Absa Premiership

Larsen refuses to comment on Mathiane 'long ball' criticism

2019-02-28 14:23
Clinton Larsen (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Chippa United head coach Clinton Larsen has shrugged off criticism from Golden Arrows skipper Trevor Mathiane, insisting that his focus is on his current club.

The 48-year-old joined the Chilli Boys in January after parting ways with Abafana Bes'thende at the end of 2018.

Larsen has enjoyed a successful time at Chippa, steering his charges to a seven-match unbeaten run, including five victories.

However, after last Friday's 1-1 draw between the two sides in question, Arrows captain Trevor Mathiane took the opportunity to hit out at the tactics of his former coach.

"I think with Larsen we were not playing the way we play now with Steve Komphela," Mathiane said.

"Steve is a coach who likes us to play football. Not long balls. With Larsen we were playing a lot of long balls other than football. It did not suit us."

When asked to comment on Mathiane's claims, Larsen opted to take the high road, refusing to criticise the 30-year-old.

"I know nothing about what Trevor said. I am not going to pay attention to it at all," Larsen told Sowetan Live.

"Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. My focus is on Chippa.

"It's very important as a coach to respect everyone in the game.

"I had a wonderful three years at Arrows and I will forever be thankful for the opportunity the chairperson of the club [Manto Madlala] gave me."


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