Golden Arrows jumped from ninth to fifth position on the log with 23 points after beating Platinum Stars 2-0 in their second Absa Premier League encounter at Olympia Park Stadium in Rustenburg on Tuesday night. The visitors were leading 1-0 at the break.
Despite playing in light showers, Arrows put pressure on the home side from the start, playing attacking football and visiting their opponents’ goalmouth on several occasions. It came as no surprise when striker Abia Nale scored in the 39th minute, easily beating Stars goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands to give the visitors the lead at halftime.
In the second half, Arrows carried on from where they left off by controlling the game. Industrious midfielder Papi Zothwane called the shots and confused the home team. He was rewarded in the 54th minute when he punished Sandilands again, taking the final score to 2-0.
The six week gap, due to the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Ghana, gave Arrows the opportunity to mould themselves into a fearful team. During this time, they beat so-called giants, Kaizer Chiefs, 2-1 in the recent Arrive Alive cup competition and went on to demolish Orlando Pirates 3-0 to snatch the trophy.
With their skilful players and attacking football, some of the teams in the league may struggle to match Arrows.
Platinum Stars coach Miguel Gamondi will have a lot of work to do if he is to impress his club’s owners. From 16 games they have only managed to collect 18 points and are still lying in the relegation zone. – Sapa