We will come back stronger – Larsen

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Despite Polokwane City being rooted at the basement of the Absa Premiership table, coach Clinton Larsen is adamant his side will avoid the chop.

Things have not been rosy for Rise and Shine, who are at the bottom with 13 points same number as Cape Town City, who are based on second from bottom.

Larsen recently joined City and was on the bench when the men from Limpopo succumbed to their 10th successive defeat of the season at the hands of Mamelodi Sundowns in their last fixture of 2019.

Larsen says Rise and Shine will go into the transfer market in order to beef up their squad.

“Come end of the season, I don’t think we will be in this position. We are very thin at the moment. We won’t make excuses for it but everybody can see,” said the former Manning Rangers midfielder.

“We will definitely strengthen in the window and come back strong. We are very close to securing one or two already for January. I am very positive that if we add to what we have, we will come back a stronger force,” said Larsen.

One of the areas Larsen is looking to bolstering is central defence where they showed vulnerability this season.

Though Polokwane are wobbling Larsen is confident that his men will put on a great fight in the second round. Last season Larsen helped Chippa United beat their relegation woes after taking over halfway through the season.

Polokwane City lost 1-0 to Mamelodi Sundowns in their last match of 2019.

“It’s not a role that I that I choose. The club has asked me to come and do a job so I will do it to the best of my ability but it’s a challenge that I really relish. I believe and I am confident in my ability to turn things around.

“What I am happy about is the effort from the team. With 15 games to go, I was in a similar situation with Chippa United last season. I believe if we keep fighting like this and make a few additions which we possibly will in January, I think we will be stronger in the second round,” said the former Bloemfontein Celtic and Golden Arrows coach.

Ironically, Polokwane’s first encounter in 2020 will be a home fixture against Larsen’s erstwhile side Chippa at Peter Mokaba Stadium on January 4.

Chippa are six places above Polokwane with four points separating the two.

By Hosea Ramphekwa

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