Khuboni: We will be better under Harrison

Lamontville Golden Arrows captain Thanduyise Khuboni believes the club will play better football under new coach Mark Harrison.

Arrows will face Orlando Pirates in the Telkom Knockout on Wednesday night.

The English boss, Harrison replaced Manqoba Mngqithi last week after the latter handed in his resignation following a troubled start to their Absa Premiership campaign.

After 10 days in charge, Khuboni feels that changes are already being seen at the Durban club, who put aside their league woes to advance to the quarter-finals of the second major cup competition of the season when they upset Bidvest Wits 3-2 in Johannesburg on October 4.

"Mark is a kind of coach that wants us to play football," Khuboni said. "He doesn't like players to kick the ball for no reason.

"He likes us to hold on to possession and tire the opponents out in order to make us stronger and them more tired. That way we can have a better chance of punishing them. So we can expect to see much more possession football going forward."

Abafa Bes'thende are currently 13th in the league after a start to the campaign that has seen them lose four out of six games and also hold the worst goal-per-game ratio of all 16 clubs - they have netted just three times so far.

But that was all swept under the carpet when they matched their season 'goals for' league tally to surprise the Students.

Now they have the Buccaneers, who beat Mpumalanga Black Aces in the opening round, within their sights for the Orlando Stadium meeting.

"We're expecting them to come at us because it's a home match for them," Khuboni said. "They'll also be even more hungry after losing one final (the MTN8) this season.

"Their supporters will be right behind them too. But even us as a team, I believe we're good enough to beat them. We have a good team, we have a good strategy and we can handle them."

The Bafana Bafana midfielder did admit that a strong cup run could also be crucial to their league turnaround.

"It's very important for us to do well in the competition because as we all know we are not in a very good league position," he explained. "So doing well in the Telkom Knockout will only help to lift spirits and improve the confidence when we get back to the Premiership."

Part of Arrows' woes this season has been down to their lack of experienced players within the squad with Khuboni one of just a handful currently on the books.

The others are Mzuvukile Tom, Norman Smith, Siyanda Zwane, Rudolf Bester and Jabulani Nene, while Joseph Musonda has not featured this term.

The skipper admitted they were a bit thin, but felt the youngsters had the ability to turn them into a formidable force over the coming seasons.

"Yes, we do have a lot of youngsters here and we're still a work in progress," Khuboni added. "That's because these players are still learning and developing.

"I believe in three or four years time we will have a very strong team. These guys need a little bit more time to adjust, once that happens you'll see a stronger Arrows team."