Jabulani Shongwe keeps his eye on the ball during a Premiership match with Lamontville Golden Arrows. Photo: Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

DURBAN - Lamontville Golden Arrows midfielder Jabulani Shongwe has revealed that he would love to extend his stay with Abafana Bes’thende.

Shongwe is on loan at Arrows from PSL champions Bidvest Wits until June. But his contract with the Clever Boys expires then.

The left-footed midfielder has made an instant impact since joining Arrows at the start of the season.

Speaking exclusively with the Independent Media, Shongwe expressed his desire to remain with the coastal club.

“I would love to stay (with Arrows) but I have left that to my manager who will sort it out. My priority is to deliver the goods for my team. At the end of the season when my contract expires I will sit down with Arrows and discuss the way forward," Shongwe said.

"But I would love to continue playing for them. I’m happy at Arrows and I’m enjoying game time. Right now though my focus is on contributing in the team. We will discuss my contract in June,” Shongwe elaborated.

Arrows are in the throes of fighting relegation, Clinton Larsen's team positioned 12th on the log with 27 points after 24 matches. They are a mere three points above the play-off 15th position occupied by Ajax Cape Town.

But Shongwe is confident that his side will survive relegation come the end of the season: “It is not nice to be where we are as a team. Arrows deserve to be in the top eight. It is difficult to be at the bottom. 

"We’ve told ourselves that we will fight until the end of the season. The league doesn’t end with 24 matches. There’s still six more matches to be played. We have to fight until the end. I’m sure and I’m confident that we will not get relegated.”

Arrows will face difficult matches as they will come up against teams that are challenging for the league title.

The Durban side face Cape Town City, Kaizer Chiefs, Free State Stars, Mamelodi Sundowns, Maritzburg United and bottom of the table Platinum Stars in their last six league matches.

“As much as they are fighting to win the league, we are also fighting to avoid relegation. It won’t be easy, our opponents are on form but we’ve beaten some of these sides when we met in the first round. Even at that time they were still on form. We haven’t given up. They have to work hard to their points because we want them too.”

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