Misfiring Chipolopolo striker Justin Shonga has received backing from his Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic.
Shonga, who has scored just two goals in 2019, has come under-fire from Pirates supporters; in-particular after his three glaring misses in Wednesday nights’ 2-0 home win over Black Leopards were he fired blanks in the full 90 minutes he played.
“Yes, misses have been there, but there are two roads – one, to put him in a hole and bury him, or to give him a hand,” Sredojevic said.
“Because I’m telling you now, if we are supposed to win anything, we need to appreciate the goals he has score in the past, the shape in which he is, and we need to stand with him.
“This is the difference between a supporter and a coach – supporters love players only if they are delivering, for us, they are our kids or players in good and bad. So, the power of coaching is exactly to extend a hand of support.
“It is very unfortunate that in several occasions he didn’t score, but I can assure you that all of us in the dressing room, including players and technical team, stand behind Shonga and each of our players, because for us they are the best in the world.”
Shonga has five league goals this season for the South African league leaders but last found the target on March 2 in a 1-0 away win over Golden Arrows.
His only other goal this year came on February 23 in a 4-1 home win over Amazulu.