Arrows hope to win season opener

2013-08-01 00:00

THE 2013/14 edition of the PSL gets under way this weekend, and there is an atmosphere of expectancy hovering around the Lamontville Golden Arrows camp ahead of Saturday’s season opener at home to Ajax Cape Town.

The Durban-based club, after a disappointing season that had them fighting relegation to finish in 13th position, have gone back to the drawing board and brought in close to 20 new players as they look to bring back the days when Arrows were known as an attacking and attractive side capable of beating anyone on their day.

“We have brought in players to boost every position on the field except for goalkeeper and right back,” said head coach Manqoba Mngqithi yesterday.

The signings that stand out most are those of former Chippa United striker Welcome Qalanto (32) and fringe AmaZulu players Nkanyiso Cele and Dumisani Zwane.

“I don’t think it was a case of the team having to get in a better striker,” said Mngqithi of Qalanto’s acquisition. “I think the team just needed a facelift. Three years in a row, fighting relegation is not normal for this club.”

Speaking of the Ajax clash, Mngqithi said it was crucial for his side to start the season a positive note.

“If you start badly, the players are under pressure from the very beginning,” he said. “Historically, matches between Arrows and Ajax have always produced good football. We are both attacking sides, and I want to keep us an attacking side.”

With Ajax having also performed below expectations last season, this weekend’s clash presents both sides with an opportunity to drown their demons.

“I’m not saying that it will happen right away, but the squad we have now will be much stronger than the one we had last season,” said Mngqithi.

Saturday’s match kicks off at 3 pm and will be shown on SABC1.

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