Kjell Jonevret backing for Tendai Ndoro and praise for Thamsanqa Gabuza


Though Ndoro remains the PSL’s joint-leading scorer with 12 goals, his fortunes have taken a dive having scored just once in Pirates' last 17 games in all competitions.

That single goal – a penalty against Free State Stars – remains the only one under his belt since the the arrival of their Swedish gaffer 11 games ago.

In contrast, fellow forward Gabuza has scored twice in the last three games, with his acrobatic strike over the weekend his first in the league since he slammed the equaliser in the Soweto Derby on January 30 last year.

“When you are a striker it is important to score goals and do it pretty often,” reasoned Jonevret.

“He [Ndoro] is a little bit down but in training he is always good in and around the box, but right now it is like he is not getting into the position where he can score.

"But when you have a player like this we should work with him because we know he is a good striker. Now there has been three games this week and with Gabuza you know exactly what you are going to get because he will work hard for us and keep the ball up there."

He added: "I never thought he could score a goal like that [against Chippa], he could have broken his back but it was well [taken]. 

“It is fantastic to also have a top scorer [Ndoro] on the bench also. We are going to continue working with him because we will need him in the last five to six games.

"We are lucky to have them [Ndoro and Gabuza] and they are very different to each other.”

With Jonevret not starting with two forwards, it has meant Ndoro and Gabuza have been interchanged through most games with the former starting seven games and the latter just four games in their last 11 games.