Ex-Chiefs star defends Pirates' Makusu


Former Kaizer Chiefs striker Kanga Nzenza is pleading with Orlando Pirates to give his countryman Jean-Marc Makusu the chance to showcase his goal-threat.

Makusu, who joined the Buccaneers from AS Vita Club, has been finding it difficult to adapt at the South African football giants, making only two league appearances so far.

Like many foreign players who arrive in the PSL these days, Makusu has failed to hit the ground running.

Congolese former striker Nzenza believes it won't be long before the striker starts scoring if he is given time to settle, which is something the big teams like Pirates usually don't have.

"I'm telling you, he's a good boy, I'm talking about him till now," Nzenza tells KickOff.com.

"He's going to hit the ground hard, but it's only that you are not giving him a chance. They didn't give him a chance yet. But I can see Orlando Pirates is a big club, but I know that guy. If he can be well motivated and is given a chance, all this time you are having it bad this guy can solve it.

"Give him a chance, he's going to bring back the happy days. Many people were saying Makusu was reminding them again of Kanga Nzenza. The people in the street are telling me, 'But Kanga, you said this boy was going to hit the ground running?' And I say, 'Yes, I [still] say so.'

"I believe in him, he's a senior player. He gives the whole Congo national team moral support. My man, me I know what I'm talking about, I cannot disappoint South African supporters. I like South Africa so much for what they've given us."

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Nzenza also explained why he thought foreign players are struggling to adapt to South African football in recent times.

"I've been in that situation before, whenever a foreign player comes... the loneliness of a player can kill a morale," he says.

"The food can be a problem, the atmosphere can be a problem. For a player to be great, in the first month they will put somebody next to a player to translate exactly what the coach is saying, and what the club is saying.

"The air that he's breathing after training is what is killing the player. You know, me I can be next to that player maybe for one month and you will see the difference.

"But for playing the guy is good. I ask for Orlando Pirates to trust him and give him a chance."


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