Khuboni: We can still win the title


Arrows lost five out of the first six games, resulting in German coach Ernst Middendorp losing his job.

His replacement, the well-travelled Muhsin Ertugral, won his first match in charge, against SuperSport United in the Telkom Knockout Cup, but Khuboni reveals their focus is on the League.

“The coach told us before the game against SuperSport that it would be nice if we win, but that he really wants six points from our next two League games, against Free State Stars and AmaZulu,” he tells

“We still believe we can win the League title, but then we cannot afford any more slip-ups. We have to make sure we go into each game focused and bring back the three points.”

Arrows are currently in 13th place on the League standings with seven points from eight matches, and will be banking on a victory when they travel to Free State Stars this afternoon.

Asked about the major differences between Middendorp and Ertugral’s approach to the game, Khuboni says: “I think the previous coach wanted to change too much, and maybe that is why he didn’t get the results. Ertugral, however, encourages us to play our own game, and he just made a few minor changes to our structure.”

Khuboni was appointed club captain by Middendorp at the beginning of the season, and he admits that he sometimes fears that Ertugral will take the armband away.

“He [Ertugral] hasn’t said anything, but you know, sometimes I worry that he will walk into the dressing room and say that I’m not captain anymore. I really worry about that! But for now I am just enjoying the responsibility of leading this club.”