Orlando Pirates fans were hoping to see their new hitman, Souaibou Marou in action on Saturday night against All Stars in the Nedbank Cup last 32 match.
But it wasn’t to be, as the Cameroon international was kept on the bench, with another new signing, Makhehlene Makhaula making a cameo appearance towards the end of the 2-0 win for Bucs.
While the Bucs faithful await the striker’s debut, Ncikazi has given a glimpse of a type of player Marou is.
“He can play as a lethal striker, he can play two strikers on top, he can play on the side in a 4-3-3. He’s very versatile,”
“Let’s see how he adapts to the South African game and we’re hoping to get the best out of him.
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“What I always say is [it’s] not him. If the language is different from ours, it becomes an adaption that we need to overcome.
“But he is doing well, you can see he’s a top player. He just has to adapt to how we play.
“I’m hoping the adaption will be soon. I hoped and wished he could have had a chance today.
Maybe he’ll have chances in the next game. “
With Dzvukamanja having rediscovered his form, and Kermit Erasmus, Ndumiso Mabena and Evidence Makgopa all hungry for some game time, competition for the striking role at Orlando Pirates has become interesting.
Marou’s stats from the Confederations Cup and one international friendly for Cameroon, tell a story of a striker who is not shy in front of goal.
In ten matches in total, Marou scored four goals. Hopefully he will get a chance to show what he can do when Orlando Pirates take on Maritzburg United on Friday.