Matema off the mark

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The Zimbabwean netted in the 1-1 draw with Free State Stars on Saturday, a relief after being touted as the answer to the Buccaneers goalscoring woes before his arrival from Highlanders in his homeland.

He came to South Africa with an excellent reputation after winning the Zimbabwean Premier League Top Goalscorer award last season, but has found himself largely on the sidelines to date.

_quoteHowever, he made the most of his inclusion in the side against Ea Lla Koto and repaid the faith shown in him by coach Owen da Gama with a goal in the 10th minute after a pass from midfielder Bennett Chenene.

"I thought the coach would take some time to play me as I had just returned back from injury," Matema tells snl24.com/kickoff. "I am still struggling with match fitness, but as long as I get the chance to play I am sure I will get there soon.

"It’s a great honour for me to play for big team like Pirates and it’s always nice to play before passionate fans like Pirates supporters. I don't want to make promises that I will score many goals for Pirates, but my main ambition is to make big contribution for the success of the team."