Arrows strengthened - Coach Harrison signs eight new players in the transfer window

2014-02-05 00:00

IT will be difficult to recognise the Golden Arrows side that takes to the Loftus Stadium pitch in tonight’s PSL clash against Mamelodi Sundowns in Pretoria.

The club, bottom of the log and with much to improve on if they are to avoid relegation this season, have signed no less than eight new players in the January transfer window and coach Mark Harrison confirmed to The Witness yesterday that as many as five of them are in line to start tonight.

Having conceded more goals than any other club this season, defensive recruitments were always going to be a priority for Harrison. The English boss has recruited 23-year-old Ghanaian centre back Seth Owusu from Ghana Premier League outfit Heart of Oak in what appears his major coup, while Nambian Chris Katjiukua has also been added to bolster the last line.

In midfield, Harrison has secured Manti Moholo and William Twala on loan until the end of the season from Orlando Pirates, while there is another Namibian joining the ranks in Deon Hotto.

Striker Bonginkosi Ntuli has been Arrows’ one positive this season, and he will now have support from Zambian international Festus Mbewe.

Historically, foreign players have taken a while to acclimatise to the PSL, but time is something that Harrison doesn’t have as he looks to move up the PSL table.

“Ideally I’d like them all to play a part. The new signings seem to be gelling nicely and I am hoping this is a fresh start for us,” Harrison told The Witness yesterday.

Harrison has also bolstered his goalkeeping department with 41-year-old Arthur Bartman coming out of retirement where he is likely to deputise for Ryan Harrison.

“It is not an easy scenario, coming back in after not playing for a while,” Harrison said of Bartman. “He’s very experienced and we brought him in to stabilise the goalkeeping department. With him and Ryan, we now have two quality keepers.”

Former Maritzburg United attacking midfielder Rudolf Bester is also back after recovering from an eight-week spell on the sideline with damaged ankle ligaments.

Turning his attention to tonight’s clash, Harrison was aware that his charges were going into the match as massive underdogs.

“Nobody is really giving us a chance and we are going into the match with our backs against the wall before the whistle has even blown,” he said.

Abafana Bes’thende will approach the match with caution, looking to keep out a side that has scored more goals than any other club in the league this term.

“You have to go to Sundowns and look to keep them quiet in the first 20 minutes,” said Harrison.

“Hopefully as the game goes on we can slowly get a foothold and then you never know what can happen.”

The match kicks off at 7.30 pm and will be televised on SuperSport Select.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.