Mon 18 Feb by Nick Said
Linda Mntambo may have had a slow start to the season but the Orlando Pirates midfielder has had a growing influence on the side as they prepare to travel to SuperSport United for a crucial Absa Premiership fixture on Wednesday.Mntambo grew up supporting The Buccaneers and has got to live his dream of wearing the black and white this campaign following a move from Chippa United at the start of the campaign.The 29-year-old only spent six months with the Chilli Boyz and before that was a stalwart in the National First Division with Jomo Cosmos, but is now relishing the opportunity to play for one of the country’s glamour clubs.
“I have always wanted to be a Buccaneer,” Mntambo said. “I live across the road from the stadium so I have always supported the team.“I never missed a game at Orlando while I was growing up and I always dreamt of seeing myself playing there. The last time I played here was terrible though; we lost 5-0 to Pirates while I was still at Jomo Cosmos!“I remember being very sad as I walked home after the game but also felt a little bit of joy for playing on the pitch despite the result. Now that I’m officially a Buccaneer, I’m over the moon.”Mntambo had tasted Soweto Derby success this season and also scored his first goal for the club in a 3-1 victory at Free State Stars. He has been an integral part of the club’s African Champions League campaign as well.He will be a part of the squad again when they face a must-win league clash with SuperSport, where both sides need the three points of they are to mount a serious challenge for the league title this campaign.
TAB punters should look out for his industry in midfield and eye for goal, which have been the hallmark of his career so far.Mntambo scored 12 goals in 86 starts for Cosmos and also had a spell with former second-tier side Roses United in the 2012/13 season.