Buccaneers start on a clean slate
TENDAI Ndoro’s departure to Saudi Arabian side Al Faisaly will give Ayanda Nkosi and Thabiso Kutumela an opportunity to stake a regular berth in Orlando Pirates’ attacking unit.
Pirates confirmed in a statement that they had “reached an agreement for the sale of the Zimbabwean international to Al Faisaly. Ndoro is due to undergo a medical in Saudi Arabia before the deal is finalised.”
Life without Ndoro started yesterday for the Buccaneers. The Zimbabwean, who was the club’s top goalscorer last season with 13 goals in all competitions, wasn’t part of the match-day 18 in last night’s clash with Baroka FC at Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Even though Ndoro (pictured) finished as Pirates’ top goalscorer, he leaves with a sense of having under-achieved as he looked certain to win the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot last season after netting a hat-trick on the first game of the season. But his goals, that came down like floods at first, dried up after he reached 11 in December.
The Buccaneers are in need of a consistent goalscorer if they are to make amends for their miserable showing in the last campaign.
Thamsanqa Gabuza is the club’s main centre-forward but in Nkosi and Kutumela they have mobile attackers who can trouble defenders with their pace like Ndoro did. But they will need to step up if they are to fill the void left by the Zimbabwean forward.
Kutumela and Nkosi made just 10 appearances combined in a tumultuous 2016/17 season. The lack of opportunities to prove their way denied them an opportunity to stake their claim in the starting XI.
Ndoro’s departure and life under new coach Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic – which means that everyone starts on a clean slate – is a perfect set-up for the pair to prove their worth and show that they have what it takes to improve the Buccaneers’ attack.