KickOff.com takes a look at Orlando Pirates' foreign strikers - will new signing Christian Obiozor be a flop like so many before him?
Posted: 18 July 2017 Time: 16:52
Playing for Orlando Pirates, especially as a striker, comes with a lot of pressure, which a number of foreign marksmen have not been able to deal with over the years.
Pirates announced the signing of new Nigerian striker Christian Obiozor last week, but the club’s supporters can be forgiven for not getting too excited about the acquisition of the big man.
Zambian Dennis Lota is by far the team’s most successful foreign striker in the PSL era while Zimbabwean marksman Tendai Ndoro has shown some promise in the past season, but there have been more misses than hits when it comes to foreign strikers at Pirates.
Ndoro, who had the advantage of first playing at Mpumalanga Black Aces before joining Pirates, hit the ground running at the start of last season, but faded as the campaign progressed and was eventually reduced to a benchwarmer when Swedish coach Kjell Jonevret arrived in February.
If Ndoro continues to come off the bench like he did in the latter stages of last season, he will fade and one day be remembered only as a striker who could have made a big mark at Pirates.
Lota, the Zambian forward who was nicknamed "Chesa Mpama" joined the Buccaneers in the late 90s and established himself as a key man upfront and is still remembered as one of the club’s best players. He was a sniper; deadly in front of goal and the type of striker any coach would love to have leading the attack. That’s exactly what Pirates need heading into the new season.
However, since the late Lota left Pirates, they have not been able to find a foreign striker. In fact, we’ve seen some shocking foreign strikers since then.
Some of the misses at Pirates include Davies Mwape, Kabanga Tshamala, Ralph Matema, Ezenwa Otorogu, Haytham Tambal, Clement Bissong, Adriano Pires, Fikru Tefera, Chiukepo Msowoya, Takesure Chinyama and Collins Mbesuma, who was a big hit at Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs previously.
All these players were brought in to help out with the scoring problems Pirates have had over the years, but they turned out to be flops and a waste of money. They did not justify why Pirates made the effort to bring them to the PSL.
Obiozor, the new man who has previously played for Enyimba and Kano Pillars, will compete with Ndoro and Gabuza for a place in the team in the coming season and has to take the opportunity with both hands once he gets to play, otherwise he will be remembered as another one who came to the PSL and did absolutely nothing.