10 out of 10, and it’s all thanks to coach, play­ers, God

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­press.co.za

Ever won­dered why Tendai Ndoro plays like a man pos­sessed?

The Zim­bab­wean hit man is on a mis­sion to re­pay the faith shown in him by his Or­lando Pi­rates team-mates and coach Eric Tin­kler.

The say­ing, ‘when days are dark, friends are few’ does not ap­ply to Ndoro.

In­stead, the op­po­site hap­pened – his col­leagues en­cour­aged and ral­lied around him.

He said he was re­cip­ro­cat­ing the good­will demon­strated by other play­ers and the tech­ni­cal team.

“I don’t want to let any­one down, let alone my­self,” he said this week. “It has not been easy, but my team-mates were there for me. They played a huge role and kept on en­cour­ag­ing me.

“I did not look down or lose hope and kept on work­ing hard, know­ing that my chance would come.”

When he fi­nally got a rare chance to play, iron­i­cally against his for­mer side, Mpumalanga Black Aces, the 27-year-old grabbed it with both hands and he let his feet do the talk­ing by scor­ing a brace.

March 21, when he fi­nally started play­ing again, looks like a dis­tant mem­ory, as Ndoro has never stopped bang­ing in the goals. He en­deared him­self to the hearts of Bucs sup­port­ers with another dou­ble against ri­vals Kaizer Chiefs in the Ned­bank Cup. As if that was in­suf­fi­cient to win over Pi­rates’ sup­port­ers, he did it again in style last week­end when Pi­rates knocked out Mamelodi Sun­downs.

The Zim­bab­wean has scored 10 goals in his last 10 games.

He said he un­der­stood that not ev­ery player could play all the time.

“We are a squad of about 30 and the coach can only field so many play­ers in a game. But the coach kept on talk­ing to those of us who were not play­ing, and that gave me hope. I kept on work­ing hard try­ing to prove my­self at the gym. I have learnt that hard work and pa­tience pay.”

Ndoro might have hit scor­ing suc­cess at the right time, but he does not want to put him­self un­der any pres­sure with tar­gets.

“I just want to play with­out any pres­sure. If you set your­self cer­tain tar­gets, you are un­der pres­sure to achieve them and you end up com­mit­ting silly mis­takes and los­ing fo­cus.”

But he is de­ter­mined to help Pi­rates fin­ish in a re­spectable log po­si­tion.

“We also want to do our best in the Ned­bank Cup and win it for our sup­port­ers.”

Ndoro said he would never stop pray­ing and thank­ing God.

“God is great and is do­ing mir­a­cles,” he said.

PHOTO: SYD­NEY SESHIBEDI / GALLO IMAGES

SILENT AS­SAS­SIN Tendai Ndoro has grabbed the op­por­tu­nity given to him

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