Larsen, Ncikazi named Arrows coaches Deep etching

2015-12-16 06:00
Mandla Ncikazi, who was fired by Maritzburg United following poor start to the 2015/2016 season, will now be assistant coach to Clinton Larsen, who also coached the Team of Choice between 2013 and 2014.PHOTO: file

Mandla Ncikazi, who was fired by Maritzburg United following poor start to the 2015/2016 season, will now be assistant coach to Clinton Larsen, who also coached the Team of Choice between 2013 and 2014.PHOTO: file

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CLINTON Larsen is the new coach of Lamontville Golden Arrows after his appointment was confirmed over the weekend.

The 44-year-old replaces Serame Letosaka, who quit the Durban club last week and was subsequently named as the Bloemfontein Celtic coach on Thursday. That position at Siwelele was vacated by Larsen just a few days earlier.

“Lamontville Golden Arrows would like to announce that Clinton Larsen has been appointed as the new head coach at the club,” a statement from Abafana Bes’thende read.Larsen, born in Durban in 1971, has a history in the football fraternity as both player and coach.

“Having begun his playing career in 1991 for Crusaders United, he moved to Manning Rangers who he represented from 1992 until 1999, then again between 2001 and 2003 and for Orlando Pirates from 1999 to 2001. During his first stint at Manning Rangers he represented South Africa on two occasions in 1997.

“After retiring from playing, Clinton made the cross over to coaching, with his first appointment being at Bloemfontein Celtic from 2010 to 2013. His career has seen him coach Maritzburg United and Roses United between 2013 and 2014 before once again returning to Bloemfontein Celtic until recently. Larsen did well at Celtic at the beginning of the season, laying a solid foundation for their 2015/2016 PSL campaign.

“Clinton has achieved a number of goals while at the respective clubs including winning the Telkom Knockout with Bloemfontein Celtic in 2012, achieving a Top 5 finish in the PSL for the club in the same season, a first ever for Bloemfontein Celtic and was nominated as Coach of the Year while at Celtic. As a player he was in the team who won the Vodacom Challenge and PSL Title while with Orlando Pirates as well as winning the inaugural PSL Title in 1996/1997 while with Manning Rangers. He has been an ambassador for KZN Tourism, represented South Africa in both the National Football Team and SA National Beach Soccer Team.”

Apart from the appointment of Larsen, Arrows also confirmed the re-signing of Mandla Ncikazi as his assistant in Lamontville.

Ncikazi was at the helm of Maritzburg United at the start of the season, his first such role, but a poor start to the campaign lead to his departure.

The Arrows statement added: “Joining Larsen as assistant coach will be Mandla Ncikazi.

“Well known in the football fraternity, Ncikazi has served under Manqoba Mngqithi at Lamontville Golden Arrows when the team qualified in the top 8 and then won the MTN 8 in 2008, Duncan Lechesa at Polokwane City and was also understudy to Steve Komphela at Free State Stars and Maritzburg United. He was appointed head coach at Martizburg United shortly after Kompela left the club. He has served terms with Banyana Banyana as assistant as well as a brief stint as head coach of Nathi Lions.

“While previously with Golden Arrows, Mandla’s role included head of development at the club, and helped set up the structure that has seen many successful young international players come out if it stables, including Ricardo Goss, Sibusiso Sibeko, Siyabonga Dube, Bonginkosi Ntuli and Adile Fikizolo to name a few.

“We welcome both coaches to the team and wish them well during their stay with us.”

The pair will sit on the bench for the first time together on December 19 when Arrows entertain Polokwane City in the Absa Premiership at Chatsworth Stadium.

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