Jacobs surprised by Gurirab’s form

Orlando Pirates head coach Woody Jacobs is surprised by his forward Isaskar Gurirab’s form, saying that he has evolved quite fast and is settling in well at the club.

12 May 2021 | Sports

LIMBA MUPETAMI

WINDHOEK

Orlando Pirates coach Woody Jacobs has found a gem in Isaskar Gurirab, who is leading the goal-scoring chart in the Namibia Premier League with eight goals.

Gurirab made a move from Life Fighters early this year and looks to have found his home with the Buccaneers.

“Gurirab is evolving a great deal. It’s Just a matter of time before he moves abroad and plays elsewhere. He has grown in leaps and bounds and now he is playing in a team that also sees his strength and is helping him to achieve greatness.

“His movement in the box and finishing are second to none. He has grown at Pirates even though he has just been with the team for five months,” added Jacobs.

On the ball

On Sunday alone, Gurirab scored three goals for Pirates when they beat Blue Waters 5-3 in a dramatic match which also saw him getting a red card for the second time in the transitional league for fouling an opponent.

The 23-year-old Gurirab was unimpressed with that decision from the referee, alleging that he had not touched his opponent.

But he has his eyes firmly on the prize and said it would not deter him from chasing more goals.

“I’m focused and will continue to work hard. I want to play football hence the fact that I left Life Fighters.

“I was also on trial with Difaâ Hassani El Jadidi in Morocco but I had to return due to injury.

“They wanted a consistent player but the injury I picked up spoiled that. I still hope that I can move abroad but for now, I’m giving my all for Pirates,” said Gurirab.

Live broadcast appreciated

He also mentioned the importance of the live coverage by Namibia Media Holdings.

“The reason most players are still here is because foreign clubs want to see footage of us playing. To be honest, the live broadcast has helped so much in that regard.

“With the upcoming MTC Namibia Football Association Cup, I really hope that it can continue,” added Gurirab.

The NPFL transitional league consists of Black Africa, Orlando Pirates, Tigers, Citizens, Young Brazilians, Civics, Mighty Gunners, Blue Waters, Tura Magic, Eleven Arrows, Julinho and Young Africans.

Pirates have so far scored 15 goals in the transitional league and have not been beaten in any of their matches.

Pirates next face Mighty Gunners, Young Brazilians and Tigers, who have also made it to the Golden League.

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