Sun. Sep 20th, 2020

Orlando Pirates striker Justin Shonga linked with move to Tanzania

orlando pirates caf champs leagueOrlando Pirates are considering selling Zambia striker Justin Shonga but with four players released this week will need to do some recruiting.

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Orlando Pirates forward Justin Shonga could be set to leave the Buccaneers in favour of a move home to Tanzania heavyweights Simba SC.

Shonga joined Pirates early in the 2017/18 season from Zambian side Nkwazi FC. He has since established himself as a regular scoring vital goals for Milutin Sredojevic’s side. Shonga was particularly impressive in the Caf Champions League scoring four goals in eight appearances. He scored 12 across all competitions for Pirates last season.

His Zambia teammate Augustine Mulenga has slipped behind Shonga in the Pirates pecking order.

According to a report from Kickoff.com Simba have made contact with Pirates but the clubs are still some way off agreeing a deal. The 22-year-old former policeman is also on the radar for a handful of European clubs.

Pirates released four players this week in Thabo Qalinge, Jackson Mabokgwane, Abbubaker Mobara and Ayanda Nkosi, in a bid to refresh playing personnel.

The Buccaneers signed Bloemfontein Celtic striker Tshegofatso Mabasa earlier this week, a player very similar in style and stature to Shonga, prompting rumours of the Zambian’s departure.

With four players released and another, in defender Marshall Munetsi, sold to French Ligue 1 side Reims, Pirates might be reluctant to allow the striker to leave before securing and additional attacking option.

Justin Shonga one for the future for Orlando Pirates and Zambia

Shonga will not be at AFCON 2019, having been left out of Herve Renard’s final squad of 23. Renard favoured former Pirates striker, the 35-year-old Collins Mbesuma. The squad features three attackers over the age of 35.

Renard hopes his Zambia outfit will improve on the performance in their last AFCON outing but questions may be asked about his long-term plans for Chipolopolo.

“As we are today, we’re now getting to a state where we are better than we were in Angola,” Renard said at the squad announcement.

“You can see it in the squad and when you watch the players in action, you can see the commitment, hard work, determination and commitment. We will be competitive and be ready to play anybody. We are better than we were in Angola.”

Pirates were among the better sides in the PSL last season in terms of attack but let themselves down at critical junctures. Sredojevic should really be looking to hold onto a player of the ability of Shonga.

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