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Orlando Pirates' Luvuyo Memela grateful to The Ghost

Posted: 21 April 2016 Time: 12:16

Orlando Pirates midfielder Luvuyo Memela has thanked the club's fans for their support, especially during the tough times this season.

Pirates have endured a roller-coaster campaign as they reached the CAF Confederation Cup final in November but disappointed their supporters in the Absa Premiership last year.

However, the Sea Robbers have hit form again on the domestic front, as they have won seven of their last eight games in all competitions.

Eric Tinkler's side have risen to sixth on the league table with five matches left, while they will battle Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup quarter-finals in Tshwane on Saturday night.

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"I am grateful for the support that they have given us as players, they were patient when the team was not getting results," Memela told his club's official website.

"They always encourage us. Even when I started, they never booed me, they continued supporting me and I will cherish that forever.

"That is why I will always maintain that they are a special breed of supporter, even after losing a game they encourage us... this is what pushed us as players to want to succeed and do better. They deserve it."

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Meanwhile, Memela says he expected a battle for game-time when he arrived in Mayfair in June from Cape Town All Stars.

The 28-year-old has scored one goal and provided three assists in seven league outings in 2015/16.

"Pirates is a big team with quality players which is why I had to wait for my chance to come and when it came, I grabbed the opportunity with both hands, even though there is still room for improvement. But yeah I am happy, so far so good.

"I continue working hard because I know that no one is guaranteed a start. Only the person who continues to produce the results will play so there is no time to relax.

"It hasn’t been easy adjusting to the team, it was a bit tough but we have a great group of guys. Experienced guys like Oupa (Manyisa) and Bra 'Slagga' (Lucky Lekgwathi) helped a lot. They kept encouraging me to go on and helped me gain that confidence to play and obviously I have to thank the technical team as well for believing in me."

 


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