‘Gidza’ predicts good things for Bucs


The Zimbabwean put up another great performance at Johannesburg Stadium on Wednesday night, scoring in the 3-1 win over Mamelodi Sundowns.

The win puts Pirates back into league title contention while the defeat has diminished Sundowns’ chances of defending their crown.

The mid-week game was Mushangazhike’s third in Pirates colours after what he calls five ‘great years of experience in China’ on Jiangsu Shuntain books.

In his first match, the dreadlocked marksman scored and contributed to two other goals in the 3-0 romp over Moroka Swallows a fortnight ago.

Again, during the 2-0 win against BidVest Wits, he had a solid game, giving Neil Winstanley and Ashraf Hendricks some tough times at the back.

With this kind of display, Mushangazhike has set the standard.

“For me, it’s not about scoring goals. What matters most is the work I do for my teammates so that we get results at the end of the day. But, I must add, scoring goals is always a great feeling.”

About the squad at Pirates, ‘Gidza’ predicted bigger things.

“We have good team and players like [Excellent] Walaza are very good. You see everyone here is supportive and that makes everything easier for all.”

Comparing the current standard of football to what it was when he left in 2002, the former Manning Rangers’ man says: “The league is far more competitive than before which is good for the country, as there will be World Cup in 2010. But I have noted with concern the influx of many foreigners who are old and not contributing much to the growth of football.

“I remember when I came back, people were saying I’m old but because I have played well so far, they are saying nothing. That mentality should change.”

About facing high riding Santos in Cape Town on Sunday, Mushangazhike says: “They won their last game 4-1 and we won 3-1 so they are more dangerous than us. But we’ll go there and try to get the result.”

  • Read a full, exclusive interview with the Orlando Pirates’ striker in Kick Off magazine on sale on Monday, February 25. Also find out about Mushangazhike’s toughest defender, best midfielder and other Premiership players that impress him.

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