Ayanda Nkosi says Free State Stars’ can count on him after his winner against Orlando Pirates
Posted: 18 February 2016 Time: 21:32
Free State Stars’ goal-hero against Orlando Pirates, Ayanda Nkosi says his team can count on him in the absence of their injured strikers.
Nkosi – who scored the only goal of the game as Ea Lla Koto beat Pirates in Wednesday's Absa Premiership clash – joined Stars in the January transfer window after Maritzburg United released him.
The Johannesburg-born 23-year-old is in the side in place of Moeketsi Sekola, last season’s top scorer who is fighting his way back from injury and Andre Fillecia, who has scored six League goals this season but is now at home in Belgium undergoing treatment after suffering a bad knee injury against Bloemfontein Celtic.
“I’m very excited about this opportunity that the club, the coaches and team management have given me to lead the attack,” Nkosi tells Kickoff.com.
“To tell you the truth, I'm still trying to get my head around it all because I just wanted to give everything for the team … to actually score was special.”
Nkosi, who has previously worked with Stars' assistant coach Bradley Carnell at AmaTuks, says the team has been “working hard to get out of our slump” and that the players decided prior to the Pirates game “that this was do or die for us”.
Now the striker is looking forward to this weekend’s clash away to Chippa United, and allays any fears that he too may have picked up an injury when he pulled up short in the closing stages against Pirates.
“I felt something in my hamstring, so rather than cause the team more injury worries, I decided to step out of the field a little while,” Nkosi explains.
“The coaches agreed that I can’t take any chances because it’s 82 minutes ... all we could do from there was protect our lead.”