Golden Arrows’ U17 hit bull’s-eye

2010-10-19 00:00

LAMONTVILLE Golden Arrows’ U17 head coach, Siyabonga George Khanyile­, has attributed the club’s Engen U17 Knockout Challenge success on the weekend to a “wonderful combination” of technical staff.

Khanyile’s young lads, the youth team of the Premier Soccer League side Arrows, thrashed Hammarsdale-based Junior Aces 3-0 in the final­ of the tournament at the Wentworth grounds in Durban on Sunday.

Khanyile works alongside two retired Arrows players as his technical staff: former midfield star Lucky “Y2K” Sibeko and goalkeeper Musa Langa.

Appearing for the first time in this annual tournament, Arrows surprised many as they easily brushed aside opponents on their route to the final.

“We have been working hard to get where we are. This is a result of wonderful combination of our technical bench. We complement each other very well.

“This win motivates us as the coaches and the players to keep doing well,” said Khanyile, who was one of the players who worked hard to ensure that Abafana Bes’thende gained promotion eight years ago.

Arrows’ goals came from Andile Mafikizolo, Lizwi Dludla and Khulekani Khanyeza, the son of the club’s goalkeeper-coach, Moses Skebhe Khanyeza­.

The Arrows lads were presented with a R10 000 cheque, gold medals and a trophy for their effort.

Khanyile said that the national U20 coach Khabo Zondo, who was present at the tournament to spot talent, was impressed with some of the Arrows players.

Arrows’ goalkeeper Sicelo Cele was named best goalkeeper, Josua Chickarica (Westville Academy) won the best defender award, Sinethemba­ Mkhize (Aces) took home the top striker award, Sbusiso­ Sibeko (Arrows) top scored with eight goals while team-mate Brendon Parusnath was voted best player.

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