Helder Pelembe's Baroka future already up for debate, just months after re-joining
Posted: 13 April 2017 Time: 18:30
KickOff.com has established that Mozambican striker Helder Pelembe is already skating on thin ice at Baroka FC, just four months after being signed.
Pelembe joined Bakgaga in late December last year in the hope that he would immediately provide solutions up front for the PSL rookies, considering his experience of having previously played for Orlando Pirates, Bloemfontein Celtic and in Portugal.
However, the 29-year-old has failed to properly convince the club’s technical team at training, with just two substitute appearances all that he has to his name to date.
His most recent appearance saw him come on as a substitute against Platinum Stars in the Nedbank Cup last week, playing the last 18 minutes, with his only other appearance this term being a 35-minute run against Polokwane City in the league at the beginning of last month.
He has, otherwise, been an unused substitute on three other occasions but is falling down the pecking order so much that hopes of him playing again this season are now slim.
What has been disappointing is the fact that he is one of the top earners at the club, yet he hasn’t been able to effectively contribute towards helping the club in their battle against relegation.
His commitment at training has been questioned as he is said to have not shown enough hunger to break into the team and make a difference.
Word is that his contract will now be reviewed at the end of the season if the current situation doesn’t change.
Meanwhile, club returnee Nkosinathi Ndlovu is continuing with his battle back into the team after being re-signed.
Ndlovu made a surprise return to PSL strugglers Baroka last month after an ugly fallout led to his departure from the club at the beginning of the season.
He had fallen out of favour with Baroka at the beginning of the season after growing increasingly disgruntled when rumours of interest in his services from Gauteng-based PSL clubs began surfacing.
None of that claimed interest yielded a move and he was eventually released only to then return again.