By MUKWIMA CHILALA
ZAMBIA international Augustine Mulenga says he left Orlando Pirates because of lack of game time under coach Josef Zinnbauer.
Speaking on SA.Fm Mulenga said that the fact that more players were recently signed at Orlando Pirates meant his situation wasn’t going to improve.
Mulenga said that being a national team player he felt that he would lose his position in national team if he didn’t get game time.
He notes that his former teammates were surprised when he told them about his intentions to leave Pirates.
“I’m a national team player and if I don’t get game time, then I will lose my place in the Zambia national team. I’m 30 and I need to play regularly. The coach didn’t play me much and I kept asking what I needed to do,” Mulenga said.
“Everyone was surprised that I wanted to leave, but I had to make a decision. The technical team even offered me to go on loan but I couldn’t do that. I also received the blessings of the chairman,” he said.
Mulenga who has been linked with a move to Pirate’s arch rivals Kaizer Chiefs said he would have to think twice about it if an offer came due to the respect he has for his former club.
He has however indicated that he would be keen on staying in the South African PSL because he believes he has unfinished business, and has received a lot of offers but hasn’t decided on his future yet.
“I would like to stay in South Africa because I feel I have unfinished business here,” he said.
“I have received many offers and I’m still considering my options. I would still like to play for a big club but I’d have to think twice if Chiefs came for me because Pirates fans are like family and I know what it would do to the supporters,” he said.
The Zambian forward joined Orland Pirates in 2018 after impressing both for Zanaco and the National team in the 2017/2018 soccer season.
By MUKWIMA CHILALA