“SUC­CESS IS TO WIN TRO­PHIES AND THAT IS HOW YOU MEASURE YOUR­SELF AS A TEAM AND AS THE COACH.”

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(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.”

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