Phakaaathi Reporter
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28 May 2020
1:40 pm

Mlambo’s time is wasted at Pirates – Malesela

Phakaaathi Reporter

Mlambo has fallen down in the pecking order at Pirates since the arrival of German coach Josef Zinnbauer.

Xola Mlambo (Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix)

Former Chippa United and TS Galaxy coach Dan Malesela believes midfielder Xola Mlambo’s time is wasted at the Orlando Pirates.

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Mlambo has fallen down in the pecking order at Pirates since the arrival of German coach Josef Zinnbauer.

The 28-year-old has not featured even ounce since Zinnbauer took over from Rulani Mokwena in December last year.

“I don’t think there’s a need for bouncing back or anything. I think the boy’s [Mlambo’s] time is being wasted,” Malesela told Sowetan.

“He needs to be understood. I think he was played at wrong positions at Pirates. Maybe it’s because many people look at what a player does with his feet, but not with his brain. His game is more mental than anything,” Malesela said.

“He probably would have created a lot of goals had he been played a little bit closer to the goals. You can’t expect him to go and do your dirty job. The players I don’t like are those said to be the ‘destroyers’, I don’t understand what they’re destroying because football is not WWE (wrestling).”

Mlambo’s Bucs contract is believed to be expiring at the end of next season.

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