Golden Arrows’ rejuvenation this campaign has given coach Mandla Ncikazi and the team ample reason to believe they can achieve anything they set their minds on.
Ncikazi’s troops have certainly punched above their weight in the 2020/21 season – soaring as they have managed to win seven of their 15 DStv Premiership matches with seven draws and a single defeat.
They are a formidable force under Ncikazi and few would have tipped ‘Abafana Bes’thende’ to be where they are [third on the log standings, three points adrift of the leaders Mamelodi Sundowns] after they finished the 2019/20 campaign outside the top eight in 12th place with 34 points.
Despite all the plaudits, Arrows are not getting carried away – although they are, of course, happy that at the halfway point of the current season, they are two points away from reaching the 30-point mark, which almost guarantees top-flight football next season.
“I am just proud of this team, proud of these players, the effort that they are putting in without complaints,” said Ncikazi.
“It is good that the club is scoring, it is good that we are within our objectives. I just want this team to continue the way they are working and let’s see where it takes us. But I am really proud to be in front of this team.”
In their most recent league game, Arrows beat Stellenbosch 3-1 at Danie Craven Stadium with Michael Gumede netting a brace.
“I am happy for Michael, he has gone through a lot in his life and for him to score two goals, humble as ever, hard working as always,” added Ncikazi.
“At least there is an understanding between him and Knox [Mutizwa] and it is good for the team when we have two strikers, best strikers working hand in hand, I just hope they continue doing that so other players can learn from them.”
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