Since this campaign, Arrows have produced exciting football and had a good run away from home, where they milked points off Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates.
Abafana Bes’thende has never fallen out of top eight bracket. They are currently occupying sixth position on the log.
_quote “We have done well under the circumstances. I think the good run we are enjoying is down to the support we are giving to our head coach Manqoba Mngqithi and his assistants. This rubs on the players who have shown once again that they can compete against others from so called big teams.
“I am happy with the developments but we still have to work hard to achieve our goals,” says Madlala.
Madlala, who also serves on the PSL finance committee, was quick to point out Abafana Bes’thende should not be judged by their failure to win cup competitions and league championships. This is their seventh season in top flight football.
“It’s unfair to measure the progress of the team by cup competition performance. We have seen teams do well in the cups, even reaching semis, but get relegated at the end of the season. Sometimes the cup games are about luck of the draw. What we are thriving for at Arrows is consistency.”
Asked how she was coping with the loss of her brother, Rocky, who succumbed to cancer last November, Mato said. “I must admit that it will never be the same; as you know Rocky was Golden Arrows in that he was hands on with everything concerning the club, particularly the playing part of it.
“Now that he’s gone, one has forged ahead, working on the foundation he laid. As you may be aware, most of the players that are in the team were recruited by him and they are delivering for the team.”
Madlala said she will sit down with her technical staff in the off-season to map out the future plans. If there are areas they needed to improve on, it’s the physical aspect of the playing personnel.
“We will need to re-enforce those areas as the modern football demands the players need to be well conditioned for the rigours and challenges of today’s football.”