Cape Town - Orlando Pirates legend Edward 'Magents' Motale believes defender Ayanda Gcaba deserves more recognition than he is currently getting.
The retired Buccaneer's defender believes that Gcaba has stood tall as a senior in the squad with Rooi Mahamutsa injury and the recent retirement of Siyabonga Sangweni.
The 30-year-old defender has totalled 23 appearances in all competition season for the Buccaneers this season, and Motale has called for more respect for the former Bafana Bafana defender.
"I think he has done really well from where he left off early in the season." Motale told Vodacom Soccer.
"Remember he started a few games, and then was on the bench again and after that, he was given another opportunity and he has never looked back ever since then.
"His game has matured a lot and he is playing wise, you can see that he is assuming that role as a one of the seniors at the club, service wise.
"He's taken his chance and he is using it well, for that, personally he deserves much more respect.
"Personally, I feel he may not be getting enough recognition say maybe from the media.
"But how he's dealt with it needs to be lauded because he keeps going back and getting the job done for the club.
"Maybe the fact that he is not on the newspapers is making him thrive through it all, but I feel the guy needs to be respected for what he's done and I am glad to see that the club has continued to repay him for this faith.
"Clearly, they see a lot of positives in him too.
"He must be doing something right, because they keep renewing his contract."
Gcaba is capped three times for Bafana Bafana and was a late call up to Shakes Mashaba's 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Squad.