Bucs Poor Season, Ndoro Speaks Out
Ndoro Has Given Reasons For Pirates Not Doing Well
In an exclusive Soccer Laduma interview this week, Orlando Pirates’ Tendai Ndoro has questioned unity among his teammates, compared to players from other PSL teams.
Speaking about this past season’s race for the top goalscorer award between him and Lebogang Manyama, said the PSL’s Footballer of the Season nominee had the backing of his Cape Town City teammates throughout.
“When I went to the AFCON, I had 11 goals and Lebogang Manyama was on eight. But when we came back, things were different. After ‘Lebo’ scored 11, I even told some of my mates that this guy is going to win (the Golden Boot award) because you can see the way their team plays. They play for one another. They say, “We have Lebo and must do everything for him so that even if we don’t win the league, we’ll have something to show for this season – the Top Goalscorer, the Telkom Knockout and the Player of the Season.” They were professional, they were united and you could see even off the field, they were always together. They have a relationship even off the field and it helped in that they could get along in whatever they were doing, unlike us at Orlando Pirates. Like, I will never go to any teammate of mine to suggest that we go somewhere and chill or come (with my teammate) to my place and chill. Those things sometimes contribute. Like, this week, we go to Ndoro’s place and next week we go to (Luvuyo) Memela’s place. But with us, if someone says, “Let me go to this one’s place”, it’s like you are creating a scene,” said the striker.
The Zimbabwean says he is inspired by the togetherness at the likes of City, Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs.
“There was none of that thing, that love, of saying we must play for one another. That thing contributed to us as Pirates not doing well because football is about love. If I don’t love my teammates, how am I supposed to love the game that I’m playing? We have to love one another so we can achieve. Even if we say results are not coming, but at least we will have love. Check Mamelodi Sundowns, Cape Town City and Kaizer Chiefs – those guys are always together. Sometimes I wish I can go home with my fellow striker so that we teach each other things and go together to the gym. Sometimes you see Chiefs players going to the gym together not wearing their club gear and I ask myself, “Huh, what’s wrong with us? Why don’t we do the same thing?” Even though results are not coming, but if we are showing people that we love one another, they will understand that results are not coming but these are guys in love. But now everyone is doing his own thing. Yes, we are different people and have our things to do after football, but why can’t we do things together just to show that love? If you say, “Each man for himself, God for us all”... ah, in a game of football, that’s hard, my man. Football is all about love,” said the 29-year-old.
Don’t miss out on Ndoro’s no-holds-barred interview in edition 1029 of Soccer Laduma, which is currently on the shelves.