Place for Myeni in Bucs team not a given

2012-02-04 14:48

Sifiso Myeni’s move to Orlando Pirates was both a good career move and a business one.

Maybe a little bit of both, as he is reported to be in the pound seats now.

But it could end up being a suicidal move for the 24-year-old midfielder.

If Myeni thinks he will just walk into the Pirates team, he will have to think again.

If he was an automatic choice for Wits, the same cannot be said at Pirates, particularly as he has first to prove his fitness.

He has not kicked a ball since he sustained an ankle injury in December and although he has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, he’s optimistic he will come back sooner than expected.

Unlike at Wits, competition at Pirates is stiff as everyone jostles for positions. Maybe this is what Myeni needs – to prove himself in a big team and show that he can compete with the best.

Many before him have made similar moves only to realise later that it was not the best move for their career. Tefu Mashamaite (Myeni’s former leader at Wits) found his move to Kaizer Chiefs at the beginning of the season was not as fruitful as he antici-pated.

At Sundowns Myeni was going to compete for wing positions with well-established players Elias Pelembe, Lebohang Mokoena and Anthony Laffor and it was going to be difficult for him to break into the team.

On paper, a move to Chiefs would have been perfect as competition is not as fierce as at Pirates. Apart from Siphiwe Tshabalala, Chiefs have no other regular winger, as Mandla Masango and Abia Nale have been used sparingly.

There is no doubt that a fit Myeni could easily win a position in Julio Leal’s team but he would have to fight the likes of Daine Klate, Tlou Segolela, Dikgang Mabalane, Rudolf Bester, Mark Mayambela and new recruits Luis Boa Morte and Njabulo Manqana.

Others who are also capable of switching positions are Isaac Chansa, Tokelo Rantie and Mayambela.
But this week Myeni sounded confident that he would force his way into the team.

He said he wasn’t scared of the challenge and believed he had what it takes to be a regular in the team.

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