An Orlando Pirates striker, who has been under pressure to score for the team, has received a confidence booster after scoring a goal for his national team this week.
Having been called up for Zambia's senior national team, Bucs’ Justin Shonga went on to score one of the goals as Chipolopolo beat Guinea-Bissau 2-1 in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Zambia on Wednesday.
Following the 1-1 Absa Premiership between Pirates and AmaZulu at the King Zwelithini Stadium last Saturday, Shonga was under fire from some of the fans for missing numerous goalscoring opportunities.
However, Bucs Head Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic defended Shonga from the criticism of the fans.
“He did the hardest part to come and create the chances, however, he was not converting. Now those are the players we count on… we need to encourage them – we need to give them support because it could not be that all the hard work that he has done has gone because of missing chances. We are not playing the blame game. These are our boys. We have the highest degree of respect for them, we believe in them, we have trust and confidence in them. We believe that when we give support, the time will come.”
Shonga’s Bucs teammate Augustine Mulenga also featured for Zambia in the Afcon qualifier.