Arrows join PSL big boys table

Premiership

Lamontville Golden Arrows clocked a landmark 600 league matches to become only the eighth club to reach that mark in the history of the PSL era.

The home draw against Bloemfontein Celtic in their last outing was the KwaZulu-Natal outfit's 600th league game played since their first against Santos back on August 9, 2000.

That game against Santos finished 1-1 with Siyabonga Khanyile scoring the first ever league goal for Abafana Bes’thende, who had already played a two-legged Rothmans Cup preliminary round tie against African Wanderers.

In reaching this milestone, Arrows now join Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, SuperSport United, the now defunct Bidvest Wits, Bloemfontein Celtic, and Moroka Swallows in surpassing 600 league games since the start of the PSL in 1996.

Back when they arrived in the PSL at the turn of the new millennium, Arrows had Khanyile, Francis Chansa, Leslie Langa, Tsepo Malgas, Nhlanhla Mncube, Bheka Phakathi, Sheldon Roux, Lucky Sibeko, Thembinkosi Ncube, Musa Mntakwende, Sibusisio Mkhize, Manqoba Mkhize and Jason Lakay as the regulars who put in a shift of at least 15 games that season.  

In their first year, they ended ninth with Chansa the star man in a season which Ngcebo Sibiya and Moses Khanyeza ran the rule from the touchline.

Since making their PSL debut in 2000/01, they went on to play topflight football for 14 years in a row until they were relegated at the end of the 2013/14 campaign.

They lasted just a season in the first division and were back on top for the 2015/16, and have been present ever since to amass a total of seasons in the premier division.

Under Mandla Ncikazi this term, Arrows look set to better their best ever finish of fifth, which they have twice achieved before. They are third at present, having already secured a top eight finish.

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