Clinton Larsen realistic about Golden Arrows' limitations
Posted: 31 January 2018 Time: 16:00
Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen admits he doesn't have a team that will win the league, but likes the direction they're heading in.
Arrows surprisingly topped the Premiership standings for three weeks earlier in the season.
However, they have slipped to 10th on the table with 23 points from 19 games - 12 points adrift of leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, and six above the drop zone with 11 matches left.
Larsen, though, maintains he sees an improvement in his young side, who are unbeaten in three outings following a 2-2 draw with Baroka last time out in KwaMashu.
"I see growth in this team with the ever improving style of play that are we trying to implement at the club," said Larsen.
"I keep saying, Rome wasn't built in a day. We got new players in the team like young boys [Velemseni] Ndwandwe who's coming to the fore slowly but surely. [Mzwandile] Buthelezi as well in defence, so we are happy with what he's doing at the club in terms of continuing to give young players an opportunity and also being competitive.
"We'll not be a team that will win this league but we did say from day one that we'll compete and take on the best teams. And I think if you look overall this season, nobody just walked us off the park. Even in the games where we lost by two or three goals... it could've been different.
"We are happy with the direction that we are going, we are not happy with the results, too many draws yes. But like I've said before, take away those goals and we'll be rock bottom."
Meanwhile, Larsen explained why he replaced the club's joint-top scorer Kudakwashe Mahachi with Lerato Lamola at the break against Bakgaga. Mahachi scored his fifth goal of the campaign in a recent 1-0 victory over SuperSport United, which ended a 12-game winless run for the Durban-based outfit.
"Mahachi's sub was tactical. We wanted to win the game, we wanted to go with two out-and-out strikers [with Knox Mutizwa] hence we introduced Lamola," he said.
"We felt that we didn't have the numbers in the box and it paid off in the end... It was Lamola whose shot that was saved and Knox Mutizwa followed it up. So it was just a tactical change."
Abafana Bes'thende next host neighbours AmaZulu at King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday (20h15).