Ex-Bucs striker urges Shonga to fight for his place

Former Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs striker Collins Mbesuma says Bucs forward Justin Shonga should stay with the Soweto giants and fight for his place.

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The 23-year-old forward joined Bucs from Nkwazi FC in 2017 and featured regularly over the past two seasons, with Mbesuma advising that should Shonga find himself struggling for some game time, then he should be open to a loan move.

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Orlando Pirates striker Justin Shonga during their Absa Premiership match.
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Shonga has so far played just eight Premier Soccer League games without registering a goal before the current season was suspended due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Mbesuma further urge his countryman that he must do what is best for his career, amid reported interest from Tanzanian team Simba SC.

“Yeah, it’s a tough one for Shonga. I’m not sure what he wants for his career but the advice I can give him is that as a soccer player, the more you play, the greater your chances of going far,” Mbesuma told Goal.com.

“The more you sit and don’t play, that will affect your future and I think for me, you will remember what happened to me.

“I went to Golden Arrows and I came to Pirates and played regularly. So, I think it’s all about what Shonga wants because it’s really difficult to say going to Simba SC is a step back in his career when he is not playing regular football.”

“For me, he must be prepared to fight for his place at Pirates because it’s a big club. If he doesn’t play at Pirates that affects his chances to play for the national team. I can say, he must stay and fight for his position and he can’t relax.

“If there’s no chance for him to play at Pirates, he needs to find a team and get a loan move and that depends on his contract at Pirates because the more you sit, the more he won’t perform and realize his dream of going to Europe. He will get game time elsewhere.”