Koketso Ramorei
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15 Oct 2015
2:19 pm

Troughton: Bacela not at his peak

Koketso Ramorei

University of Pretoria coach Sammy Troughton has conceded that former Orlando Pirates striker Lennox Bacela is yet to settle at the team. 

Lennox Bacela of University of Pretoria. ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Bacela joined Tuks in the previous transfer window and has not featured for the Tshwane side in their previous three outings. Troughton has indicated that he might give Bacela a run in their Telkom Knockout last-16 clash against the Buccaneers tomorrow evening at the Orlando Stadium. 

“Lennox has competition upfront,” said Troughton. “He has not really managed to get game-time. The criteria that we have is that we look at players in training.

“Atusaye Nyondo has done well for us for a long time. Thabo Mnyamane has done well for past couple of seasons in his preferred position as a striker. So, Lennox is obviously pushing those guys, but he hasn’t fitted in as easily as we had hoped he would. We are still working on that but he is still in contention for a place.

Troughton added that Bacela, who has been featuring for the Tuks MultiChoice Diski Challenge team, has taken time to gel with the squad.
“It happens all over the world,” said Troughton, “big signings sometimes they dont find their feet quickly, some don’t find their feet at all.

“We had hoped for Lennox to find his feet quicker, we are still getting to know each other but he is in contention for a place.”
Bacela declared that he is ready.

“It boils down to the fact that I didn’t join the team early enough to do the pre-season with them,” said Bacela, “I also think I rushed into the first game of the League against Golden Arrows.

“But I am looking forward to getting a chance and play against Pirates.”