Justin Shonga out to impress againstAjax
ORLANDO Pirates striker Justin Shonga proves that patience pays off.
It took Shonga 10 appearances to net his first goal for the club after scoring in their 2-0 victory over struggling Platinum Stars at the weekend.
He now hopes his header will open the gates for more goals to help his side stay in the race for the Absa Premiership title.
“I’m pleased to finally be off the mark for my team,” Shonga said.
“It feels really good because I’ve been working hard and pushing myself. My teammates have also been pushing me and the coaches have shown faith in me by giving me game time, so I just had to deliver and I’m happy.”
If Pirates are to overcome Ajax Cape Town tonight in their league match, Shonga and company will need to be at their best again as they can’t afford to drop points in the league race.
With Pirates showing signs of improvement from their horror season last year as they are now challenging for the league title, Shonga has praised coach Milutin Sredojevic for the team’s turnaround.
“I’ve settled down well into the new surroundings and have quickly adapted to the side’s style of play, thanks largely to them.”
Third on the log standings and five points behind log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, Pirates will look to cut that gap to two points with a victory against Ajax. But they face an outfit also desperate for points as they are deep in relegation zone.
The Urban Warriors are sitting second from the bottom with 17 points from 19 matches and will be desperate for all three points.
New coach Muhsin Ertugral will be looking to get one over his former employers at home, but his side has not been convincing having lost three from four matches he has been in charge.
Having made some quality signings during the transfer window in bringing in Yannick Zakri and Siyanda Zwane from Sundowns, Ertugral will hope they will help the side move away from the danger zone.
Elsewhere, SuperSport United will be determined to return to winning ways when they host AmaZulu in a league match at Lucas Moripe stadium.
They were thumped 41 by defending champions Bidvest Wits at the weekend and will be looking to return to winning ways.
SPOT ON: Justin Shonga of Orlando Pirates scores the winner.