Wounded Siphesihle Ndlovu delighted to get the job done

Siphesihle Ndlovu feels that Orlando Pirates are on an upward trajectory after an improved display against Cape Town City on Tuesday night.

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Orlando Pirates’ versatile Siphesihle Ndlovu was thrilled that his team managed to kill off the game early against Cape Town City.

Pirates were made to sweat to get past Uthongathi FC in the Nedbank Cup over the weekend and a pair of early strikes came as a relief to the Buccaneers who are desperately seeking consistency in their performances.

Siphesihle Ndlovu battles on as Pirates secure three points

Coach Josef Zinnbauer defended his use of squad rotation, which has seen Ndlovu turn out in five different positions so far this season.

Ndlovu also played on despite a gash on his head sustained when he was part of a mid-air collision with teammate Thabang Monare.

The utility player was key to Orlando Pirates neutralising Cape Town City’s threat down the wing and he earned himself the man of the match award for his efforts.

“First of, all I’m very happy to receive this accolade, it’s really an honour to have this and it shows because I’ve been working hard and I’m happy to get the reward,” Ndlovu told SuperSport TV.

“It was a team effort, we had to work hard, we had to grind for ourselves, for our results today because we know Cape Town City when they come to play against us they always have that motivation,” he said.

“So I’m very happy that we kept them quiet and got the victory today. It was very important for us to kill the game early, so I’m very happy that we scored the two goals very early.

“It had to change the dynamic of the game and I’m very happy that we killed the game early then we settled,” he added.

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Thabang Monare of Orlando Pirates collapses after a clash of heads with teammates Siphesihle Ndlovu of Orlando Pirates during the DStv Premiership 2020/21 match between Orlando Pirates and Cape Town City on the 09 February 2020 at Orlando Stadium, Soweto Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Ndlovu finished the match with a bandaged head while Monare was taken off as a precuationary measure but Zinnbauer says that both players should be fit for Orlando Pirates trip to Botswana to face Jwaneng Galaxy over the weekend.

“He feels in the moment fine, I’m happy it’s not more than what you see from the outside,” the Pirates coach told SuperSport.

“It was a very crazy accident and I’m happy both players [are fine], Ndlovu had a cut, Monare had nothing, I hope the night is good and he feels well in the morning,” he added.

In the English Premier League trials have already begun on concussion substitutes and improved assessment methods with concerns over the longterm health of players rising. It remains to be seen whether such measures will be brought to the PSL.

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