Collins Mbesuma has said Justin Shonga should either leave Pirates for more game-time or simply stay on to fight for his place.
As reported here on Futaa this year, Shonga’s slid down the Pirates frontline pecking order after Milutin Sredojevic left the club in August 2019. The events have also led to rumours of a move to Tanzania’s Simba SC.
Asked what Shonga should be considering, Mbesuma told Goal: "Yeah, it's a tough one for Shonga. I'm not sure what he wants for his career but the advice I can give him is that as a soccer player, the more you play, the greater your chances of going far.
"The more you sit and don't play, that will affect your future and I think for me, you will remember what happened to me.
"I went to Golden Arrows and I came to Pirates and played regularly. So, I think it's all about what Shonga wants because it's really difficult to say going to Simba SC is a step back in his career when he is not playing regular football.
And how will more time on the bench affect Shonga’s role at Chipolopolo and his dream of playing in Europe? Mbesuma answered to say: "For me, he must be prepared to fight for his place at Pirates because it's a big club. If he doesn’t play at Pirates that affects his chances to play for the national team. I can say, he must stay and fight for his position and he can't relax.
"If there's no chance for him to play at Pirates, he needs to find a team and get a loan move and that depends on his contract at Pirates because the more you sit, the more he won't perform and realize his dream of going to Europe. He will get game time elsewhere,” concluded Mbesuma.