Arrows hoping for Zothwane’s quick return

2009-01-01 00:00

The possible return of the elegant playmaker Papi Zothwane to full fitness will be a timely boost for Lamontville Golden Arrows who are already preparing for life without their influential midfielder and captain Kagisho Dikgacoi.

Zothwane has been training hard on his own after recovering from a knee operation, but will not be joining the rest of the team until at least the first week of January when the club’s medical team is expected to assess the player and give their verdict as to when he can join the rest of the squad.

“We are hoping that it should be sooner rather than later,” said PRO Zwelethu Mzolo. “He has been out of action for quite a long time and his return is awaited with keen interest,” he said.

“We are aware that other players like Kagiso Senamela in the midfield position have been doing extremely well. But everybody knows Zothwane and his influence on the game. He is a special player with special talents. Zothwane has the ability to win a game single handed and with due respect to other players, he has been sorely missed.”

Mzolo added that with reports of the possible departure of Dikgacoi to England where Premiership sides Fulham and Hull City are jostling for his services, the return of Zothwane will certainly boost them in that department.

There have also been reports hinting that Zothwane wants out of “Abafan ‘besthende’” and that both Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates have indicated their desire and willingness to enlist his services during the January open window transfer period.

But Mzolo scoffed at such reports and explained that as far as they are concerned, Zothwane remains their player and is contracted to the club until the end of the 2010 season.

This was also corroborated by Sundowns spokesman Mahlatse Mphahlele who explained that as far as he knows, the club has not indicated any interest in Zothwane.

But Mphahlele did not rule out the possibility of signing the player if and when the club feels he could be brought in to add value to the Brazilians.

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