FEATURE By Ernest Makhaya Follow on Twitter
Lehlohonolo Majoro was regarded as one of the top marksmen in the country while at Kaizer Chiefs, but he has recently been reduced to an average player at Orlando Pirates.
His lack of game time under the tutelage of current head coach Eric Tinkler is a worrying factor, not only for him, but for those who supported his decision to leave Amakhosi in January 2014.
‘Major’ turned down a new contract at Chiefs because he wanted more game time and felt he wasn’t going to get any whilst Stuart Baxter was still in charge.
At the time, Baxter had Knowledge Musona (on loan from TSG Hoffenheim), Kingston Nkhatha and Bernard Parker as his strikers, with Majoro mainly used as an impact player.
Lehlohonolo Majoro | Living to regret Chiefs' exit?
The situation didn’t sit well with Majoro, who understandably felt his talent was being wasted on the Chiefs bench. He then moved to Mayfair to join Pirates after turning down several offers from the likes of Ajax Cape Town, Mpumalanga Black Aces and SuperSport United.
However, things have gone from promising to worse for the man who has been a professional for five years, and he may now be regretting his decision to leave Naturena.
At 29, Majoro should be spending more time on the pitch than on the sidelines as this has been the case in recent months despite his good goal return as a substitute last season.
Thamsanqa Gabuza’s resurgence hasn’t helped his cause. Why did he leave Chiefs for Pirates in the first place?
Well, the plan was to play regular football, but as Bruce Ramokadi told Goal on Monday, the striker hasn’t been convincing in recent matches and it could be because he isn’t working as hard as he used to three seasons ago.
Is Majoro down and out?
Majoro's recent comments on why he joined the Sea Robbers gave the majority of his fans hope that he’s still hungry for success, but whether or not that will reflect on his performance now that the Caf Confed Cup campaign is over remains to be seen.
The player stated, “I had an opportunity to watch them (Pirates) playing in the final of the Champions League and I saw the hunger and the commitment they showed when they were playing. It made me want to be a part of a group of hardworking individuals. I believe it’s one of the things that contributed to me moving to Pirates.”
Questions over his continuous exclusion in the Bafana Bafana squad were raised when he was banging in goals, mostly as a substitute late last season, but Majoro failed to replicate his club form when Shakes Mashaba gave him the chance to play for the country again.
Is Majoro's Bafana Bafana career over?
It is only fair to admit that Majoro hurt his international career the minute he decided not to renew his contract with the Glamour Boys in 2013 and the chances of him fully reclaiming his position in the squad are getting slimmer day by day.
Now the question is: Will Majoro runaway from the challenge of not playing regular football at Pirates the same way he did when Baxter chose Nkhatha and Musona ahead of him at Chiefs?
He may have learnt from this terrible mistake, but it may be too late for him to practice patience and perseverance at Pirates given his age and the number of other talented players who are also waiting on the wings, such as Tendai Ndoro and Siphamandla Sangweni.
This season only, Majoro has played 10 matches in domestic competitions and scored just once (against Ajax Cape Town); a poor record compared to 11 goals he scored in 30 games in all competitions last season.