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'Larsen transformed my game'

Posted: 20 June 2018 Time: 18:00

Sandile Zuke says Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen swiftly transformed his game by filling him with confidence.

Arrows signed Zuke on a two-and-a-half year deal from Chippa United in January following a serious Achilles injury to fellow central midfielder Danny Phiri.

And the Kaizer Chiefs academy graduate reiterated his value in 14 league appearances for Abafana Bes'thende.

"Only hard work I can promise Arrows next season. I always believe through hard work anything is possible," Zuke tells KickOff.com.

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"We have to work hard, we have to persevere and keep on pushing, that's all. I've got two seasons left with Arrows so I'm still around.

"I have to say this, coach Larsen is one of the best coaches because he managed to transform my game in a way that I didn't expect it. He instilled confidence in me.

"But I feel things went well because we managed to get a top-eight spot in the process. Even though it wasn't easy he kept on believing in us, kept on motivating us, and it worked at the end of the season."

The 31-year-old expects Arrows to better their eighth-place finish in the Absa Premiership in 2017/18.

"It's going to get better because we'll spend more time together in the pre-season," he says.

"We'll work on improving how we played and we'll be better prepared. I can assure we'll achieve more than what we achieved last season."

Larsen's side will get their 2018/19 campaign underway against league champions Mamelodi Sundowns in the MTN8 quarter-finals in Pretoria in August.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala

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