Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic says that Marshall Munetsi will eventually work his way back into the team.
The Zimbabwean international has struggled for game time under the Serbian trainer during the current Premier Soccer League (PSL) campaign.
Munetsi, who is a defender-come-midfielder, has made only two appearances in the league.
"We have trust, confidence and belief that Munetsi will, in time, show us his best performances," Sredojevic told KweséESPN.
"Munetsi is working very hard in order to be competitive enough in relation to the other players competing for playing time in his position," he continued.
"Everywhere in the world, foreign football players need to be positive examples for locals, working much harder and performing better in order to prove a point to the club that they [deserve to be in the team]," the former Al Hilal Omdurman coach said.
Micho has used the 22-year-old in central defence and midfield with the player competing with the likes of Happy Jele, Musa Nyatama and Xola Mlambo for a place in the starting line-up.
"Munetsi is a very versatile football player with qualities to use the ball well and be involved in the build-up phase with passing range over short, middle and long distance," he explained.
"As a highly responsible player, he has drastically improved his defensive transition and counter-pressing abilities when the ball is lost," Micho added.
"He is a special football commando that can be utilised in any position, and we are happy to have him as Orlando Pirates player," he concluded.
Munetsi made 12 appearances for the Buccaneers in the league last season as they challenged for the PSL title.
Pirates will take on Lamontville Golden Arrows in their next league game at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Wednesday.