Thabiso Kutumela pushing for Orlando Pirates breakthrough
Posted: 12 September 2017 Time: 17:40
Orlando Pirates striker Thabiso Kutumela is determined to make an impact at the Soweto giants.
The 24-year-old, who was the top scorer in the National First Division in 2015/16, netted once in six appearances for Pirates last term following his arrival at Mayfair from Baroka FC.
However, Tendai Ndoro's recent departure to Saudi outfit Al Faisaly could see head coach Milutin Sredojevic increasingly lean on Kutumela, Ayanda Nkosi or highly-rated teenager Lyle Foster to provide support to Thamsanqa Gabuza upfront.
Kutumela did his prospects of game-time no harm by bagging a brace in Bucs' 2-1 victory over AmaZulu in the opening round of MultiChoice Diski Challenge fixtures on Saturday.
"I'm happy to get game-time and it's nice to score goals," says Kutumela, who featured off the bench for the senior team against Bakgaga before the FIFA break.
"The game was fine and I enjoyed myself. I just want to thank the technical team. This is good because I'm getting back to my usual self when I was at Baroka. I'm coming back to form and I'm happy that I scored.
"What is left for me now is just to fight for my position and get back to the first team."
Kutumela is enjoying working under 'Micho', who replaced Kjell Jonveret in August.
"The coach is always motivating all of us players, he's like a father to us," he says.
"I'll work hard. In football it is all about competition and if I get a chance I'll use it to my benefit."
The Buccaneers tonight host Ajax Cape Town in the league at Orlando Stadium (19h30).