Musonda explains Bucs shortcomings


Musonda recently bagged the Absa Premiership Player of the Month for December/January award, having helped Lidoda Duvha to three wins and a draw with a contribution of five goals across those four fixtures.

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The 28-year-old Zambian has since taken his season tally to eight goals in 15 appearances and puts him in pole position in the race for the Absa Premiership Golden Boot award.

However, his initial arrival in South Africa at Pirates midway through the 2014/15 season was less successful as he managed just two appearances under then coach Eric Tinkler.

Musonda believes the circumstances in which he arrived is what ultimately forced him to move on from The Buccaneers but is delighted with how things have since turned out.

“Circumstances didn’t allow me to reach my potential [at Pirates] and obviously a lot was expected of me, coming in as a so-to-say ‘top striker’ from a foreign country,” said Musonda.

“Obviously the team expects you to score goals, and when you don’t do that the pressure mounts up to a point where the team doesn’t have the same trust in you as when they brought you in. 

“So, I went on loan to Golden Arrows and again, I don’t know, I thought I wasn’t bad but somehow, I couldn’t reach my full potential, and when I got back to Pirates, they decided to let me go.

“And now I’m just happy that I’ve found a home at Black Leopards, where I’m able to express myself.”

The former Zanaco forward insists he still faces pressure at the Thohoyandou-based outfit, although conceding that it’s vastly different to that at Bucs and is confident he still has plenty of room for improvement. 

“I think the pressure will always be there, be it at a small or big team. If you are a striker and you don’t score goals then obviously the pressure will increase,” he added.

“Even at Leopards, there are times when I don’t score and the same fans who are always right behind me would be booing me, and that’s normal when you don’t do well – people won’t be happy with you.

“But, then again, I think at Leopards there’s obviously a bit less pressure compared to Pirates, but I’m just happy that I found guys who understand me and the way I like to play.

“I’m now getting to my full potential – I can’t say I’ve reached there yet because I’ve scored only eight goals in 15 games, which is not good enough for me yet. There’s still room for improvement.” 

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