Thembinkosi Sekgaphane
Phakaaathi Digital Administrator
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6 Mar 2016
12:42 pm

No game time guarantee for Ndoro

Thembinkosi Sekgaphane

Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler say scoring goals does not guarantee striker Tendai Ndoro as starting berth at Bucs.

Tendai Ndoro(7) celebrates a goal with teammates of Orlando Pirates during the 2016 Nedbank Cup Last 32 match between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs on 05 March 2016 at FNB Stadium Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

The Zimbabwean striker has been able to deliver for Pirates every time he is on the field for the Buccaneers. He came off the bench to score a brace for Bucs against Mpumalanga Black Aces.

On Saturday, Ndoro spearheaded Pirates into the Last 16 of the Nedbank Cup by scoring a brace in Bucs’ 2-0 win over Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs. But Tinkler believes that there aspects of his game that Ndoro must improve on before he can be guaranteed a starting berth at Pirates.

“We have always known that Tendai has the ability to score goals, we see it in training every day. He himself has to recognise the fact that scoring goals is not enough in the modern game, you have to work hard for the team, both offensively and defensively. That is a part of his game that he has had to improve on, and he is now doing it.

“He has moved in the right direction but we can’t rely on him scoring goals every week, it’s a team sport and everyone needs to contribute,” explained Tinkler.

Ndoro said he will continue to support the strikers selected ahead of him, adding that he doesn’t expect any special treatment from Tinkler.

“If (Lehlohonolo) Majoro or (Thamsanqa) Gabuza is playing we need to support him, I am in the team, If Majoro scores, Pirates wins,” said Ndoro, who won the Man-of-the-Match award against Chiefs.

Ndoro has credited his teammates Mpho Makola and Sifiso Myeni for the goals scored against Chiefs.

“It is something from the training ground. I am now getting to understand playing with my teammates Mpho and Sifiso. When I run they know where they must put the ball and they expect me to put it in the back of the net,” concluded Ndoro.