Golden Arrows’ Abafana Bes’thende

Golden Arrows Football Club returns to the Absa Premiership for the 2015/16 season after bouncing back at the first time of asking from the National First Division.  Something of a sour taste was left in the mouth when Abafana Bes’thende failed to renew Shaun Bartlett’s contract, despite the former Bafana Bafana striker leading Arrows to promotion.  Serame Letsoaka has been appointed as the man to oversee the club’s first season back in the big time.

Founded in 1943, as Ntokozo Football Club, they played in the now obsolete National Professional Soccer League in the 1970s until they were relegated in 1976.  Thereafter, they found shelter in the Second Division until 1980.  In 2000,  the club won promotion to the Premiership by winning the National First Division Coastal Stream.

The club claimed its first major win in 2009 when they won the MTN 8 in a merciless massacare against Ajax Cape Town, won 6-0 under then coach Manqoba Mngqithi.  The coach departed for AmaZulu before returning to Arrows but failed to repeat any former glories.  Abafana Bes’thende has already signed Khulekani Madondo for the new season and will be looking to further bolster the ranks before kicking off its season with a home fixture against the University of Pretoria on National Women’s Day.