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Tshepo Gumede wanted tougher challenge at Orlando Pirates

Posted: 3 February 2015 Time: 17:17

Orlando Pirates defender Tshepo Gumede says he left Platinum Stars in search of stiffer competition and to reach a higher level in his career.

Gumede says the decision was a tough one, and took some time to consider, but ultimately he settled for a team that would offer him a realistic challenge for game-time.

“I wanted a stiffer challenge, and to be able to compete at the highest level,” says the central defender, who will face exactly that in Bucs’ experienced defensive area in Rooi Mahamutsa, Siyabonga Sangweni and Ayanda Gcaba.

“Firstly, I have to put as much pressure on them [Mahamutsa, Sangweni and Gcaba] and find a way to challenge for a place in the team. Hopefully then I will be able to cement one,” he adds.

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The SuperSport United youth academy graduate also revealed that he turned down offers from Mamelodi Sundowns in favour of the Buccaneers.

Gumede helped Stars to the 2013 MTN8 and Telkom Knockout double as he played a vital role in their defence to deny Pirates the honours, however, the 23-year-old now has his sights on helping his new club collect honours in the future.

“I’m excited, and looking forward to a great season [with Pirates],” says Gumede.

“We have to try and collect as many points as we can going forward, and there are still two cups at stake that we can challenge for,” he concludes.

Article by: Chad Klate
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