Larsen out to end winless run


Abafana Bes'Thende last tasted a win in September last year against Platinum Stars, when Kudakwashe Mahachi converted a penalty in the last minute as Larsen’s men registered a 1-0 victory. 

It’s been 12 games without a win since then, the longest winless run for Larsen in his time at Arrows.

They are currently in 10th place on 18 points from 16 games, four points ahead of bottom of the table Bidvest Wits. 

SuperSport, who were beaten 2-0 by Wits on Wednesday, are on a run of seven matches without a victory. It’s a game both sides desperately need to win. 

“I think any team that goes five, eight, nine games without a win starts to be concerned because you don't want to go so long [without a win],” Larsen tells 

“We've been through this bad patch before and now we want to turn it around and go on another run of games unbeaten like we did previously. 

“We hoping this is end of our bad run. We know every team goes on this bad run. You talk about AmaZulu, to Ajax Cape Town, to Platinum Stars, to Supersport going through five or six games without a win. Maritzburg United also went through it.  

“So a lot of teams are going through this and it is important to get a win.”    

Larsen, meanwhile, has confirmed midfielder Jabulani Shongwe is set to return after the missing the last four matches due to a knee injury he picked up against Cape Town City.

Defender Nkanyiso Mngwengwe is back from suspension after missing the last league match against Bloemfontein Celtic.

Tough-tackling midfielder Sandile Zuke, signed from Chippa United, is set to make his debut on Sunday. 

“Shongwe was injured and he's finally back to full fitness and he's competing for a place in the team,” Larsen says. 

“Nkanyiso Mngwengwe is back from suspension. At this stage we only got Danny Phiri and Andile Fikizolo out with [long-term] injuries.”