Edward Motale backs out-of-favour Ayanda Gcaba to stay at Orlando Pirates

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Having fallen down the pecking order under Micho, Motale doesn't think Gcaba should seek a move away from the club despite reports stating otherwise

Legendary Orlando Pirates defender Edward Motale believes it will be in the best interest of Ayanda Gcaba to stay at the club despite his lack of game time under Micho Sredojevic this season. 

“What he must do is to go and ask the coach why he isn’t playing before wanting to leave because a player like him cannot just sit on the bench,” Motale told Goal.

The 31-year-old hasn’t managed a single minute of action since the Serbian’s arrival weeks before the start of the season.

The impact of Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Happy Jele, Abbubaker Mobara, Mthokozisi Dube and Innocent Maela however, has not had any effect whatsoever on Gcaba's stagnated Bucs career.

“Any coach has got his own formations, philosophy and players he will play, but I wouldn’t say he wants to leave because the players in his position are performing or the team is performing," Motale said. 

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“That is not the case because the team itself isn’t performing well either. They have got so many draws and have conceded too many goals and are struggling to score goals themselves,” Motale continued.

In reference to his earlier notion, ‘Magents’ believes local players are too afraid to challenge their coaches with issues relating to game-time.

“The problem with our players is they don’t confront issues with the coach. When they don’t play regularly, they keep quiet, when they don’t get a pay rise, they keep quiet,” Motale argued.