New era awaits Golden Arrows as foreign coach appears in the pipeline

2010-07-08 00:00

A NEW era awaits Lamontville Golden Arrows this coming season with possibility of starting a new life under a foreign coach, following the departure of Manqoba Mngqithi who has since joined Durban rivals AmaZulu FC.

Adding to anticipation that has engulfed the Arrows camp is news that key players, defender Siyabonga Sangweni and defensive midfielder Thanduyise Khuboni, might not be lost as they seek greener pastures.

The duo, who were part of the Bafana Bafana squad that participated in the World Cup, have attracted interests from top local clubs and the European market.

They both told The Witness that their future with Arrows lay in the talks being held by their agency, Prosport International, and the club management.

Sangweni (28), who has earned nine caps and has one goal scored in a pre-World Cup clash against Bulgaria at Soccer City, said. “I can confirm that some Gauteng clubs have engaged my agency about my services. There’s a possibility that I might try out overseas, though I don’t know whereabout overseas.”

Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns are said to be keen on the tough defen­der from Empangeni and are prepared to fork out lots of money since he still has two years left in his contract with the Lamontville side.

Khuboni (24), who impressed many in his single World Cup appearance against France, said: “I have been told that an overseas move is being organised for me. I still have a contract with Arrows, but I would love to further my career overseas because the opportunity seems to have presented itself.”

The players’ agent Mike Makaab promised to have full information on his clients’ destinatons once the World Cup is over.

Khuboni’s star has risen since making his Bafana Bafana debut in the Zimbabwe friendly at Moses Mabhida Stadium before the World Cup.

He has proven to be the perfect replacement for Kagiso Dikgacoi (now with English Premiership side Fulham) as evidenced by earning three Bafana Bafana man of the match awards during the friendlies.

Abafana Besithende chairperson Mato Madlala has made no secret about enlisting the services of a Serbian coach as Mngqithi’s replacement.

The new coach’s identity will be unveiled at a media briefing from where other developments will be unpacked.

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