Clinton Larsen not surprised by Golden Arrows' MultiChoice Diski Challenge team
Posted: 18 February 2018 Time: 08:00
Golden Arrows head coach Clinton Larsen is not surprised the club is within touching distance of winning a second MultiChoice Diski Challenge trophy.
Arrows need a win from their final two games in the Reserve League to emulate their MDC triumph in 2015/16 under current coaches Vusi Vilakazi and Papi Zothwane.
Abafana Bes'thende plan to get the job done when they face Orlando Pirates at Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa today.
Bucs, Maritzburg United, Bloemfontein Celtic and Ajax Cape Town are the other teams with an outside shot of spoiling the party for the Durban-based outfit.
Larsen has revealed how the club differs from the norm when it comes to training sessions.
“We train as one team. I know a lot of people may not know this but every single player that is in the Diski team trains with the first team every single day,” Larsen says.
“I think we are the only club in the league that does it, I may be wrong. But I know some of the other clubs where they have two, three or four young players join in with the first team. But with us the entire season's group of 34 players train with us every day and that has made a difference. You can see in terms of the fitness, the tactical understanding, the tactical development of the players has improved.
“We are very proud of what we see from them and that is the reason why we throw them in the first team because I don’t have to go and ask coach Vusi Vilakazi or coach Papi Zothwane on how they are doing.
“They train with me every day so I can see it for myself and when the time is right we give them the opportunity to play. As a club we are very, very proud.
“We’ve still got two very tough games. We had a chance to wrap it up against Ajax Cape Town and we didn’t but we got two very difficult games still to play. We can wrap it up in the next game and I hope that they do.
“The fact that we are on the verge of winning the Diski two seasons out of three means that the club is doing something right.
“Bear in mind we are not a buying club. These players are the future of the club and probably in the next two to three years 70 percent of these players will form the core of Golden Arrows in the PSL team.”
Larsen's point about Arrows promoting from within rings true when considering this season alone they have fielded Velemseni Ndwandwe, Mzwandile Buthelezi, Sphamandla Sabelo, Romario Dlamini, Thabo Molefe and Siboniso Conco in the Absa Premiership.
Larsen is also tempted to throw Thabani Zuke into the mix. The 19-year-old was part of Thabo Senong’s Amajita side that won the COSAFA U-20 Championships late last year in Zambia.