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Diski Shield Weekend Review

In our weekend review, we look at the MultiChoice Diski Shield’s opening festival, with three coaches talking about their performances. We also recap on the coach and player that stood out during the opening weekend.

Glen Salmon - Bidvest Wits

“I don’t think we deserved to win, but we’ll take it. I think we respected Orlando Pirates too much. Pirates had their chances, and we also had opportunities which we didn’t take very well. Ultimately, I think the draw was fair but we're happy with the three points.’’

Themba Sithole - Free State Stars

“It is a very good start to the tournament, but I felt that we could have finished the game in the first half. Hence, we have to go back and work, especially on our finishing. We created so many chances, but we couldn’t finish them off. As a result we nearly drew the match.’’

Jeffrey Legetla - Bloemfontein Celtic

“In the first half, we didn’t play according to the plans; Ajax Cape Town was pressing us high. We never noticed that their right and left backs are slow. In the second, we decided to use our wingers as they are our strong points, and we capitalised on that.’’

Coach of the festival

Arthur Zwane - Kaizer Chiefs

Chiefs might have won the match against Platinum Stars but it wasn’t pretty. Zwane demanded more from his players. There were two incidents where he completely lost it. Reamohetswe Lekoatsa was fouled after skinning his marker, Zwane actually preferred a constructive forward pass. The 44-year-old was also furious with how the second goal came about, hence he didn’t even celebrate it. He was not happy with the team’s movement building up to the double, and the noticeable victim that he had a go at was Given Thibedi.

Player of the festival

Kgotso Mofokeng – Celtic

Mofokeng’s hat-trick against Cape Town City might have just paved the way for his team to go all the way to win the Shield. This tournament is the only chance for Siwelele to collect a piece of silverware this season after enduring the past two campaigns in the Challenge as runners up, despite holding the best scoring record in both seasons. The 21-year-old scored from two set-pieces in either half of the match, and his third was a delightful finish inside the box after some good work down the left wing by Teboho Modise.


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