Micho says Justin Shonga needs time to settle at Orlando Pirates after debut against Polokwane City
Posted: 2 October 2017 Time: 13:45
Orlando Pirates coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic says Justin Shonga will improve with time following the striker's debut for Bucs.
Shonga, who was signed from Zambian outfit Nkwazi FC last week, replaced Thembinkosi Lorch in the 67th minute of a 2-2 draw with Polokwane City at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday evening.
Micho expects big things of the 20-year-old once he settles into his new surroundings.
“It is not easy to come from the different league. For long period of time he didn’t play, he trained with us throughout the week and he is a great player that will improve with time,” said Sredojevic of the Chipolopolo international.
“We are responsible to give him time for adjustment and adaptation. He will go with the Zambia national team to Nigeria and after coming from there we will have 10 days.
“He will train with the team, gel with the players and learn the angle of positioning and learn the way of entering into the attack. And already he has that ability of scoring and he will learn. Against Polokwane City he had that chance and he missed.
“But I’m convinced he will create more chances and he will look to convert them and help us.”
Pirates, in fourth spot on the Premiership table with 12 points from seven matches, will entertain bottom-placed Platinum Stars in Soweto on October 18 after the FIFA recess.