LESOTHO international coach, Lehlohonolo Seema registered his first victory as Lamontville Golden Arrows head coach when his side defeated Supersport United 4-3 on penalties after playing to a 2-2 stalemate during the regulated time to progress to the MTN 8 Cup semifinals on Saturday.
Aug. 16, 2021
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Seema wins first match as Arrows coach
Lamontville Golden Arrows head coach, Lehlohonolo Seema
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Swallows FC beat Orlando Pirates 2-1 in the real Soweto derby to progress to the semifinals and Mamelodi Sundowns outclassed Kaizer Chiefs by 2-1 in the penalties after the two sides held each other to a 2-2 draw on Sunday before Cape Town City defeated Amazulu 2-1 to book a semifinal spot.
Seema is faced with a lot of pressure at Arrows after an impressive 2019/20 season where the then Mandla Mcikazi led side finished on fourth position and Seema is therefore expected to match that performance or take Abafana Besthende to the heights.
Seema joined Arrows in July after Mcikazi left the Durban-based side for a coaching job at Orlando Pirates. Seema’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) coaching career is indeed extended as the former Bloemfontein Celtic and Orlando Pirates defender takes charge of Arrows as the fourth team after his former clubs Celtic, Chippa United and Black Leopards.
Arrows fans took to social media to share their sentiments. Bhalo Sxubho Dlamini congratulated the entire team for the victory.
“Good work guys you nearly did what you did against Amazulu in the Nedbank Cup loss. The game belongs to us, once again thanks. I love you guys even the one who left us must see that we were not depending on them, we don't play as individuals but as a team,” he said.
“Well begun, half done. Thanks,” Archibald Mduduzi Jwara commented.
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The PSL announced on Sunday that Arrows will battle it out against Sundowns in the semifinals while Cape Town City will take on Swallows with dates yet to be confirmed.
Local coach, Daniel Ntlaloe said Seema has a chance of advancing to the finals even though it is not that easy given the fact that he will be playing against the best team in South Africa in all aspects.
“What may assist Arrows is that they have character, because Seema is good at instilling the fighting spirit in players, which is a crucial thing in the game, but Sundowns are hungry for this trophy as they won it a long time ago. I see Sundown versus Swallows in the final,” he predicted.