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Absa Premiership award winner Clinton Larsen backs Golden Arrows players for Bafana recognition

Posted: 11 October 2017 Time: 08:40

Golden Arrows boss Clinton Larsen hopes his Absa Premiership Coach of the Month award means his players are also garnering attention and knocking on the door of the national selectors.

Larsen won the accolade yesterday for steering his side to three wins and two draws in August/September, with Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune picking up the equivalent prize for players.

The Abafana Bes'thende boss, whose unbeaten side are second on the table with 13 points from seven games, won the same gong last season.

"I wouldn't say it's my priority but it makes us proud if your players get call-ups for the national team or PSL awards, and the only way for that to happen is through consistent performances," Larsen tells KickOff.com.

"It's also through consistent results and if we keep achieving these things I'm sure the national team coaches will be looking at players from our team.

"I mean, we've had some good performances this season. We just hope the boys keep working hard and hopefully they'll be rewarded for their performances.

"We have got a lot of talented players and I'm sure not in the too distant future a lot of them will get an opportunity."

Larsen has impressed since taking charge of Arrows in December 2015, guiding the modestly-assembled outfit to a top-eight finish in 2016/17 and their first ever Nedbank Cup semi-final.

The former Bloemfontein Celtic mentor says he is happy at Durban and has not been approached by rival PSL outfits.

"No, no, I haven't been approached by anybody. I think people are very ethical and club bosses are very ethical," he says when asked if other teams have sounded out his availability.

"They wouldn't approach me because I'm contracted to Golden Arrows.

"Maybe when I'm out of work one day I would be approached, but for the time being I'm happy at Arrows and the team is doing well.

"To answer your question, I have not been approached while I'm here by anybody."

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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