Absa Premiership

Palacios explains Ndoro exclusion

2017-02-21 07:57
Tendai Ndoro (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates' interim coach Augusto Palacios has explained his decision to start Thamsanqa Gabuza ahead of the Premiership's top goalscorer so far this season, Tendai Ndoro.

Ndoro has racked up 11 goals in 16 games this campaign, but has struggled to find the back of the net recently, forcing him to make way for Gabuza against Cape Town City on Saturday.

However, Gabuza also failed to score as the two teams drew 2-2 at Cape Town Stadium, with Riyaad Norodien and Dove Wome finding the back of the net.

"In football Costa is on the bench, Suarez is on the bench, Morata is on the bench. The problem in South Africa is people are surprised when you put someone on the bench," said Palacios, according to KickOff.

"Remember he [Ndoro] is our top goal scorer but in the last six or seven games he is not scoring. So to help him he needs to feel that there is someone there.

"I feel Gabuza did a very good job and the thing about strikers is that there is someone who can come in when a player has a situation and needs something to happen.

"But this will help him to realise to score and this is a team and not about an individual. Ndoro was on the bench and never complained."

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