Orlando Pirates striker Thabiso Kutumela will be hoping for more first team opportunities
Posted: 11 September 2017 Time: 11:20
The opening weekend of the MultiChoice Diski Challenge has given Orlando Pirates first team coach Milutin Sredojevic another attacking option in the form of Thabiso Kutumela.
The former Baroka FC striker, who joined the Buccaneers last season after winning the National First Division top scorer award, bagged a brace in Pirates' 2-1 victory over AmaZulu at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on Saturday.
For someone who has been struggling to break into the first team at Pirates, Kutumela will no doubt be hoping that the goals he scored in the Diski Challenge on Saturday will convince 'Micho' to give him more first team opportunities this season.
Last season Kutumela made just six appearances and scored one goal in all competitions for Pirates, as Tendai Ndoro and Thamsanqa Gabuza were often preferred to play upfront.
Ndoro has left the Buccaneers and Kutumela could see himself enjoying more game-time and that could give him the confidence he needs to bag the goals, just as he did for Baroka in the First Division.
He is a different player to Gabuza, who has been used as the target man. Kutumela, who came on as a substitute in Pirates' 1-1 draw with Baroka in August, has pace and has the skill to dribble past opposition defenders. He can also take shots from range.
Baroka were keen on securing the services of Kutumela on a loan deal, but Pirates did not want to let him go, which shows that they have a plan for him this season.
Another option for Pirates upfront is former Free State Stars striker Ayanda Nkosi, who is eager to prove himself in the first team.
Lyle Foster, the 17-year-old striker who has been promoted by the Buccaneers, is tipped for success but he is not likely to be rushed into the starting line-up.
The Buccaneers face Ajax Cape Town in the Absa Premiership at Orlando Stadium on Tuesday. Kick-off is at 19h30.