“SUCCESS IS TO WIN TROPHIES AND THAT IS HOW YOU MEASURE YOURSELF AS A TEAM AND AS THE COACH.”
(Above) Larsen feels Kuda Mahachi and Nduduzo Sibiya are crucial components in his Arrows project.
The late Joseph Henyekane and Mzuvukile Tom were scintillating, with Mngqithi tweaking his system by using Joseph in an advanced role, as he was a more forward-thinking full-back than the battling-weary Tom. Joseph’s older brother, Richard “Kimberly Express” Henyekane, who sadly also passed away in April 2015, provided the goals as he scored twice in that famous final. Nhlanhla Zothwane and Thanduyise Khuboni were commanding shields who would sit in front of the defence to track back runners when opponents tried to catch them on the counter-attack. It was a golden time in the history of Arrows, and Larsen says he wants to bring back the “S’thende” style. But for that to happen, players to perform those roles are needed and that is what the club is working towards. “Firstly, you need to understand: do you have the players to play the way Papi Zothwane did in his day?” Larsen quizzes. “If you look at this team, it’s different altogether. But if you look at the improvement from the previous season to last season, anybody that has watched us can see the progress in the way we play. We are an exciting team that has a lot of speed. “We are trying to get back to the traditional Abafana Bes’thende style, but the key is to keep adding players that suit that brand of football and we’ll keep trying to improve on that. “It can’t happen over night, but that is the direction we are moving towards. The Nduduzo Sibiyas, the Kuda Mahachis ... looking at those type of players, they are the ones that can bring that style back, but we need more of those type of players to get there.”