Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen pleased with win over Ajax Cape Town and MDC triumph
Posted: 27 February 2018 Time: 09:48
Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen enjoyed a good day at the office when the club collected the Reserve League trophy and beat Ajax Cape Town to ease their topflight relegation fears.
Arrows' second team signed off their triumphant MultiChoice Diski Challenge campaign with a 2-0 win over Bidvest Wits at Umlazi Stadium on Sunday. Vusumuzi Vilakazi's side claimed their second MDC title in three seasons with a record 35 points.
On the same day Larsen's men edged fellow Premiership strugglers Ajax Cape Town 1-0 via Limbikani Mzava's 27th minute strike from the spot at Princess Magogo Stadium.
“Firstly congratulations to the Diski team. They were magnificent this season and I think they fully deserved winning the league title two out of three seasons,” Larsen said.
“But it was a collective effort like I said before. All the coaches worked with the team and so do they with the first team. Congratulations to all the coaches and players involved for that achievement.”
Meanwhile, Larsen was pleased with his side's defensive discipline against the Urban Warriors in KwMashu, Durban.
“It was a very good first half, I felt we started off very well. We put them on the back foot and really bossed the game but we needed the second goal in order to have a cushion and build a bit, but we didn’t get it.
“What I was so happy about was the way we managed the remainder of the game after scoring. I thought the discipline defensively was exceptional.”
Abafana Bes'thende, who are five points above the drop zone with eight matches left, had only won one of their previous 18 games in all competitions.
Larsen, however, feels they have been playing decent football and hopes they get rewarded for their efforts when they face another team fighting for their survival in Polokwane City this Sunday.
“The sad part has been we are playing decent football and the results have not been coming,” he added.
“So we needed to back up these strong performances with three points. This is going to give them a lot of confidence moving forward to know that feeling of winning again.
“It’s been a long time to have that feeling and it’s going to be great at training leading up to the Polokwane City match. Hopefully they’re in the right spirit to take Polokwane on and fight for those three available points.”
Lehlohonolo Nonyane and Nkanyiso Mngwengwe are expected to be back from injury for the game, but Siphelele Magubane is doubtful with a knock sustained against Ajax.