Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Perry Mutapa expects Justin Shonga to perform well in the Soweto Derby
Posted: 3 March 2018 Time: 12:00
Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Perry Mutapa believes striker Justin Shonga will rise to the occasion in his first Soweto Derby and he also has high expectations of fellow Zambian recruit Augustine Mulenga.
Shonga is among a raft of players set to make their derby bow against Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium this afternoon, with Amakhosi's Leonardo Castro and Siphelele Ntshangase also chomping at the bit to get involved.
The 21-year-old Shonga enters the match with confidence after hitting a brace in Bucs' 4-2 win over Chippa United in Port Elizabeth last weekend.
Mutapa has backed his compatriot to deliver in the marquee fixture, which has extra relevance as both clubs are challenging leaders Mamelodi Sundowns for the title.
"He [Shonga] must keep his head cool. He is a good player. The goals scored against Chippa United were his trademark goals here in Zambia," Mutapa tells KickOff.com from Zambia.
"He must just be cool. It's a big game. It's the first time playing in the derby. He must be brave. He has age on his side and he will be a great asset for Orlando Pirates. He scored two goals against Chippa and his confidence should be rocket high. I have no doubt he will rise up to the occasion."
Mulenga, who joined Pirates in January from Zanaco, could make his Buccaneers debut in the match after recovering from an injury.
"He is a fantastic player," Mutapa says of the reigning Zambian Footballer of the Year.
"He is more useful as a winger. He can create and score goals. I am sure they will form a fantastic combination at Pirates."