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Clinton Larsen backs Kagisho Dikgacoi to play key role for Golden Arrows

Posted: 31 October 2016 Time: 17:27

Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen admits concerns over Kagisho Dikgacio, but is confident the midfielder's second coming can produce "amazing things" for the club.

Dikgacoi scored in his second debut for the club, after returning to the PSL from England, during the Kwa-Zulu Natal derby against Maritzburg United last Friday.

The former Crystal Palace midfielder was let go of by Championship side Cardiff at the end of August, and has returned to his former employers packing a few extra pounds.

Larson admits that the 31-year-old has some work to do regarding his fitness, but expects big things from the former Bafana Bafana stalwart through the rest of the season.

"Everybody can see that 'KG' is probably at 60 or 70 per cent [fitness] right now, but you know he brings exactly what he did in the first half," said Larsen. 

"First 30 minutes of the first half he got more onto the ball and made us play, and he got into the box and he had the presence of mind [to score].

"I think a fit Dikgacoi is going to do amazing things for Golden Arrows."

Meanwhile, Abafana Bes'thende have suffered a few injury setback to key players, who Larsen cannot wait to welcome back as they look to continue their promising start to the campaign.

"We just can’ t wait to have [Lehlohonolo] Nonyane and [Lerato] Lamola back, because we have been missing them," added the KZN-born tactician.

"We had a makeshift left-back with [Wayde] Jooste – our winger, as [Clifton] Miheso played at the back, and he did a brilliant job.

"We are a very thin team but we have to make do with what we’ve got, and as soon as they come back, along with a fully fit [Kudakwashe] Mahachi and KG, I think we will be lot stronger.’’

The former Bloemfomntein Celtic coach also explained why he used Dikgacoi in a more advance role rather than his usual anchor role in midfield.

"That was just our game plan on the day, to give him that free-role and not to put too much defensive responsibility on him," he said.

"There were moments where he dropped deep into our half and one of [Danny] Phiri or [Musa] Bilankulu would push on higher, so that was the tactical plan.

"But we would rather have him, when he is fit enough, in that deeper role so that he can initiate build-ups from a lot deeper for us."

Arrows will next welcome a struggling Platinum Stars outfit at the Princess Magogo stadium on Wednesday evening, as they look to maintain pressure on Kaizer Chiefs.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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