Golden Arrows coach Steve Komphela happy to run away with Mamelodi Sundowns' points


Golden Arrows coach Steve Komphela is well aware of how precious his side's 3-2 win over defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns was on Sunday.

Arrows overcame poor and rain-soaked conditions at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium to grind for a very important three points on a very heavy pitch that wasn't conductive to good football.

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Komphela said beating Sundowns was even better than gold as it's the kind of satisfaction that makes you feel like you've achieved something that was impossible.

"Listen, a point in the PSL is golden and this is beyond platinum," he said.

"Three points against Mamelodi Sundowns, who are a great side as well, with coach Pitso fighting tooth and nail to get points.

"Because you can see what's happening, there are other teams running away with their points."

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Both sides tried to keep the ball on the ground and Komphela said his players deserve credit for taking that risk in very tough conditions.

"There were stages where we thought 'can we play here' but compliment must be given to the players for being very stubborn and playing under these conditions," he added.

"It's rare to find people who want to play the ball on the ground when it's wet like this. It's rare to find people wanting to start at the back when there's an element of risk in such conditions. But Arrows did that.

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"Now one says 'goodness me if they can do it under these conditions, what more when you are coming across an environment that is more able and willing, can they continue?'

"I think beyond the match it was a nice test mentally for them, to stay true to their way of playing."