'Make or break' season for Bucs man

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One of Orlando Pirates’ players has described the coming PSL campaign as “make or break” for him.

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Linda Mntambo joined as one of new Pirates signing at the beginning of the 2018/19 campaign after a short spell with Chippa United, but competition in the middle of the park was tight. He got opportunities to play and impressed whenever he did, but losing his brother and grandmother earlier this year, as well as picking up an injury, affected his progress. He made 15 appearances in all competitions last term.

“When you come to a big team like Pirates, you have to be in the queue and wait for your chance. I think I waited for my chance and when it came I think I did show the coaches I want to play,” Mntambo said.

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I was just unfortunate that at the beginning of the year in January I had family responsibility, twice in a short space of time where I lost my brother and grandmother, and I was also interrupted by injury. Those are the things that delayed my progress. I hope I can show the coaches that I want to play.

“I’ve signed a three year contract with Orlando Pirates, but it does not give me a chance to say I need to wait for another season. To be quite honest, it is a make or break season for me. I’ve got to give it my all.”

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Losing his family members made him draw closer to God.

“They’ve got me closer to God. I got through them through prayer. I’ve always been a person who prays and now I have a closer relationship with God and I think that has also healed me. I am a person who reads a lot, motivational books and so on. So I think I’m over that and whenever they are they are showering blessings upon me. I need to also show them I am ready to play and make them proud.”

Mntambo was linked with a move to Chippa recently and this left him worried that Pirates were considering letting him go.

“Those were just rumours, but they also got me thinking. I had to speak to the chairman and the coach to ask what’s happening, but they’ve given me assurance that there’s no such talks and that I’ll be with the team in the coming.

I’m hoping to get as much game time as possible and hope that I can add to the benefit of the team.”

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