Former Orlando Pirates legend Joseph Makhanya strongly believes that midfielder Luvuyo Memela deserves credit for Bucs’ resurgence.
The Buccaneers have change for the better since the arrival of German coach Josef Zinnbauer in December which saw the team soar from seventh to second in the Absa Premiership standings.
Zinnbauer worked some magic with the Soweto giants that saw them bag 36 points from 20 games while the free-scoring Gabadinho Mhango has received praise for his form.
‘Duku Duku’ has however insisted that he feels that Memela is another crucial cog for the Sea Robbers who is overlooked.
“Memela is a brilliant player and he has proven that. He has really been excellent for the team and must get credit also,” ex-Pirates star Makhanya said as quoted by SowetanLive.
“Under Rulani [Mokwena] he wasn’t playing and I don’t know why. Sometimes coaches have different opinions of their players. I was once a victim of such when a coach comes and doesn’t play you.
“I wonder why he was not being used, but at the end of the day the coach is the one who decides. I am happy for him that he is playing. He did well to remain focused and not to give up. Now he has got his chance and making use of it.”
The 32-year-old midfielder has only missed one game under the German mentor having started seven games in all competitions while providing six assists.
“Chiefs still have to play Pirates and Wits so it’s still early. All Pirates have to do is to keep pushing until the end,” Bucs legend added.