Orlando Pirates midfielder Luvuyo Memela’s brace against rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the Soweto Derby has further solidified his worth to the Bucs faithful.
Memela netted his second brace of the season after scoring twice coming in as a second half substitute for Bernard Morrison. The 30-year-old’s goalscoring form also proved to be pivotal when he helped guide his side to a 3-2 victory over Baroka, where he also netted twice.
However, it always wasn’t always plain sailing for the star man who confirms with the Siya crew that when he joined the Soweto giants, there was much expectation to emulate former winger Sifiso Myeni.
“When I joined Pirates one of the key players was Sifiso and knew that eventually I would be required to take over from where he left off. He was an important player for the team and that motivated me,” said Memela.
“This was my first derby appearance since joining Pirates and I’m happy I managed to make a significant contribution and helping my team win. Now we have to focus on winning the remaining games and see what happens at the end of the season,” concluded the Bucs attacker.
Memela has scored five times in sixteen league appearances for the Buccaneers and will hope to find the back of the net regularly as the Soweto giants continue to put pressure on cross-city rivals, Mamelodi Sundowns in the race for the league title.