Why Shonga is not playing for Pirates?

In this international break, one question is actual again. Why Orlando Pirates don’t use Justin Shonga in his matches? He is a player who scored two goals for Zambia against Benin in a friendly match.

Shonga didn’t play for Rulani Mokwena’s team in the previous five Absa Premiership matches. But this is strange because we know how important he was in the last season for the club.

Orlando Pirates aren’t played the official game since September 28. All this break leaves them without some players which are playing in their national teams. Because of that Rulani couldn’t count on them. But is that true? If we look at PSL results in South Africa, it is obvious that he didn’t play for some time.

Shonga statistic

In the last season, he scored 12 goals in 43 matches. This are a number of goals during all competitions. All this was very important for Pirates in the last season. But not in this one.


After the journalist ask him why Shonga has been sidelined, coach Rulani had a strange answer. He said that Mobasa is a challenge. Shonga is important for the club, but right now he offers a different dynamic in-game model of playing.

Also, he knows that for this place they have a lot of players who are competing for this position. All of them are important players and strikers. Justin played well for Zambia. Score two nice goals for the team. Mokwena said that he spoke with the player to analyze his playing. They look at all problems, work on them. He wants to have one ideal team in the future.

For sure, Pirates spoke with Shonga. He is in a good club, but he needs to compete for his position. In the club, we can see some other important players. He needs to be aware of them. There is no doubt that he will get a chance in the future. But when he gets one, he will need to grab her. Then he needs to show them how much he worth.

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