Harrison faces exit as Arrows bag win

2014-02-10 00:00

SOMETIMES, luck just isn’t on your side. Golden Arrows coach Mark Harrison is likely to be sacked by the club this week after being in talks with chairperson Mato Madlala since Friday to discuss his future.

As a result, Harrison was absent from the bench in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Polokwane City and he had no part in selecting the side for Arrows’ first win in six attempts.

It all suggests that the outcome of these talks has already been decided.

Assistant coach Shaun Bartlett was in charge of the side at King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday, when two Thanduyise Khuboni penalties and a last-gasp winner from Rudolf Bester gave Arrows a crucially important win, though they remain at the bottom of the PSL table.

Arrows had gone behind through a rare Puleng Tlolane goal, and Khuboni then slotted his two spot kicks to give the home side the lead.

Sphesihle Nzimande scored a penalty for Polokwane with what seemed to be the final goal of the game, but Bester popped up with a cool finish in the final stages to send a Harrisonless bench delirious.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, Arrows media officer Vusi Vilakazi confirmed the Harrison situation.

“The talks have been ongoing since Friday and this is why the decision to take him off the bench for Saturday was taken,” he said. “The team is not winning games and it is up to the coach to explain why and to provide a solution.”

Vilakazi added that he was not sure when a decision from Madlala would be made.

A notable absentee from the Arrows team on Saturday was Harrison’s son and goalkeeper Ryan Harrison, who was signed by the club towards the end of last year. Vilakazi confirmed that a thumb fracture is what kept the shot-stopper out, and Ryan Harrison’s place in the line-up was taken by veteran 41-year-old goalkeeper Arthur Bartman.

Arrows are next in action when they travel to Goble Park for a date with Free State Stars on Saturday.

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