Mulenga downplays Bucs’ barren run
Posted: 11 May 2018 Time: 09:50
Orlando Pirates forward Augustine Mulenga says though they will be ending the season without silverware, they have shown potential to challenge on all fronts next term.
The Buccaneers are about to end their fourth campaign without a trophy, having fallen short in their Absa Premiership and Nedbank Cup bids for glory after threatening to deliver honours for much of the campaign.
However, they have shown vast improvement from their worst ever showing in the PSL era last season, ending in second position and earning a return to the CAF Champions League.
Despite having only joined the Bucs from Zambian side Zanaco in February, Mulenga feels the team is on the right track to ending the club’s trophy drought in 2018/19.
“It has been a long and tough season and, although we may not have won any silverware, we are happy with the progress we have made, and it puts us in a good position to challenge for trophies next season,” Mulenga told his club’s website.
The Chipolopolo international has managed three goals in just five league appearances since his arrival – suggesting there is plenty more to come when he starts his first full season.
Having netted a brace in his last outing against Bidvest Wits, which was played behind closed doors just over two weeks ago, Mulenga says he was disappointed he could not celebrate with the Pirates supporters.
“I was happy to score a brace when we played against Bidvest Wits, but it was a bitter sweet moment for me because I wanted to share it with the fans and thank them for their support,” he said.
“It was a sad moment because when I scored that second goal, I forgot that our fans were not there and I just wanted to celebrate with them. I was only reminded when I looked up that they were not there.”
With the final clash of the season coming up at home to Free State Stars this Saturday, the stocky 28-year-old has called on ‘The Ghost’ to get behind the team at the Orlando Stadium come 15h00.
“Now coming to the last match of the season, it’s not about the players or the coaches. It is just about our supporters. We want to give them a good send-off and to thank them for the great support they always give us,” he added.
“I am calling on all Orlando Pirates supporters to come to the stadium on Saturday, to come watch us thank them in the best way we know.”