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Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen says a top eight spot is theirs to lose

Posted: 2 April 2017 Time: 09:34

Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen says it'll take a huge collapse for his side not to finish in the top eight after beating Highlands Park yesterday at Princess Magogo Stadium.

Goals from Zimbabwean duo Knox Mutizwa and Kudakwashe Mahachi got Arrows over the line against the Lions of the North in their quest to finish in the top eight for the first time since the 2008/2009 season.

It was also a third win on the spin for Larsen's side in all competitions for the club which were on top of the log in September as they jumped one spot to sixth on the standings, taking the place of Polokwane City and reaching the 30-point mark.

The former Bloemfontein Celtic coach, who was also named Coach of the Month in August/September, reveals afterwards that dropping out of the top eight will take a huge slide from his team but maintains that they still need to keep on fighting until their spot is assured.

"I think we've been there in the top eight the entire season so it's going to be very hard on us to drop out of the top eight with eight games to go," Larsen told reporters after the game.

"We got to keep doing what we've been doing, fighting for every point that is available.

"I think we said it a couple of weeks ago that three places to play for. I heard another coach said the same thing that it's position six, seven and eight and there's six or seven teams fighting for those three positions and we are one of them.

"In order to grab one of those positions it's going to mean picking up points and I just hope with eight remaining games we can continue to put points on the board."

The Wentworth-born coach says he has been impressed with how quickly striker Mutizwa has adjusted to his team since he joined the club in the January transfer window on loan from Bidvest Wits.

The 23-year-old's goal yesterday was his third this season with all having been netted at the same venue.

Mutizwa, who seemed to be in happy space as he's reunited with Mahachi whom he played with at junior level for Zimbabwe, was released by the former Mamelodi Sundowns winger and was not in a forgiving mood as he slotted home past his compatriot Tapuwa Kapini.

"Knox is settling in nicely and I was actually surprised how quickly he settled at the club," said Larsen.

"Usually players coming, especially from outside of the country, it takes a few months to settle. But he hit the ground running when he got here, he has formed nice partnerships with Mahachi and [Lerato] Lamola in particular."

Abafana Bes'thende next visit Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup Last-16 on Saturday at Lucas Moripe Stadium.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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