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LAMONTVILLE Golden Arrows coach Manqoba Mngqithi blames the PSL for his team's failure to collect maximum points in their games.
Arrows have become draw specialists after playing to six draws in the league and Mngqithi is not happy.
During the post-match interview after yet another draw against Maritzburg United on Saturday, Mngqithi lambasted the PSL for postponing the MTN8 final to October 24.
"I am not worried about the fact that we are not winning but I am concerned because clearly the focus is not up to scratch.
"I feel that the players are not committed because they think of the final. It is in the nature of a player to lose focus when there's a final ahead as they don't want to get injured," he said.
"The issue of the final is letting us down. The subconscious of the players is not up to scratch. If I don't lose many games towards the final, I will be happy. But at the same time I know I would be getting total commitment from the players if the final was not this far. It is taking too much from the players."
His sentiment was echoed by United coach, Gordon Igesund.
"I must admit that Mngqithi is 100 percent correct. I told my players that Arrows could be thinking of the final and will not be as aggressive and as committed as we know them to be and we have to take advantage," he said.
But Igesund was happy with his charges. "We were tactically disciplined, especially in the first half. I knew that if we were able to close them down, we would frustrate them. We did that well," he said.
Richard Henyekane scored in the 64th minute for Arrows while Felix Obada equalized in the dying minutes.