Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
2 minute read
10 Dec 2021
9:11 am

Peprah contributing well for Pirates despite lack of goals, says Ncikazi

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

'We would love him to score, but I think he has contributed better,' says the Bucs co-coach.

Orlando Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi is adamant striker Kwame Peprah will soon bang in the goals for the Buccaneers. Picture: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

As Orlando Pirates struggle to find a consistent goal-scorer, co-coach Mandla Ncikazi has pinned his hope on Ghanaian striker Kwame Peprah to soon bang the goals for the Buccaneers going into their clash with TS Galaxy at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

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Since his arrival at the Buccaneers at the start of the current campaign, the 20-year old striker is yet to find the back of the net having made nine appearances for the club. But, Ncikazi is adamant that Peprah will soon get on the scoresheet.

“Any foreign international needs adaptation. I still have to see an international player that will come from his country and adapt immediately. For the period that he has spent in our club, you can see the progress that he is making. We would love him to score, but I think he has contributed better,” said the Bucs co-coach.

“Remember in the previous match he came out in the first half and in this match (against AmaZulu FC), he played the match to completion. He is a handful and defenders don’t like the type of striker that he is. Obviously, if the striker is not scoring then he must give an assist but again he contributes so well in set plays and I’m hopeful that shortly he is going to score.”

With the Buccaneers facing a Galaxy side that looks to have found its mojo after recording a 3-1 victory over Chippa United, while Bucs played to a 1-1 with Usuthu in their last outings, Ncikazi believes Pirates should be getting more points than they currently getting having registered plenty of draws in their games.

“It is important that we must become a team that plays good football but with points. If you don’t score goals in the game of football you are not going to win matches. There are teams that are not even playing half of what we are doing but they are getting the points.”

Pirates will go into this match with 20 points after playing 14 games, while Galaxy are on 12 from the same number of matches occupying seventh and 13th spots on the league standings respectively.