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New Orlando Pirates striker Mulenga to add some flavour to South African football, says Zambia coach Nyirenda

10:21 WAT 08/02/2018
Augustine Kabaso Mulenga joins Orlando Pirates
The 2017 Zambian Footballer of the Year has been tipped to flourish at the Soweto giants

Zambia head coach Wedson Nyirenda has hailed Orlando Pirates’ new forward Augustine Mulenga as a magical player.

The midfielder-come-striker joined the Buccaneers from Zambian Super League giants Zanaco during the recent Transfer Window.

This was after Mulenga impressed at the 2018 African Nations Championship (Chan) finals where he helped Zambia reach the knockout stages.

Nyirenda, who played for Pirates' fierce rivals Kaizer Chiefs during his playing days, has since backed the Mulenga to shine in the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

“South Africans must brace themselves for great dazzling skills from the young man,” Nyirenda said on IOL.

Nicknamed Diego, Mulenga was on the radar of some of the biggest clubs in Africa, but he decided to join Pirates, who won the 1995 Caf Champions League.

Egyptian football powerhouse Al Ahly and Moroccan Wydad Casablanca are the two clubs which were reportedly hoping to sign Mulenga from Zanaco.

“Augustine will add some much needed flavour to Pirates and South African football at large," he said.

"The young man is magical. He can turn any defence around. He is really a good buy," Mulenga concluded.

Bucs head coach Milutin Sredojevic will be hoping that the 28-year-old attacker hits the ground running after receiving his South African work permit.

The Soweto giants have been relying on Mulenga's countryman Justin Shonga for goals in recent times.

Striker Shonga, who joined Bucs from Zambian side Nkwazi at the beginning of the current season, has scored only one goal in 10 league appearances.

The two forwards played an important role in helping Zambia qualify for the 2018 Chan finals.

Pirates are set to take on Ajax Cape Town in this season's Nedbank Cup Last 32 encounter on Saturday.

The encounter is scheduled to take place at the iconic Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg.

Sredojevic's side will be seeking revenge having lost 3-0 to Ajax in a league game in the Mother City last week.