‘Iron Lady’ wants top honours


“I was disappointed at our finish in the league last season. Overall we played well, but there were times when we failed to maintain our consistency, especially in some crucial games.

“I expect my team to do much better this season as we have laid the foundation and now its time to start achieving the results, and win some silverware,”

Arrows were in fourth position with five games to play last season; then they were hit with a spate of injuries and suspensions and ended up losing and drawing three of their remaining games.

Madlala has certainly kept the media guessing during the transfer window season.

While the squad has been having its pre-season camp in Secunda, she has kept a shroud of secrecy around some Brazilian players who have been at the club on trial, as well as other new faces that she may have brought in.

Reports have it that five or six new players both locally and from overseas have been brought in to bolster all departments.

The Lamontville outfit begins their 2008/09 Absa Premiership campaign with what could be a tough battle against Orlando Pirates at Chatsworth Stadium next week Saturday.

Madlala is likely to be without midfield playmaker Papi Zothwane for the opening match.

She confirms that Zothwane had been involved in a motor accident but was unable to say when he would recover and rejoin the team at training.

Arrows coach Manqoba Mngqithi says he respects Pirates but wants to make amends for last season immediately so that he can finish the campaign in a top eight position, but Bucs’ new Dutch coach Rudi Krol has stated openly that his prime target this season is to lift the Premiership trophy and he will need to get off to a good start or else lose face in front of the Ghost.