Augustine Mulenga delights in first Orlando Pirates goal
Posted: 6 April 2018 Time: 12:30
Orlando Pirates striker Augustine Mulenga has reserved praise for teammate Thembinkosi Lorch, who set up his first goal for the club.
Mulenga got off the mark for his new team when he fired home a stunning strike that saw the Buccaneers claim all three points from their Absa Premiership clash at home to Bloemfontein Celtic in midweek.
The Zambian international arrived with much promise two months ago, and seems to have settled in to his new surroundings while gelling with his peers.
Mulenga was particularly delighted to have shown his worth in front of the Pirates home support at Orlando Stadium, and more so that it was an all-important winner.
“It's always nice to get your first goal for your new club. Mine was made extra special because it was in front of our home supporters,” Mulenga told his club’s website.
“It was a tough match and we had to force a win, so when the coaches put me on as a substitute I told myself that I have to do my job to either score the winning goal or help create an opportunity for my team.
“In the end I was just so happy that my strike ended up being the all-important winner on the night.”
The stocky 28-year-old made an impressive run from out wide before firing into the roof of the net in the 79th minute, but gave due praise to Lorch for teeing the shot up for him on the edge of the area after a neat one-two.
“I was running down the flank and then I cut into space to look for the shot. When Memela gave me the ball, the Celtic defence expected me to give it back, but I had already seen Lorch whilst I was on the line,” he explained.
“He has a great eye and incredible skill, so he knew that my movement after the pass would need me to receive the ball again.
“When Lorch played the ball back to me, I shifted across to create a pocket of space that gave me a clear view of where the keeper was – favouring the near post.
“I knew that I had to hit the ball to the far post and I had the confidence that the power and technique that I work on in training would come back to reward us.”