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Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler pleased with progress of Luvuyo Memela

Posted: 26 April 2016 Time: 08:39

Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler believes Luvuyo Memela will go from strength-to-strength in Mayfair after breaking into the first team.

The 28-year-old joined Bucs in June from Cape Town All Stars but initially struggled for game-time at the Soweto giants.

However, Memela has been Tinkler's preferred option out wide on the left of late, as was the case in the 2-0 win over Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup quarter-finals on the weekend.

"He's an extremely talented player, technically very good and a fantastic left-footer," says Tinkler.

"He's got good vision, a good passing range. If there's anything that he still needs to work on... it is that he holds on the ball sometimes a little bit too long. He doesn't have the strength and the power to hold off players and use his body positioning.

"He will obviously improve game by game and he will get better. But he's really working extremely hard and improving his physical power and he will definitely be one to watch."

Memela has scored one goal and provided three assists in seven league games this season, striking in a 4-1 rout of Golden Arrows on April 16.

He also netted in a 3-1 defeat of Jomo Cosmos in the round of 16 in the Nedbank Cup.

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Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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