Golden Arrows have undoubtedly been one of the most offensive teams in the Dstv Premiership this season, evident to their goal tally of 11 goals thus far.
Many will argue that head coach Lehlohonolo Seema inherited a well-oiled team from former coach Mandla Ncikazi and he made it clear that he will not change much.
Seema himself is a very offensive coach and all his teams attack with aplomb and they play an entertaining brand of football, looking back at his Bloemfontein Celtic, Chippa United and Black Leopards in the past few seasons.
Seema has a trademark of enterprising football which must yield result and it is something that modern football requires.
His Arrows side are always deadly, with different players causing havoc for the opposition teams.
Having a go-to guy when you need goals is very significant when you play in the bigger league and ambitious enough to win things.
But Knox Mutizwa has not picked his hand up to lead the Arrows line of attack. Young Micheal Gumede has also dwindled, without consistency, while players like Pule Mmodi, Nduduzo Sibiya and Velemseni Ndwandwe have picked up a few goals.
Abafana Bes’thende have not been impressive in defence this season, something that Ncikazi worked on tirelessly, hence the likes of Sifiso Mlungwana and Nkosinathi Sibisi were the talk of the town last season.
But defence should start from attack and midfield play should also assist players who are defending. Arrows’ holistic approach has not blended this season, hence they have conceded more than they have scored.
In all the matches that they have played Mlungwana has produced great saves, though they concede here and there.
The inconsistency of the back four has also let them down, with Sibisi, Matome Mathiane and Thabani Zuke all sharing the center back role.
Arrows technical team should decide on who they trust in defence and work on some aspects of their game, so that they can have strong protection for Mlungwana.
Their midfielders have looked shaky sometimes and the aggression that we witnessed last season has vanished a bit.
A scoring team always has 50% chance of winning matches, but it should be complimented by a strong midfield and uncompromising defence.
This is something that Seema and his technical team should work on and bring about changes in terms of playing personnel, if needs be.
With games coming thick and fast and the team not being consistent, drastic decisions will need to be taken to maintain the team’s fortunes from last season and even improve, as expected by the chairlady Mato Madlala.
Can Seema bring those changes, is the team ready to up their game and stop letting in silly goals, are they ready to deal with opposition teams when they are on the lead?
Only time will tell and with the side out of the MTN8 they might feel hard done by the 3-0 second leg loss to Mamelodi Sundowns, but it might also be a blessing in disguise as they will have to deal with the league matches for now.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter