Golden Arrows coach, Clinton Larsen, hopes Frank ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango’s stint with the South African Absa Premier Soccer League strugglers can solve the club’s attacking impotence.
Larsen told Kick-Off magazine Sunday that his side could have won their league clash against Bidvest Wits on Saturday, but they missed a string of chances and went down 1-0.
Larsen hopes the arrival of Mhango on loan from Wits will help unlock teams in the final third. Larsen coached the Flames striker while at Bloemfontein Celtic.
“I just think that in the number 10 role, we are little bit thin,” Larsen said.
“We don’t have another player there; Mabhudi Khenyeza, Rodney Ramagalela and Mwape Musonda are out-and-out strikers. [Kudakwashe] Mahachi is not a number 10, he is a winger; so it is a position where we are lacking at the moment.”
Arrows lost 1-0 at Chatsworth Stadium, their fourth League defeat in a row as they dropped out of the top-eight and Orlando Pirates leapfrogged them after beating University of Pretoria 1-0.
“You can play well but when you don’t stick the ball over the line [then you cannot win]. Today, we had four, five great chances,” Larsen complained.
“Mabhudi Khenyeza’s header [hit the upright], Ramagalela [denied by Moeneeb Josephs from six metres] and Mahlatse Makudubela hit the crossbar. I mean four, five very good opportunities …”
Mhango is set to start training with Arrows Monday after Celtic terminated his contract for penning a three-year pre-contract with Wits.