Bucs Legend Unsatisfied with Ndumiso Mabena Signing

New Orlando Pirates striker, Ndumiso Mabena while training with the club few weeks ago. Photo - Orlando Pirates

Former Orlando Pirates defender Mark Fish is not satisfied with the recently announced signing of striker Ndumiso Mabena by his former club. Mark Fish was part of the team that won the CAF Champions League final for the Buccaneers in 1995.

The Sea Robbers  announced the signings of Craig Martin from Cape Town City as well as Ndumiso Mabena who returns to the club for a second spell.  Mark Fish, also known as The Big Fish, feels the addition of Ndumiso Mabena is not a good signing for Pirates, when considering the age of the player.

Fish claimed: “Pirates certainly need a striker, someone that can score goals for them, and Ndumiso [Mabena] no disrespect to him at 35-year-old. If he can get Pirates 20 goals then that’ll be the signing of the season. But again, we all know when a player is a 35-year-old, he’s coming to the end of his career.”

“Pirates played at times the most attractive football in the country but certainly we all know the last five or six seasons the biggest problem is goal scoring.

The former English Premier League star asked: “Is this the man [Ndumiso Mabena] to score the goals at the age of 35 or are we trying to cover the gap for now as Pirates or we are we looking to the future.”

Mabena has played 308 matches since his professional football career started and  has scored 60 goals in his career. He returns to Pirates after he left the club back in 2014 to join Platinum Stars. The utility player joins Pirates on a one-and-a-half season deal.

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Former Bafana Bafana defender Mark Fish. Photo- BackpagePix
Former Bafana Bafana defender Mark Fish. Photo- BackpagePix