Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen opens up about the competition between the goalkeepers
Posted: 7 July 2018 Time: 17:00
Golden Arrows head coach Clinton Larsen says third-choice goalkeeper Sherwin Naicker will have a role to play in the first team in 2018/2019.
The 27-year-old shot-stopper, who is training with the club despite his contract expiring last month, was restricted to MultiChoice Diski Challenge football last term.
He will hope to win the battle for game-time at Abafana Bes'thende this season against Maximilian Mbaeva and Nkosingiphile Gumede.
"Sherwin is training with the team," Larsen told KickOff.com.
"So, he's been here from day one pre-season and he is looking good, and we are looking forward to the season ahead."
Asked if the keeper's contract was going to be renewed, Larsen said that was for the club's chairlady Mato Madlala to decide.
"Well that department is my chairlady's department. She deals with the contracts, so from my side I have not heard that he is not going to be part of us. And the player also has not said to me that there are any problems, so I am assuming that everything is on track. And like I said, he is training very, very hard and looking forward to the season starting."
Asked if Naicker's good performances in the MDC will boost his chances of challenging for the number one jersey in the senior team, Larsen said: "Exactly! That's what he's been brought to the team for, to compete with the Mbaevas and Gumedes. This season you will see him playing a bigger part in the first team because we have also other goalkeepers we'd like to give an opportunity in the MDC.
"Unfortunately last season they were not on the level that we needed to compete in the MDC, hence we used Sherwin for the entire season. But this season he is going to be competing with Mbaeva and Gumede for a starting berth in the first team."