Chairman Irvin Khoza believes in me, says Ayanda Gcaba
Posted: 24 October 2015 Time: 11:33
Orlando Pirates defender Ayanda Gcaba says he is enjoying the chance presented to him by the technical team, and hopes to keep his place in the team today.
Gcaba, who scored the winner against University of Pretoria in the previous round of Telkom Knockout Cup, hopes to get a chance to do some damage to Marizburg United in this afternoon’s quarter-final at the Orlando Stadium.
After spending some time in the stands at the beginning of the season, Gcaba has been seeing more action since the CAF Confederation Cup victory over Al Ahly.
He says he never doubted himself while on the sidelines, nor did he fear for his future at Pirates because club chairman Irvin Khoza has always believed in him.
“I don’t doubt my ability; I know what I came here for,” Gcaba says.
“I know people make their own judgments but I don't want to put that in my head and let negative comments pull me down – I don't think it was a mistake by the chairman to sign me.
“I must push hard to show that I am capable of playing for Pirates,” the 29-year-old former Free State Stars defender continues.
Pirates made changes to the defence for the Absa Premiership match against Bidvest Wits with both Siyabonga Sangweni and Ntsikelelo Nyauza making the starting line-up.
Pirates lost the match, and Gcaba hopes that the technical team will not be tempted to drop him for today’s game.
“I have been given the chance to play and I am taking that chance, but I accept it is up to the technical team to decide if they want to keep me in the team or change it,” Gcaba says.
“The team is doing okay even though we are not playing our best football … we need to work on our mistakes and see how things go today.”