Larsen heads back to Nigeria
BLOEMFONTEIN Celtic coach Clinton Larsen will return to Nigeria in two weeks' time for another look at players he has been scouting at local club Sunshine Stars.
Larsen was in Nigeria last week with assistant coach Boebie Solomons, and said they liked what they saw. He is believed to have been watching winger Ajani Ibrahim and defender Godfrey Oboabona, both of whom have featured in recent Super Eagles squads.
Larsen and Solomons will return in a fortnight for another assessment of the players, after which they will make a decision on whether to push for a transfer.
"They have a couple of interesting players at Sunshine Stars and we saw enough to make us want to go back there and take another look," Larsen said. "I am not sure yet whether we will make a move for them, we will have to wait and see."
Celtic are in camp in Johannesburg looking at a number of triallists, some of whom already have PSL experience.
"We have got Lyle Lakay here, the former SuperSport United and FC Cape Town winger," Larsen said.
"We also have Mzwanele Mahashe, the former Bidvest Wits defender. And we had ex-Kaizer Chiefs defender Dominic Isaacs joining us from Friday for a few days. It is a busy time."
Lakay, who is still only 21, is a junior international and was once touted as one of South Africa's rising stars while at SuperSport. He was the chief destroyer for FC Cape Town as they stunned Kaizer Chiefs in the Nedbank Cup in 2010.
Mahashe spent last season on loan at National First Division side Mpumalanga Black Aces, and has since been released by Wits. Isaacs looks to have ended his lengthy trial with Ajax Cape Town as boardroom dithering meant he had yet to be made an offer.