Praise for Mbesuma but work still needed

Coach De Sa says Mbesuma goals come as a result of hard work in training

Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa has praised the efforts of the club’s new Zambian signing Collins Mbesuma but says the podgy forward still has work to do to get his weight down and to forge a first team place.

Mbesuma scored his first goals for his new club at the weekend as they came from behind to beat Pretoria University 3-1 at Loftus Stadium and move to second place in the Premier Soccer League standings.

"He has worked hard at his game and his weight, getting back to full fitness, but I don't think he is there yet," de Sa said.

"He did the job. I don't think his touches were great, but he did the business for us.

"In general his game wasn't fantastic, we could all see that, but he's aware that he has to work a lot harder."

Mbesuma’s two goals took to 68 his tally in 121 starts in the PSL – a rate of a goal less than every two games. He has scored at each of his previous clubs – Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, Moroka Swallows and Lamontville Golden Arrows.

De Sa says the depth in the Pirates squad allows him to dictate a style of tactics which are beginning to pay dividends. The new coach has three wins from four matches under his belt.

"The players enable you to play a style of football," he said.

"With the players that we have, it's easy to play a passing game because they are all able to play like that.

"There are changes (to the team's formation), but we do have the players that can play it."