DURBAN - Lamontville Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen wants to see stability at Abafana Bes’thende. Larsen joined Arrows in the middle of the season in 2015/16. In his first season he finished ninth and in the past two seasons Arrows registered top eight finishes.
“What is important for us is to be a consistent top eight team. We are starting to prove that we can be. Again this season we want to try and achieve that and finish inside the top eight. Last term we finished seventh and you know the whole story with Ajax Cape Town, they pushed us down to number eight. That goes to show how fine the margins are. We will be very happy with fifth, sixth or seventh in the new season," Larsen stated.
Arrows were relegated in 2013/14 but have kept their PSL status for the past three seasons. “For us it is about continuity and steadily growing the team. We have to improve the team season by season. I think we’ve seen that progress as a young team. We are improving all the time. We are happy with the direction the team is moving in,” he added.
“If you look at our team coming from the NFD, I think we’ve brought stability in the team. That stability for me, it is the most important thing for a small team with limited resources. That’s something we can build on. I think that’s the joy we get as a club to say, we’ve got stability and let us push on now. We’ve achieved so much and we want to get better," Larsen said with a smile.
Arrows have produced good young players over the years. “We also get a lot of joy from seeing young players coming through. Players like Nduduzo Sibiya, Siyabonga Dube and Conco (Sboniso). That excites us to give them the opportunities than just going out to sign players for the sake of just signing. What excites us more is giving these young boys an opportunity. The most important thing now is to integrate these Diski players with the senior team," an ambitious Larsen stated.
“We are not busy in the transfer market like the other teams. We have a Zimbambwean and Nigerian on trial. The Zimbabwean is the left back and the Nigerian is a striker. Other than that we will not be signing. We are looking to promote our young players and give them an opportunity before we can look outside."
In the spirit of #MandelaDay, we donated soccer kit to Bantuvukani Primary School. Receiving the donation yesterday at the KZN Premier's Cup launch was the Principal of the school, Mr Mbuso Sosibo. pic.twitter.com/mq6nFp6d0h— Golden Arrows FC (@goldenarrowsfc1) July 18, 2018