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Opinion: Big boost for Bafana striker on his way to Pirates?

Orlando Pirates co-head coaches Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids finally sparked a change of fortunates in their striking department after trying out a combination that produced the goods in midweek. 

Pirates have been struggling to score goals, with the likes of Tshegofatso Mabasa, Kabelo Dlamini and Linda Mntambo not getting into good scoring opportunities, let alone score goals.

The Buccaneers headed to their midweek clash against Stellenbosch, surprisingly, as underdogs, given that Stellies were unbeaten since the start of the season.

However, they finally ended their goal-scoring woes, thrashing the Western Cape side 3-0 courtesy of a brace by Deon Hotto and a goal by Collins Makgaka.

It could have been 4-0, but Nigerian centre-back Olisa Ndah's goal was somehow disallowed. 

What proved decisive in the match was the combination between Makgaka and Hotto, as the Namibian was feeding off Makgaka's guile and creativity as a ball-playing striker.

Makgaka has been down the pecking order at Pirates since joining in September 2020 from Baroka and his future at the club was in the balance in the off-season, given his lack of game time.

However, he has given Pirates the composure they needed in the final third and has shown signs that he can score goals.

If Makgaka can build up some form, that could be good news for Pirates, for the future, as Baroka forward Evidence Makgopa has been reported to have signed for the Buccaneers but was loaned back to Bakgaga for a season.

If Bafana Bafana striker Makgopa joins the Buccaneers, as it has been reported, linking up with Makgaka would be a dream combination for Ncikazi and Davids, if they remain at the helm, considering that they played together at Baroka.

Makgopa could settle in quickly, with another former Baroka player Goodman Mosele also in Pirates' roster.

The Buccaneers covered some lost ground on the log against their competitors, with Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United all dropping points after playing to a 2-2 draw in the Tshwane derby.

Kaizer Chiefs also dropped two points after they were held to a 1-1 draw by AmaZulu and as a result, Pirates are just one point behind their Soweto rivals on the log in seventh place.

The Buccaneers will switch their focus back to the CAF Confederation Cup where they travel to Liberia to take on LPRC Oilers in the group stage play-off first-leg tie on Sunday.

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