Justin Shonga: Orlando Pirates should dig deep to improve on last season's top two finish

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The young forward, who scored four league goals for the Soweto giants last season, wants to find the back of the net on the regular basis this term

Orlando Pirates striker Justin Shonga says they need to work hard to improve on last season's second place finish in the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

The Zambia international was one of Bucs' key players as they challenged for the league title last season.

As a result, Pirates qualified for 2018/19 Caf Champions League campaign which is scheduled to kick-off in November 2018.

Shonga opened his scoring account for the new PSL season when he scored from the penalty spot during Bucs' 1-1 draw with Highlands Park at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto almost two weeks ago.

"I think that has helped a lot to build my confidence and I look forward to scoring more this season," Shonga said on Vodacom Soccer

Shonga was substituted in the 82nd minute as Pirates were eliminated from the 2018 MTN8 Cup by SuperSport United.

"I have to work hard and do more to help the team win games," the 21-year-old marksman continued.

The former Nkwazi FC striker made it clear that the Buccaneers are competing for the PSL title. The last time Bucs won the league title was in 2011 under the tutelage of Peruvian tactician Augusto Palacios.

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"The coaches always tell us that last season was about improving on the position on the table, but this season we have to work hard to improve and compete for the league title," he added.

The Buccaneers will be hoping to do well in the remaining tournaments - Telkom Knockout Cup, Nedbank Cup, Caf Champions League as well as in the league

"We are also playing in the Caf Champions League and it's going to be a tough season. We really have to work hard because we have a lot of games to play," he concluded.

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