Xola Mlambo expected inflated egos at Orlando Pirates
Posted: 8 March 2018 Time: 12:55
Orlando Pirates midfielder Xola Mlambo thought he would have to deal with colliding egos at Mayfair but says this has not been the case.
Mlambo joined Pirates in January from Bidvest Wits in search of regular game-time, having only made seven appearances for the Clever Boys this season.
The 26-year-old has since played three times for the Buccaneers, which included a starting role in the Soweto Derby win over Kaizer Chiefs on the weekend.
Mlambo is enjoying life at Bucs under the watch of Milutin Sredojevic and Rhulani Mokwena.
He told the club's website: “When you come to a different work space you often find that you have to learn to manage the egos you work with in order to have a decent work environment. That is not the case at Pirates. My apprehension over egos was quickly dispelled when I realised that I am not working with celebrities but rather equal members of a team.
“I now enjoy going to work. I have realised that when we have been given time off, I actually miss the guys. We put in long hours at training but those go by so fast because one enjoys the company – as they say, time flies when you’re having fun. I wake up feeling enthusiastic about work, knowing that I will find positive people who love my company and also value my contribution to the team. It’s a very different space for me.”
Mlambo added: “It’s humbling to witness the level of team spirit that we have. With my experience as a player I am aware of how rare it is to find a team where the fringe players are supportive of the guys who get regular game-time. Everyone works really hard and pushes hard at training which in turn encourages those who are in the playing squad to play better and work even harder. There is no room for complacency in the team.”
The Buccaneers are hot on the heels of Absa Premiership leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, but their next assignment is a Nedbank Cup last-16 tie with Cape Town City in the Mother City on March 14.