Pirates snap up Shonga

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MORULENG, SOUTH AFRICA – JUNE 13: Justin Shonga of Zambia and Andile Jali during the International friendly match between South Africa and Zambia at Moruleng Stadium on June 13, 2017 Moruleng, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Orlando Pirates have apparently signed Zambia international striker Justin Shonga.

This was not quite confirmed‚ but just about‚ when Pirates’ chairman Irvin Khoza on Tuesday said that a new player would be at Bucs’ training on Wednesday‚ but could only reveal the signing’s name as “Justin”.

Pirates have been linked to 20-year-old forward Shonga‚ out of contract at Nkwazi FC‚ last year’s eighth-placed Zambian Premier League finishers.

In a 1-0 defeat against Cape Town City at FNB Stadium a week ago where Pirates were missing regular centre-forward Thamsanqa Gabuza it was notable how Bucs had no cover for that crucial position.

This especially after the sale of last season’s club top scorer Tendai Ndoro to Al Faisaly in Saudi Arabia in the off-season. Khoza was asked about Pirates’ lack of depth at striker.

“If you go to the training tomorrow (Wednesday) there is a new player.

“I’ll just give you the first name‚ which is Justin‚” Bucs’ chairman said at the club’s launch of a new vehicle sponsor‚ Ford‚ at Orlando Stadium.

“He is joining the coach (Milutin Sredojevic) as a striker. Because today is about Ford‚ that’s why I cannot give you the full name.

“We are forever trying to energise the coach‚ because we know it’s not an easy job – it’s a tough job. There is a lot of expectation. But we must give the coaches the necessary support.

“We are building a team. It’s not going to be easy this season. We are hoping for the best. And maybe next year we will be able to see the results of the building we have started.

“But if the coach is energised it rubs off on the players. And in the team there are no holy cows. Players need to know that they earn their jersey.

“And the players need to understand that this brand must be respected‚ and that the team makes sure that we do what the people expect from all of us.”

Bucs appear to have beaten Mamelodi Sundowns‚ who had also been in the running to sign Shonga‚ to the striker.

The Zambian has scored four goals in eight games for his national team. – SowetanLIVE

6 COMMENTS

  1. JC, he maybe injured.. consideration in a team is based on recent form. Taking a break based on an injury is precautionary. I think he is what Pirates need. The guy is such a predator. I hope its true

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  2. Useless player. Just busy getting drunk instead of practicing and keeping in shape. I hope he has read what Kalusha wrote about being a player with a short career.

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  3. By the way Orlando Pirates won that game 1:0 they did not loose the game to Cape Town City. Report accurately please

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  4. South Africa is indeed a competitive league but what kills their game is every player wants to be the best and this leads to failure as a team. I saw this when Mbesuma was playing for Orlando Pirates. Mbesuma was in the open but could not be given the ball by a South African and he missing on point blank. Jealous? Ego? I don’t know! For the young man, my piece of advise, for you to succeed you need to fight for the balls and score.

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