Ngobe's advice for Pirates players

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Orlando Pirates legend Dumisa Ngobe says selfishness has been the downfall of Gabadinho Mhango's game and offers advice on how his teammates can fix it.

Last season the former Bidvest Wits striker started his Pirates career like a house on fire scoring 16 goals in league matches alone and ended up being crowned the Absa Premiership top goalscorer together with Peter Shalulile.

But in the current campaign Mhango has only found the net three times in 17 matches in all competitions.

Ngobe says Pirates players must find a way to work with the Malawian international the same way they did with Jerry Sikhosana during their time.

"You see I don't want to be judgeful [sic], you see in our current team this boy Mhango is a good player," Ngobe tells KickOff.com.

"But to be honest with you, Mhango is selfish. For me he is not a team player. He is an individual player."

Ngobe was asked how they managed ex-Bucs striker Sikhosana during their time, a player who was also perceived as selfish by those who watched from the outside.

"You know the only way to deal with a selfish person... us, we used to sit down and talk. As a result we developed an understanding with him. Let's say maybe he made a mess of a certain ball, we would say, 'Man, you if you did this and that we would have scored here.'

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"You see with Jerry you would find that he will score a goal for you in a very difficult position while there was somebody who was better positioned than him. The only thing we wouldn't understand was for him to mess up when there is someone who is in a better position to score.

"We would tell that straight to a person's face. The current players, all they do is saying 'hardy, hardy' [sorry, sorry] to a person who is wasting scoring opportunities... but only to find that deep down one of the teammates is saying, 'I won't pass the ball to him again.'

"But in our case we knew that he [Sikhosana] was our only hope when it came to scoring goals, but in the current Pirates team anyone can score. Pirates at the moment don't have an out-and-out striker. They all come from the midfield, there's no targetman at Pirates.

"These boys they need to understand each other, they need to tell each other s***. And that person shouldn't take it personally. After game we go hang out somewhere. And even there we are still going to tell each other s*** reminding one another, 'Hey man, it's you who cost us the game.'

"The fact that today's players don't spend time together creates personal issues against each other."

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