Posted: 3 January 2019
Orlando Pirates forward Justin Shonga is hopeful that the new year brought with it good fortune as he feels the club thoroughly deserves a trophy.
Pirates last won silverware back in May 2014, when they lifted the Nedbank Cup under Vladimir Vermezovic, and the club’s supporters are desperate for the drought to end.
Many of the players themselves hold a similar craving, with one Shonga in particular having yet to taste glory since his arrival at the Soweto outfit back in 2017.
The Zambian international recently came within inches thereof but for anxiety getting the better of his teammates as they fell in the penalty shootout to lose out on the Telkom Knockout Cup to Baroka last month.
However, he is eager to get going again in 2019 and feels the brand of football they are currently putting out on the pitch is worthy of just rewards.
“A big club like Pirates wants to win trophies and wants to play finals and win a lot of cups when the opportunity presents itself,” Shonga tells KickOff.com.
“And since before I joined the team, they were not doing too well [in 2016/17 and 2017/18] and were not even in a cup final – always getting knocked out in the first or second round – or playing in the CAF Champions League.
“So, I think so far so good because this season we’ve done better. With the type of football and philosophy we play, and the game model we are using at our club, I think it deserves a trophy.
“The fact that we just finished another year without a trophy, we need to be so sad. On my side, I want to win many trophies with the club, and we have to raise the badge now back to the standard it belongs.”
The 22-year-old though, is mindful that the future cannot be controlled beyond the next game and is equally aware that opponents are out to get them in each and every match.
“In football we just have to take each game as it comes, because every team that plays against Pirates now wants to win because they have watched and analysed us, just like we do them,” he says.
“We need to go through games, work hard and put in the hours, but I should stress that it’s not going to be easy. Each and every game we play is going to be like a cup final, so we just need to remain focused and keep on working towards our goals.”
Article by: Chad Klate (@CKlatey)
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Source link : http://www.kickoff.com/news/91971/justin-shonga-feels-orlando-pirates-owed
Author : Chad Klate (@CKlatey)
Publish date : 2019-01-03 17:22:42