Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
1 minute read
12 Apr 2017
11:35 am

Gcaba regains his confidence

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

The tall defender says sitting on the bench was difficult, but he had to continue working hard until he got his chance to play.

FILE PICTURE: Ayanda Gcaba. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Having had to sit on the sidelines most of the time in the first round of the season, Orlando Pirates defender Ayanda Gcaba is relishing the opportunity to play once again.

The defender scored Pirates’ first goal of the match during the team’s 2-0 win over Maritzburg United in an Absa Premiership clash and was subsequently named man-of-the-match after the game for his solid performance at the back for Bucs.

“It happened that I did not play in the first half of the season but come the second half of the season I started playing and I regained my confidence even though the team was not doing well. After a few losses and draws, the confidence was down in the camp, but we told ourselves that we are in this position, we just have to work hard in training and face every game we play and see how it goes. Whether it was a good result or a bad one, we just did not want to give up. The most important thing for us now is to be in the top eight and see how far we can go in the Nedbank Cup,” the defender said.

Gcaba added that while he was not playing he just told himself to keep on working hard. He didn’t know anything about rumours linking him out of the club.

“I don’t know anything about teams looking to sign me, but what I know is that I was still in the team and I just told myself that I should just soldier on and see what happens because it is no use to give up when you are not playing. It has happened before and I never gave up; I just told myself that I will use any chance I get.”