Arrows sign new strikers in bid to reach top 8
LOCAL seems lekker for Golden Arrows, as the club brings in more strikers in a bid to solve scoring problems.
The Durban side dispensed with Kenyan winger Cliffton Miheso and Colombian striker Mauricio Barrios and instead turned to more familiar players from the southern African market to fill the gaps.
Already on board is Zimbabwean striker Knox Mutizwa, on loan from Bidvest Wits until the end of the season, while Malawian international Chiukepo Msowoya is negotiating personal terms.
From the Cosafa region they are familiar with local conditions and should adapt quicker, reasoned coach Clinton Larsen.
Msowoya is no stranger to the PSL, having had a below par season with Orlando Pirates a few years ago.
However, the past two seasons he scored consistently in Malawi and he maintained that form on trial last week to convince Arrows to make him their final foreign acquisition.
All going well he would sign until the end of this term, with an option to extend thereafter, said Arrows CEO, Gordon Masondo.
“It was taking time for Barrios to adjust; we don’t really have time - we are hard pressed to get performances we desire,” said Larsen.
“Msowoya was the second highest scorer last season and he comes here with two good seasons behind him and so far he’s training well.
“Knox is not the biggest. He’s nippy, has quick feet, clean touches and is composed in one versus one situations,” said Larsen.
Msowoya will increase Arrows’ strike force from two to four, with Lerato Lamola and Sibusiso Sibeko being the other attackers.
“Scoring is a problem for most sides, so hopefully with at least four strikers there will be plenty of competition to bring out the best in them,” he added.
Arrows recently promoted winger Siphamandla Sabelo and defensive midfielder Thabani Zuke to the senior squad.
The coach is also keeping a close watch on the tournament in Gabon where he hopes his two Zimbabwean midfielders, Kudakwashe Mahachi and Danny Phiri, have great runs and return on form and without injury. The Warriors play their final match tonight, against Tunisia, with an outside chance of reaching the knock-out stage.
Arrows have targeted at least a top eight finish. Now in mid-table they have 20 points. With about 21 points in round two it should be enough to make the top half, added Larsen.
In building up to their first second round game, against Supersport United on February 4, Arrows tested match fitness in a friendly against NFD side Mthatha Bucks; this week they face local NFD side Thanda Royal Zulu and AmaZulu.