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Mazibuko just happy to be playing 27/02/04
Orlando Pirates midfielder Sibusiso Mazibuko has no problem being employed as a striker if it means getting regular game time.

The 26-year-old has spent much of the current Castle Premiership campaign kicking his heels on the sidelines after featuring prominently in Roy Barretos championship winning team last season.

But with goals about as rare as a road worthy minibus taxi, Pirates caretaker coach Augusto Palacios has started using Mazibuko upfront in place of established strikers like Jimmy Kauleza and James Mothibi.

Speaking in the latest edition of Soccer-Laduma, the Soweto-born Mazibuko says he is merely enjoying being out in the middle again.

I was really getting frustrated by my lack of action and I am glad that I have come back into the side, he says.

I just kept telling myself that I must work hard at training and that if I did then I would be given a chance, and that has happened.

Mazibuko says he has not heard of rumours that the club were after the services of talented Golden Arrows striker Mabuti Khanyeza.

He does, however, believe that the presence of a new striker will force the incumbent players to work harder.

Let me tell you that guys like Jimmy Kauelza and James Mothibi are good players," he says.

I think maybe it has something to do with confidence and the supporters are putting pressure on the guys to score goals.

I think if we can sign a new striker it will force the guys to work harder to get into the team. That can only be good for them.

The former Moroka Swallows and AmaZulu player, who has one Bafana Bafana B cap to his credit, also says as reigning league champions the Sea Robbers are starting to feel the pressure.

After a string of unimpressive results recently Pirates have all but fallen out of the running for league honours this season.

We know that we are one of the biggest clubs in the country and we should be competing for the championship every year, he tells Soccer-Laduma.

We have spoken at the club and have told ourselves that we must pull up our socks and go out and fight for the team.
We can see that Chiefs and Ajax are leading the pack but if they slip up we must be able to make the best of it.

Pirates have 36 points from 22 games.

Ajax are second on the standings with 39 points from 18 starts while Chiefs are a place behind with 37 points from 16.

Santos lead the way with 40 points from 21 matches.

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