Ar­rows sign new strik­ers in bid to reach top 8

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - KAMLESH GOSAI

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.

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