Champs Ar­rows los­ing plot

Coach ad­mits they are un­der pres­sure this term

Sowetan - - Dipapadi - By Sihle Nde­bele

Mul­tiChoice Diski Chal­lenge (MDC) reign­ing cham­pi­ons Lamontville Golden Ar­rows have only won one of their six matches this sea­son, with three de­feats and two draws.

By the look of things, it’s a daunt­ing task for Abafana Bes’thende to re­tain their Diski ti­tle.

Ar­rows have only man­aged two goals, which in­di­cates their blunt­ness in front of goal. They are 11th in the stand­ings.

For their poor cam­paign, coach Vusumuzi Vi­lakazi reck­ons the MDC was now more com­pet­i­tive than the pre­vi­ous sea­sons, say­ing more teams are pri­ori­tis­ing win­ning the ti­tle than de­vel­op­ing play­ers which was the case be­fore.

“For us, win­ning the MDC has never been our pri­mary aim. We have won it twice [in 2015 and the last edi­tion]. But we had al­ways pushed the agenda of de­vel­op­ing play­ers for the first team. Many teams have changed their mind­set. All of a sud­den they want to win the ti­tle,” Vi­lakazi said.

Teams who have not won the re­serve league be­fore like lead­ers Cape Town City and fifth-placed AmaZulu have been im­press­ing this sea­son. Vi­lakazi feels play­ing un­der no pres­sure is the rea­son be­hind their pro­vin­cial foes, Usuthu’s im­pres­sive form.

“I think the rea­son Usuthu are do­ing well is that they do not have pres­sure like us. We are un­der a lot of pres­sure, as de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons peo­ple ex­pect mir­a­cles from us,” said Vi­lakazi.

The Cit­i­zens are on 15 points, two ahead of sec­ond­placed Bloem­fontein Celtic. AmaZulu have amassed 11 points.

/ SY D N E Y MAHLANGU/ BACKPAGE

Vusumuzi Vi­lakazi and Ar­rows are strug­gling.

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