Being at a big club like Orlando Pirates requires big match temperament and a strong mentality. This, coupled with competition for places, does not go down too well with fringe players in the team as they continuously battle to break into the starting XI.
This has been the case for midfielder Lehlogonolo Masalesa and striker Thamsanqa Gabuza. The pair has hardly featured for us this season, and for the better of their careers we ask, should they leave the club?
I don’t see their situation getting better anytime soon as well, and here’s why.
Masalesa was tipped to have a bright future at the club as he is a highly talented player. It’s just unfortunate that he has to compete with Issa Sarr, Thandani Ntshumayelo and Oupa Manyisa in the middle of the park. He is yet to prove that he is different, or even better than the rest of the midfielders at the club.
Gabuza is in the same boat as Masalesa but he has to compete with goal getters Lehlohonolo Majoro and Kermit Erasmus. The striker was a hit with his former club Golden Arrows, but failed to make an impact after he joined us in 2013.
To make matters worse, Gabuza would have to compete with third in command Lennox Bacela - who has been getting more game time in recent weeks. This means Gabuza has been pushed right down the pecking order in the striking department, with proven goal creators and scorers ahead of him.
This is not an ideal situation for any player and moving away from such a competitive environment may be in the best interest of these players’ careers.
Do you agree?