MDC : Golden Arrows Crowned The new MDC Champions
Soweto-Golden Arrows are the new Multichoice Diski Challenge following the hard fought victory of 2-1 over the stubborn Free State Stars.
Arrows seemed to be determined in scoring an early goal as Nduduzu Sibiya increased the intensity towards the last men of stars. However they were hardly sharp in the final third. After fifteen minutes, Yalla koto regained their confidence but could hardly penetrate Arrows defence. Sinawo Masana endeavours as he shots from a long range were not enough to trouble Nkosingiphile Gumede.
On ground B Mamelodi Sundowns explained their intentions when former Orlando Pirates wizard Lebogang Mokoena scored an opening goal just seconds before the break.
The Motsepe boys who seem to have inherited the magic of scoring goals from the senior team increased their tally when Flavio Bento scored a cracker from an open play.
Golden Arrows thought they were back in it the first five minutes when they scored a goal which forbidden by refree Bambiso Masixole, as it was an offside.
In the 59th Sam Mnguni spoiled the positive attitude of Arrows lads when he scored an opening goal piling an immense pressure on Lamontville boys.
As Arrows was going all out for an equalizer, Downs enlarged their tally to three from a well taken goal by Matlala Makgalwa. Platinum stars efforts to shoots from long range were fruitless. They could hardly complete their passes particularly on the final third.
Tholang Lwana of Free State Stars could have put the game to bed when he swept all the defenders before picking the spot, forcing Gumede to make a save.
Arrows were now throwing everything from their kitchen in search of an equalizer. In the 84th minutes Sibiya was rewarded with a goal. The pressure piled up by Arrows was unbearable. They scored another goal following a number build up passes which some were eventually fruitless. He
Speaking after this game, man of the match Nduduzo Sibiya said, He came from Durban with a positive attitude of winning the trophy. “It was my wish to score today and it happened. However when they first scored we really felt under pressure, particularly after Sundowns scored on the other game” said Sibiya who joined Arrows development ranks at the age of 14 years. He concluded by saying his stunning performance was influenced by players such as Teko Modise, Mark Mayembela and David Mathebula as he grew up looking up to them.
Mabaleng Sport centre also spoke to Mamelodi Sundowns captain Motsie Matima who said he believes they played well as the team, however the lack of consistency has left them on position two just like the previous season. “I am very sad I didn’t win but I still hope next season we will win it” said Matima who applauded the reserve league for giving young stars an opportunity to shine.
Speaking on behalf of the Premier soccer league, Derrick Spencer said that the second year was a success, the standard is improving. He said MDC takes the game to the people “The aim was to take the game to the people where people don’t normally see such games. People can expert more as it has been magnificent even on this two years” concluded Spencer.
The other resulys were as follows
Mpumalanga Black Aces 2-1 Orlando Pirates
Kaizer Chiefs 3-1 Ajax Town
Polokwane City 1-0 Maritzburg united
Chippa united 1-1 Supersport united
Jomo Cosmos 4- Pretoria university