Arrows winger pained by setback

Fikizolo only made two starts against Orlando Pirates and Free State Stars in December before being ruled out for the rest of the campaign with a broken foot sustained in training.

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Larsen relied on the likes of Velemseni Ndwandwe, Kudakwashe Mahachi (now at Orlando Pirates), Nduduzo Sibiya and Danny Venter on the flanks in the absence of the 24-year-old, who has since made a full recovery. 

"The injury I had, it absolutely hampered me badly because I couldn't finish the season. What is more worse is I had the problem of I wasn't at the point of playing all the matches," Fikizolo tells  

"So it is when I was starting to regain my form back and starting and then things turned out the worse for me to get the injury. It really hurt me a lot, so much. It didn't go down well with me.  

"Now I'm done with the rehab and now I'm fully recovered. We opened for the pre-season, which was on Monday, and I'm back training with the team. So I'm looking forward to the new season. 

"Hopefully my heart will quickly accept that I was injured and play football again. But it won't be easy after five months without playing football and staying at home."    

The former SuperSport United man, who has spent three-and-a-half seasons with Arrows, adds: "Luckily I'm still young and before the off-season I had already started my pre-season.  

"But all I can say is I'm prepared to fight and play. I think I'll get my focus back knowing things are not the same and I have to start afresh and revive my career." 

Abafana Bes'thende will open the 2018/19 season against Mamelodi Sundowns in the MTN8 quarter-finals away in August.