LEHLOHONOLO Seema, Lesotho-born head coach of South Africa’s Lamontville Golden Arrows says his side which will renew their rivalry with their KwaZulu-Natal rivals, AmaZulu FC, in a DStv Premiership match at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Clermont on Wednesday need to improve defensively.
Sept. 27, 2021
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Seema keen to see Arrows defence improving
Lamontville Golden Arrows head coach, Lehlohonolo Seema
- Abafana Bes'thende winless in last two league matches
- AmaZulu secured first victory of season against Malawi’s Nyasa Big Bullets
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Abafana Bes'thende are coming into this encounter winless in their last two matches in the league, including their 2-2 draw with TS Galaxy away on September 11.
“I’m happy with the efforts the guys gave but we have to learn quickly how to manage the games and to stop conceding these soft goals," Seema said.
"I don’t think the goals we conceded are up to our standards. But we’ll go back and try to rectify our mistakes so we can defend better next time."
Arrows are currently placed eighth on the league standings having collected four points from three games and a victory over AmaZulu will take them to fifth place.
Meanwhile, AmaZulu secured their first victory of the season when they defeated Malawian giants Nyasa Big Bullets 3-1 away in the CAF Champions League on Saturday.
Usuthu are currently placed 14th on the league standings having accumulated just two points from three matches and they will be determined to move further away from the relegation zone.
Benni McCarthy, the AmaZulu head coach, was pleased to see his charges show maturity, experience and desire in their victory over Big Bullets.
"I am just very happy for the players. They were able to overturn the deficit and they showed great maturity, experience and desire that we maybe lacked at home when we lost 0-1," McCarthy said.
"We did not have a lot of desire. But we showed spirit and we showed character, we showed why we finished second in our domestic league.”
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PLAYERS TO WATCH: GOLDEN ARROWS
Nkosinathi Sibisi: The Arrows captain was one of the most outstanding defenders last season and he grabbed an assist in their draw with Galaxy. Sibisi will be keen to lead Abafana Bes'thende to their second league victory of the season.
Michael Gumede: The hard-working centre forward was Arrows' joint top scorer in the league last term with seven goals and he opened his scoring account for this season against Galaxy. Gumede will be confident of scoring again in the KZN derby.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: AMAZULU
Siphelele Mthembu: The former Arrows frontman grabbed a goal and an assist as AmaZulu secured an impressive away victory over Malawian champions Big Bullets. Mthembu will be hoping to haunt his former side by inspiring AmaZulu to a win.
Bonginkosi Ntuli: The bulky marksman was the hero for the KwaZulu-Natal giants against Big Bullets - hitting the back of the net twice inside the first 11 minutes of the game. Ntuli will be eager to continue his scoring form in the KZN derby. SuperSport