GSV Grading The Deal; Golden Arrows

Abafana Bes'thende | Lamontville Golden Arrows
Abafana Bes’thende | Lamontville Golden Arrows
The Ultimate Prize | The ABSA Premiership Trophy
The Ultimate Prize | The ABSA Premiership Trophy

The 2015/16 Premier Soccer League season is now officially underway, while football fanatics from far and wide all experience the mixed bag of emotions that come with being an avid football follower in such entertaining times, we at GSV have served you up a little morsel for thought as we begin to approach the end of the transfer window. Dished out for your reading pleasure, we present to you GSV Grading The Deal, were all the ABSA Premiership clubs will have their acquisitions dissected with the view of shedding more light on the shady world of transfer dealings. Enjoy!

ABSA Premiership

Lamontville Golden Arrows

Signings

Innocent Zikalala

Transferred From: Orlando Pirates (Loan)

DoB: January 24th, 1983 (32)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Goalkeeper

Velile Zitha

Transferred From: Thanda Royal Zulu

DoB: July 9th, 1989 (26)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Stopper Defender, Cover Defender (Centre)

Gladwin Shitolo

Transferred From: Orlando Pirates

DoB: August 10th, 1989 (26)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Cover Defender, Stopper Defender, Ball-Playing Defender (Centre)

Tumelo Letuka

Transferred From: Free State Stars

DoB: September 4th, 1988 (26)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Fullback, Wingback (Left)

Khayalethu Mjoli

Transferred From: Natal United FC

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Anchorman, Ball-Winning Midfielder, Box-To-Box Midfielder

Quincy Ngcobo

Transferred From: Sobantu Shooting Stars

DoB: May 3rd, 1990 (25)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Box-To-Box Midfielder, Ball-Winning Midfielder

Mfundo Ngwazi

Transferred From: Free Agent

DoB: December 10th, 1992 (22)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Box-To-Box Midfielder, Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker

Kwanele Hlongwane

Transferred From: Natal United FC

DoB: August 10th, 1994 (21)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker, Trequartista

Jabulani Ncubeni

Transferred From: Thanda Royal Zulu

DoB: December 18th, 1992 (22)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Winger, Attacking Midfielder (Left, Right)

Edgar Manaka

Transferred From: Platinum Stars

DoB: May 10th, 1989 (26)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Forward, Trequartista

Tebogo Masaole

Transferred From: Orlando Pirates (Loan)

DoB: September 15th, 1989 (25)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Advanced Forward, Complete Forward, Poacher

Rodney Ramagalela

Transferred From: Mamelodi Sundowns (Loan)

DoB: January 10th, 1989 (26)

Nationality: South African

Position/s: Advanced Forward, Complete Forward, Target Man

Mwape Musonda

Transferred From: Orlando Pirates (Loan)

DoB: November 8th, 1990 (24)

Nationality: Zambian

Position/s: Advanced Forward, Complete Forward, Target Man

The Grand Stand View

Newly promoted sides are known to strengthen their rosters upon their return to the premier league, where competition is fierce and the sheer buying power of some clubs makes it harder to compete for a club with more limited resources and lesser profile personnel. The return of Lamontville Golden Arrows to the elite division, where they belong, has coincided with a reshuffle in personnel on and off the field; a new gaffer is bound to bring in with him a different set of ideas on how to play and most importantly, who to play.

Arrows earned their rite of passage back to the big time off the back of some brilliant performances by a largely youthful and extremely entertaining football side that would give a few sides in the Premiership a run for their money; one hopes that the new signings will blend in well with the young contingent in KwaZulu-Natal and afford their great football institution an opportunity to cement their place in the league they used to call home. The players already acquired by the club in the off-season will be eager to endear themselves to a demanding support base that has cried out for their club to return to its roots of breeding young players in the Premiership while competing against the more illustrious clubs, and ensuring that they live up to their nickname of Abafana Bes’thende by playing some great attacking football while they are at it.

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