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Khenyeza Makes Guardiola Comparison Over Poor Arrows Form

Lamontville Golden Arrows coach Mabhuti Khenyeza says their current poor form is learning experience for himself as a coach and the players.    

The club has lost all their last eight matches, and they were rewarded the three points and the 3-0 by the PSL after Moroka Swallows was found guilty of not honoring their match against Arrows late last year before the Africa Cup of Nations finals.  

Swallows’ reasons were that the players held a standoff because they wanted to be paid before Christmas, which was not in their contract as club chairman David Mogashoa, leading to the game not going ahead along with that against Mamelodi Sundowns.  

“That is the only way to gain experience,” replied Khenyeza when asked by iDiski Times if these losses may impact the team to have a mental block. 

“Because where can you buy an experience in football? Situations like these are the ones in which you gain experience as a player and as a coach. We learn from this.  

“You look at other coaches who are coaching abroad – they have gone through this; they have had this experience in their careers.  

“Everyone talks about Pep Guardiola. Go back. Now I’m giving everyone an assignment and see how Pep started.” 

Manchester City coach, after he was appointed by Barcelona in his first heading coaching role in the top flight ahead of the 2008/09 season, lost his first game against Numancia and that was followed by a draw against Racing Santander.  

After that, Barcelona picked their way up, winning nine league games on the bounce to go all the way and win the Spanish La Liga title in his first season. 

“I think he lost about six games in a row (sic),” Khenyeza added. 

“What I’m trying to say, is we are embracing a situation like this – from my side and the players because this experience will build me as a young coach and young players because whenever someone is successful, you still have a way to go in your career.”  

Khenyeza, who was appointed as club coach in September following the departure of his coach Vusi Vilakazi to Chippa United, has overseen 19 matches – winning seven, losing 10, and drawing two.  

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To make matters worse, Arrows face TS Galaxy in the Nedbank Cup round of 32 at Mpumalanga Stadium on Friday (19:00). They lost to them 3-1 when the season resumed this past weekend at Mbombela Stadium.  

“If you dwell too much on the game, on the game you played and you lost, you have a game in two days, you will have a problem if you focus more and worry about it. I can’t help the situation,” said Khenyeza. 

“I need to be positive and think about what we can do to change the situation.”  

Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala is iDiski Times' KwaZulu-Natal-based web journalist. Boasting extensive experience in the South African football landscape, Robin-Duke has previously worked for Kick-Off Magazine, Soccer Laduma, and Daily Sun and Sunday Sun. He specialises in breaking news and transfers around South Africa’s big clubs in KZN.