Cele backs Mlambo to suc­ceed with the Buc­ca­neers

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JO­HAN­NES­BURG - Former Or­lando Pi­rates mid­fielder Andile Cele be­lieves Xola Mlambo is the class of player that can bring back the glory days to the club. Pi­rates signed Mlambo in Jan­u­ary from Bid­vest Wits, with the mid­fielder go­ing on to make his Sea Rob­bers de­but as a sub­sti­tute in the re­cent 2- 1 win over Mar­itzburg United at Or­lando Sta­dium.

‘Ten Ten’ was ex­cep­tional in form­ing a tight- knit com­bi­na­tion with Tha­bang Monare in the first half of last sea­son, but an in­jury de­railed his progress which saw Wits re­cruit Gran­wald Scott this time last year.

This sea­son, Mlambo, who was named Man of the Match in a Telkom Knock­out vic­tory on De­cem­ber 2 against Bloem­fontein Celtic, fell out of favour with coach Gavin Hunt and only made seven ap­pear­ances in all com­pe­ti­tions prior to his exit from Stur­rock Park.

At Bucs Mlambo has re­united with an old friend in Tham­sanqa Sang­weni, who he im­pressed along­side in the en­gine room for Chippa United when the Chilli Boys fin­ished in the top eight for the only time in 2015/ 16. Cele, who won the Cas­tle Pre­mier­ship in 2001/02 un­der Roy Bar­reto at Pi­rates, backs Mlambo to bring value to the tro­phy-hun­gry Buc­ca­neers.

“I feel Pi­rates have been miss­ing play­ers like him in re­cent times be­cause af­ter the Andile Jali and Oupa Many­isa com­bi­na­tion was gone I felt there was a scarcity in terms of qual­ity,” Cele tells Kick­Off.com.

“I think Xola will pro­vide more sta­bil­ity with Musa Ny­atama to bring back the glory days. Play­ers of Mlambo’s class are the type Or­lando Pi­rates used to sign be­cause Pi­rates was used to play­ers who are very good on the ball

“Play­ers who can cre­ate the at­tacks, not only play­ers who mark, but play­ers who can kick-start ac­tions from de­fen­sive ar­eas. So he’s what Pi­rates need and I’m not so sure why he was not play­ing at Wits.

“But he’s a very good player on the ball. I feel Musa Ny­atama came late at Pi­rates. I feel he could have come ear­lier in terms of his ca­reer and I like him a lot. Even when at Mar­itzburg United I liked him, at Mamelodi Sun­downs I liked him, at Bloem­fontein Celtic I liked him. “But I feel Xola will pro­vide more sta­bil­ity. Pi­rates is used to play­ers who are dy­na­mite, with skills.

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