Kaizer Chiefs account with a goal in the 28th minute to make it 2-0 before half time.

Just like in the first half, Golden Arrows dominated play but failed to make anything out of it.

Kaizer Chiefs v Arrows
Kaizer Chiefs v Arrows

The victory takes Chiefs to fourth on the log position with 24 points from 14 matches. They are seven points behind log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns having played a match more.

Arrows on the other hand are 10th with 16 points from 14 matches.

KAIZER CHIEFS V GOLDEN ARROWS LINE-UPS.

𝗞𝗮𝗶𝘇𝗲𝗿 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗲𝗳𝘀  

𝗫𝗜 | Khune, Frosler, Dove, Kwinika, Hlanti, Zwane, Maart, Nk Ngcobo, Dolly, Mahlatsi, Bimenyimana.

𝗦𝗨𝗕𝗦 | Bvuma, Ngezana, Sithebe, NJ Ngcobo, Sekgota, Solomons, Radebe, Duba, Shabalala.

𝗚𝗼𝗹𝗱𝗲𝗻 𝗔𝗿𝗿𝗼𝘄𝘀

𝗫𝗜 | Mlungwana, Gumbi, Lunga, Nxadi, Ndlovu, Sibiya, Moon, Dlamini, Mmodi, Zuke, Mutizwa.

𝗦𝗨𝗕𝗦 | Mbatha, Magawana, Shitolo, Mantshiyane, Fikizolo, Magubane, Nkosi, Dube, Khumalo.