Golden Arrows CEO, Gordon Masondo, has praised the team’s young players for their performances and contribution to the club’s 2016/17 Absa Premiership season.
Arrows finished the season in eighth place on the PSL log, following the impressive 2-1 win for Clinton Larsen’s side over Orlando Pirates in their last game of the season. The team came close to reaching the final of the Nedbank Cup, as they lost to Pirates in the semi-finals of the prestigious competition.
“It’s been a fairly good season for us because we reached the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup and finished in the top eight. For that, I believe we can be counted among the best teams in the league.
“The first thing that we wanted to achieve and managed to do successfully so was to incorporate our young players from the MultiChoice Diski Challenge team to the first team. We managed to promote about eight boys from the MDC to the first team.
“I’m talking about Sibusiso Sibeko, Nduduzo Sibiya, Nkosingiphile Gumede, Siyabonga Dube, Siyanda Dlamini, Thabo Molefe, Velemseni Ndwandwe and Ricardo Goss.
“The boys came in and fitted well with the first team. That helped us a great deal because we suffered injuries to many of our senior players at the beginning of the season. The boys we promoted were the ones who carried the team through. At one stage, we were at the top of the log with these boys playing. It was (a) great experience for the boys and for us the administrators and technical team in that when you see that something will work for you, don’t doubt it.
“The second thing that we wanted to achieve and successfully did was to do well in the Nedbank Cup. Although we would have loved to go all the way to the final of the competition, we still managed to reach the semi-finals. We lost against a better team. We all know that Orlando Pirates is a big team with a squad full of talented players.
“The third achievement for us was to finish in the top eight. By doing so, we ensured that we will be counted among the teams that will play in the MTN8 competition next season. That will be great for us as it means that our youngsters will get more game time with playing in all the different cup competitions in the PSL,” said the club’s CEO.
As the team will be preparing for next season, Masondo has thanked those that are involved in the progress of the club.
“I would like to thank the Madlala family for giving us the opportunity of being part of their investment. Also, on behalf of the club, I would like to thank the families of everyone who is involved in our set-up. They are the people who have been praying for us to be where we are.
“We are thanking everybody, from the ladies in the office to the groundsmen and not forgetting the security personnel and everybody. By the grace of the living God we achieved all the things we achieved,” concluded Masondo.
The former Mpumalanga Black Aces administrator confirmed that in line with Abafana Bes’thende’s approach for integrating youth in the team’s set-up, the KZN outfit will be hosting trials for U21 players on Saturday, 03 June.
The trials for players born on or before 01 January 1997 will be at the Moses Mabhida Outer Fields from 09h00. Players are required to attend the trials with a valid original ID, their own playing kit and boots, as well as the refreshments they will require on the day.