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Pirates' new hope

By unknown | Jan 16, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Orlando Pirates coach Rudi Krol was not gambling when he put his new recruit Katlego Mashego in the starting line-up against Maritzburg United on Wednesday night.

The Dutchman knows what the former SuperSport United danger man is capable of, and Mashego did not disappoint when he scored the clincher for his new team against United.

He impressed on his debut despite having spent less than 24 hours with the Buccaneers.

Mashego now carries the hopes of Pirates and The Ghost when Bucs entertain their nemesis Lamontville Golden Arrows at Johannesburg Stadium tomorrow at 8.15pm.

The last time Pirates tasted victory over Arrows in the Premiership was way back on May 12, 2007 when they emerged 2-1 victors.

But with the likes of Mashego on board, Pirates are likely to break the jinx.

"I saw him [Mashego] at training [on Tuesday] and I was highly impressed with his work rate. He is a good player and I'm happy to have him on board," said Krol after their match against United.

Mashego said he was not surprised to be in the starting line-up because he was ready to play.

"It would not be like a train smash if I didn't start the match or play at all," said the adored forward in a post-match interview.

Mashego is thrilled and motivated to have joined a big club like Pirates and wants to help them to accomplish their goals.

Mashego is not the only one who is happy, but Pirates suppoters are equally excited that he is a Buccaneer.

Dikgang "Terminator" Mabalane is another player who should torment Arrows.

Like Teko Modise, the Bucs talisman, Mabalane has pace, can dribble effectively and is also a good passer of the ball and Mashego should benefit a great deal from him.

Manqoba Mngqithi's side go to Johannesburg in high spirits after their 3-0 routing of Santos in their last match.

Siyabonga Sangweni, Richard Henyekane and Philani Shange were on target in that encounter, and they have a vital role to play against Bucs who have loaned out Tlou Segolela to Bloemfontein Celtic until the end of the season.

l Wounded Santos and Bidvest Wits will try to save face when they meet each other at Athlone Stadium tonight at 8.


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