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Clinton Larsen says Mabhudi Khenyeza must work harder

Posted: 1 March 2016 Time: 08:51

Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen says the reason why veteran striker Mabhudi Khenyeza is not making the team is because he is not working hard enough.

The 33-year-old missed this past weekend’s win against Platinum Stars, and is reportedly keen to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Khenyeza last featured for the first team in the 1-0 loss to Bidvest Wits on 6 February, and Larsen says they reason for that is because he is not offering them enough.

“Mabhudi is not doing enough to warrant a starting place at the moment or be in the 18-man squad, and we choose our team on merit,” the coach says.

“And if you are not working hard enough and other players are, we’ve got a very competitive striking force, we got [Ryan] Chapman, we got [Mwape] Musonda. 

“If Mabhudi is in the team one of them will be out and they will not be happy about not making the team, so he is just one of the other players. There is no malice towards him, so he’s got to keep working hard and fight for his place in the team.”

Khenyeza has scored two League goals for the club this season, but has not netted since Larsen coach took over late last year. 

When ask if the player has mentioned to him that he wants to leave, Larsen responded: “I don't know anything about that, but we need every player until the end of the season.”

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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