Mashego: Lepasa is not ready

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Former Orlando Pirates marksman Katlego Mashego feels new sensation Zakhele Lepasa is not ready to lead the attack for a big team like the Sea Robbers.

The 23-year-old is having a dream start with the Buccaneers in the 2020/21 season after featuring in all their matches thus far.

For his efforts he was rewarded with a recent call-up to the national under-23 team for the friendly matches against Saudi Arabia.

"I don't know the boy personally but from what I've seen and what I heard from people he is a very energetic and a very good player, and I think he's a very good finisher as well," Mashego tells KickOff.com.

"But to lead a club such as Pirates to the league championship, I don't think they have enough experience in the club or in the team right now for them to withstand the pressure of winning the league."

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"He is a young boy. I'm sure when the other players come back or [Gabadinho] Mhango comes back he will feel a little bit threatened. If mentality he is strong, it might build him.

"It might also hurt him as well when the other ones come back and they score and you will start feeling like, 'Okay, I'm going back to the bench.' I don't know the boy personally, but from what I heard he is a young man who is willing to learn.

"But to lead Pirates to a league championship, I don't think so. I think at big clubs you don't need necessarily one striker that will get you all the goals. But you need other people as well that will come in and chip in with goals you know and make the team win.

"When I was at Pirates and we won the treble I think we had goals from everywhere. Isaac Chansa was scoring, I scored a few, [Thulasizwe] Mbuyane was scoring. You need a defender that will chip in with five, six goals."

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