Luvuyo Memela opens up on Gabadinho Mhango combination


Orlando Pirates’ impressive run of late has seen two stars step up to steer the club out of the rut they found themselves in earlier this season.

Pirates are unbeaten since the arrival of coach Josef Zinnbauer – winning four and drawing one of his first five matches, while striker Gabadinho Mhango has been indispensable during this run.

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Mhango has netted eight goals in the last five games, including a hat-trick and a brace, and is a strong contender for the January Absa Player of the Month award.

However, the Malawian international has one player in particular to pay tribute to during this purple patch – Luvuyo Memela, whom has set up no less than four of  Mhango’s goals in the last four matches.

The midfielder picked up the man of the match award in their 3-1 win over Highlands Park on Saturday, and has since opened up on their fruitful combination thus far.

“I think we’re combining well as a team. When you have the quality of Mhango, Lorch and Pule – especially us, we’re used to each other,” said Memela.

“It’s easy to play with a player like Mhango, because you always know that he likes going on the left side before coming inside to the right – he’s got a good right foot.

“So, the only thing I need to do is just to look for him, and he knows when I get the ball in the spaces I’m going to try and turn, and once I do he knows he needs to make a run for me to try and find him.

“But it’s all [being worked on] at training. We’ve been together now for about six or seven months, so it’s a matter of understanding each other.”

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