Ndoro biggest catch so far

Zimbabwean international striker Tendai Ndoro has become the Absa Premiership’s biggest signing so far, following his recent move from Mpumalanga Black Aces to former champions Orlando Pirates.

Tendai Ndoro
Tendai Ndoro

The former Chicken Inn striker was announced among the five Pirates signings last week, after he penned a three-year deal with the Soweto giants, who had failed in two previous attempts to get the Zimbabwe Warriors striker.

Already, former Pirates winger and Bafana Bafana legend, Helman Mkhalele, has tipped the Zimbabwean to shine in Mayfair, where fellow countrymen – Ralph Matema and Takesure Chinyama were unceremoniously shown the door on different occasions, after they failed to live up to the hype that accompanied their arrival.

Mkhalele told the media early this week that Ndoro’s arrival would auger well for Pirates, who wish to bring back both domestic and continental glory to their trophy cabinet after two barren seasons.

“I am pleased with him (Ndoro) joining Pirates because I have watched him play and I think it was a wise move to bring him to the club,” said former South African star Mkhalele in a recent interview.

“You can see that the decision was a well-informed one because he is also an international player and this is important when you consider that Pirates are competing in the CAF Confederation Cup. Ndoro offers more than goals and I think he will thrive at a big club like Pirates.”

To become a Pirates star, Ndoro will have to shrug off competition with the likes of Lehlohonolo Majoro and Kermit Erasmus – who were Coach Eric Tinkler’s preferred forwards last season, while Thamsanqa Gabuza will also be lurking on the sidelines.

Mkhalele hoped the competition for starting places would bolster the Bucs’ attacking options and make theirs the most potent strike force in the league. “This is the kind of depth that is needed at a big club like Pirates. The strikers know that they will have to step it up because Ndoro has a decent record. I hope that the fans will rally behind him and give him a chance to help put the club at the top of South African domestic football this season.”

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