Bacela joined the Soweto giants from Bloemfontein Celtic before the start of the season, and despite scoring 12 goals already this term, he remains unpopular among the Bucs fansOrlando Pirates striker Lennox Bacela has seemingly done enough to get himself on the good books of new coach Vladimir Vermezovic, who told Goal that the former Santos marksman will be seen more on the pitch than in the stands.
Bacela netted 11 goals in all competitions in his first few months at the club. He struggled with form after the Caf Champions League campaign and he was subsequently relegated to the stands by former coach Roger de Sa (who has since joined Ajax Cape Town).
However, Bacela is slowly getting back into the team and could soon be the main man in the Pirates' attack under Vermezovic, especially if he is going to bury the chances created by his teammates in each and every game.
"I am told he was scoring goals for the team last year," Vermezovic told Goal. "I think he lost his form along the way, but it happens to every player. We will assist him to get back to his form and hopefully he can score (regularly) again," he said.
The 30-year-old Bacela scored his 12th goal of the season against his former side Santos in the Nedbank Cup on Friday night, and with his peers currently firing blanks, this could be the right time for him to start cementing his place in the team.
Lehlohonolo Majoro is also in contention for a place in the team, and the two could fit into Vermezovic's 4-4-2 system until the end of the season. The former Chiefs and AmaZulu hitman hasn't been at his best in his last three appearances for the Buccaneers, but he certainly knows what is expected of him as a striker.
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