Tha Dogg: ‘All eyes on Lewis, Mbesuma’

This week all roads lead to Umlazi to King Zwelithini Stadium where Lamontville Golden Arrows host a resurgent AmaZulu in a mid week PSL clash.

The Usuthu turned on the charm and class to beat Bloemfontein Celtic 2-0 at the weekend. Stanton Lewis did what the technical team desired of him. He set up the first goal for Tsweu Mokoro to score, and then added the second goal, courtesy of man of the match Ramson Zhuwawo’s pass. The Zimbabwean appreciated having the experienced Stanley Kgatla playing alongside him in the heart of the midfield. The pair will have a big influence on Wednesday’s derby match against Golden Arrows. Both Stanton

Lewis and Collins Mbesuma of Golden Arrows will never win a modeling competition. Lewis and Mbesuma are both built on the lines of the legendary Hungarian Ferenc Puskas who dominated the 1960s with Real Madrid. Lewis is a quality player and he will direct the way the boys in green and white will play. Mbesuma on the other hand will do likewise for ‘Abafana Bes’thende’. He has the ability to play with his back to the opposition goal, he is quick off the mark and knows how to put the ball into the back of the net.

If the back four of the Usuthu defence can control Siyabonga Nkosi and Collins Mbesuma, half the job will be done. Arrows have conceded 18 goals and the match could revolve around how Musa Bilankulu and company handle Stanton Lewis and Kagiso Senamela on the day. Both teams like to entertain, and the game has the makings of a very good football match. I hope there will be a big turn out as the players deserve the support of the local spectators.

Ian Palmer’s Team of Choice will be up against Kaizer Chiefs next. They’ve had a very difficult period and the hierarchy, will have calculated if they can get through the next few matches unscathed, they will still be in line to finish in the top eight. All teams go through bad patches during the season and Maritzburg are having theirs now. At the top of the league table Gavin Hunt’s Supersport United still lead the chasing pack. What is interesting is the continued domination of our local coaches to perform at the highest level. One wonders if the so called big teams had employed the successful local coaches where our football would be today.

Overseas the team I support, Arsenal got it right against Chelsea with the in-form Robin van Persie netting a hat-trick in their 5-3 demolition of Chelsea. Arch rivals Manchester United beat Everton 1-0 away while Manchester City continued on their merry way opening up a five point lead when they beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 at home. All the big teams will acknowledge that the team going into Christmas at the top of the league holds a big advantage. It is not too far away. Manchester City and co will be aware of this. The same goes for the local sides!

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