Lamontville Golden Arrows coach Steve Komphela is still in the market for a centre back as Abafana Bes’thende brace themselves for their opening fixture of the 2019/20 Absa Premiership season on Sunday.
Arrows begin the new campaign with a KwaZulu-Natal derby against Maritzburg United at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Clermont. Komphela says he is not completely satisfied with his defence.
The search for a centre back is mainly due to the void left by Limbikani Mzava, who was out of contract over the winter and has since moved on to Highlands Park.
Nkanyiso Mngwengwe has also been on the injury list for a lengthy period, forcing the former Kaizer Chiefs coach to delve into the market, something Arrows does not always do.
Whoever the club does manage to sign will have a big job of trying to help Komphela and his technical team better the achievements of last season.
The Lamontville club finished 10th last year with 36 points and bettering that mark is what the coach has set his sights on this year.
Komphela is also forecasting another highly competitive season for all the teams involved. The Premier Soccer League recently raised the prizemoney for the South African championship, and although the Arrows boss did not feel the money would be a driving factor, he has still predicted a tight competition at all levels.
Recent matches between the two sides have been fiery affairs and assistant Arrows coach Mandla Ncikazi is not expecting anything less on Sunday.