Golden Arrows back WITH A BANG

2015-05-07 06:00
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Golden Arrows celebrate their promotion to the Absa premiership during the national first division matchSunday.

PHOTO: gallo images Golden Arrows celebrate their promotion to the Absa premiership during the national first division matchSunday.

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LAMONTVILLE Golden Arrows’ last week’s 1-1 draw against Cape Town All Stars at Chatsworth Stadium officially confirmed that another KwaZulu-Natal team is added to the top-flight football.

Abafana Bes’thende only needed one point to wrap it up as winners of the National First Division (NFD) and it was done in great style against the visiting Cape Town outfit.

Chatsworth Stadium became live, colourful and a festive venue with soccer followers from the nearby townships such as Chesterville, Umlazi, KwaMashu, Inanda, Newlands and Lamontville attending in their numbers to support Arrows.

The well-travelled and experienced striker Mabhuti Khenyeza said for Arrows to win the NFD title or spend just one season at lower ranks took a lot from the team.

The Howick-born Khenyeza, who decided to leave the flashy and expensive lifestyle in the PSL to join Arrows, feels wise guidance from the former Bafana Bafana top goal scorer Shaun Bartlett, their head coach and assistant Bheka Phakathi, former Orlando Pirates midfielder, was a big plus.

“Obviously these guys knew very well what it takes to be successful and kept us disciplined and focused.

“Bartlett and Phakathi worked as a team and father figures to young players,” said Khenyeza.

Khenyeza refuses to take the honours or be praised for helping and bravely guiding Arrows back to PSL.

“My aim was only to come back from PSL and help my old team to go back to PSL. I owe it to them, remember this team gave me a break to make it to the professional ranks 10 or 15 years ago when I joined them from Maritzburg City.

“To say I was a deciding factor is not fair at all to the team. It was not a one man band, we all work hard and desperately all wanted to go back to the PSL. We are glad we made it and again it was a team effort not because Mabhuti Khenyeza was there,” said Khenyeza.

Bartlett said NFD was tough and feel pressurised the entire season.

“It was not easy at all to be in the NFD. I thank everybody who supported us all the way, especially our families, supporters, players and management. Life is not easy at all at NFD for many reasons, but thanks God we made it.”

Meanwhile the race for the two play-off spots is still wide open as both Thanda Royal Zulu and Black Leopards secured crucial wins

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