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Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen on Wayde Jooste and Kagisho Dikgacoi ahead of KZN derby with Maritzburg United

Posted: 26 October 2016 Time: 14:42

Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen says Wayde Jooste always had the potential to become a top player, while he is still deciding whether to field Kagisho Dikgacoi in the KwaZulu-Natal derby.

Larsen snapped up Jooste, Lerato Lamola and Vuyani Ntanga from his former club Bloemfontein Celtic in the off-season, with Jooste since netting thrice for the joint-log leaders.

The 24-year-old scored in league victories over Celtic and Cape Town City, as well as with a superb free-kick in the 2-1 loss at Orlando Pirates in the Telkom Knockout on Sunday.

"Wayde always had the potential to be become a top performer in the Premier League," Larsen tells KickOff.com.

"The reasons I brought him to the club was because I saw that potential and what I like most about him is his professional attitude. Wayde is the ultimate professional when you talk about first into training and last to leave. He takes care of his body, his nutrition, every single aspect of behaviour like a professional sports person and Wayde embodies all those elements.

"So it was really a simple decision for me to make him to come here and we are starting to see signs of him fulfilling that potential. But Wayde is not even half way where he needs to be. He’s still got a lot of improving and he knows that too, and when he starts to see the best of Wayde he’s going to develop into a top, top professional."

Meanwhile, Larsen says marquee signing Dikgacoi is nearing match-day squad contention after finalising his return to the club earlier this month.

The ex-Abafana Bes'thende skipper is working on his fitness following his exit from Cardiff City in August.

"We also still have the decision to make whether Dikgacoi will be part of the squad and we will probably do that tomorrow. There’s a likelihood because he has been doing very well at training, he’s pushing himself and he wants to play which is always good. Yeah, we will have a close look at him tomorrow… he trained well this week and we will take it from there."

Lamola and Lehlohonolo Nonyane also face late fitness tests for Friday's clash with Maritzburg United after missing the Bucs game with injuries.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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