Ndlondlo Just What The Doctor Ordered At Pirates?

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POLOKWANE, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 26: Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo of Marumo Gallants FC  during the DStv Premiership match between Marumo Gallants FC and Kaizer Chiefs at Peter Mokaba Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Polokwane, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix/Gallo Images),±â ûÇ?
POLOKWANE, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 26: Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo of Marumo Gallants FC during the DStv Premiership match between Marumo Gallants FC and Kaizer Chiefs at Peter Mokaba Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Polokwane, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix/Gallo Images),±â ûÇ?

Orlando Pirates pulled off two massive coups on transfer deadline day after they confirmed the capture of Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo and Kermit Erasmus. 

Ndlondo joined from Marumo Gallants on a thre-year deal while Erasmus put pen to paper on a two-year contract from Mamelodi Sundowns. 

Read:  Pirates Announce New Signing On Deadline Day

Although Erasmus' position is straight forward as a striker, he will directly compete with the likes of Zakhele Lepasa, Bienvenu Eva Nga and Evidence Makgopa. 

Ndlondlo, however, may not exactly have a fixed position, given that he has mainly played in a free role, from midfield to attack at Bahlabane Ba Ntwa.  

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Soccer Laduma looks at what Ndlondo brings to Pirates: 

Goals 

The Buccaneers have struggled to score consistently this season, with only six goals secored in their eight league matches. 

Ndlondlo, who has played in a role just behind the strikers at Gallants, will bring his knack of scoring goals to the club. 

The diminutive attacker scored nine goals for Bahlabane Ba Ntwa last season in all competitions, with eight coming from the regular league season, which is a decent return for a midfielder. 

That type of quality in front of goal could shake up the pecking order of strikers at the Soweto giants, with forwards such as Kwame Peprah and Terrence Dzvukamanja potentially falling behind and the likes of Kabelo Dlamini getting strong competition in the number ten role behind the strikers.  

Read: Shock As Pirates Announce Erasmus Return!

Dynamism in midfield 

Ndlondlo is also a dynamic midfielder, with the ability to link up play and may not take time to settle in a team that looks to play attacking football, with the emphasis on midfielders being good on the ball. 

The presence of former teammate at Gallants, Miguel Timm, will also help with his quick integration. 

After his move was confirmed on deadline day, Ndlondlo expressed his delight to join the Buccaneers and says it's a dream come true. 

"I am happy to be here. This is a dream come true for me," Ndlondlo said on the club's official website. 

"With the window closing [on Thursday], I didn’t think a move would happen, but football is an unpredictable game anything is possible. Here I am today speaking to you as an Orlando Pirates player. 

"I would like to express my gratitude to everybody at Marumo Gallants. To the players, coaches, and management, thank you for a wonderful couple of years… and to the fans, you will always have a place in my heart," he said. 

"As I said before, it’s a dream to be here and I look forward to joining up with my new teammates. I come here looking to make a meaningful contribution to this great institution," he added. 

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