Cape Town - Golden Arrows coach Steve Komphela has praised the impact
made by his debutants in the 1-0 victory over Maritzburg United on Sunday.
Komphela handed starts to new signings Edmore Sibanda, Ntako
Makhubela and Lindokuhle Mtshali, who were all making their first appearances
in the South African top-flight.
The Abafana Bes'thende mentor shared what he believes each
player brings to the team and highlighted their individual strengths.
"Our debutants I thought did extremely well, they never
showed any sign of coming from lower divisions, which tells you about the
quality of that division and the quality those players have," Komphela
"Gumede was very calm, good use of the ball gets in
front of the defenders, useful in the air, can play on the ground, has the
physical side and a great personality.
"Mtshali can see spaces, very intelligent, reads where
the spaces are, and also Makhubela is more of a fantastic player who you would
want anytime. When they want to have fun, he gives you that, he can chase the
ball, and it's rare to find such a player who is good on and off the ball. In
the air, he can keep the ball and strike too.
"We must give credit to Arrows for identifying these
Komphela also hailed the contribution of Gladwin Shitolo,
who is on loan from Orlando Pirates.
"Shitolo showed his experience both in defence and
midfield. There was no shakiness, he brought calm and Sibande also came through
in my opinion, dealt with aerial balls very well."
Arrows' next game is against Bloemfontein Celtic at Dr
Petrus Molemela Stadium on Sunday.