Highlands Park chief expects 15 goals a season from new signing Tendai Ndoro

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Highlands Park co-director Brad Kaftel expects 15 goals this season from new signing Tendai Ndoro.

The former Orlando Pirates and Ajax Cape Town striker completed his move to the Lions of the North on a one-year deal this week after lengthy contract negotiations.

“Fifteen,” Kaftel replied when asked by how many goals he wants from Ndoro this campaign.

“We are expecting two against Kaizer Chiefs on Tuesday night (laughing loudly). Look, I mean if you bring someone into the team who is a renowned goalscorer then we are expecting him to score goals you know. We are not bringing him to defend goals, we bring him in to score goals and I think he will. He can score, he knows what he is doing. He is a top professional, a Zimbabwean international. I think we are excited to have him.

“I think he can add value to our team. He is a good striker, he is a known goalscorer. He is a free agent and ja we happy with the deal.”

Kaftel reckons the club’s personnel and professionalism won the Zimbabwean over.

“Look, I think he can see we have got a good team. I think we’ve got a very good team, we’ve got a very good squad. We’ve got excellent coaching staff: Owen da Gama is a fabulous coach, Allan Freese is a fabulous coach, Victor Tshabalala is a fabulous coach. So we got good people. I think he can see that we are highly professional in what we do, and how we do it. And he obviously believes that he can fit in with us. We agreed you know, he is joining a highly professional outfit.”

Asked why the negotiations between the two parties took close to three weeks, Kaftel said: “Well, I think obviously we wanted to make sure that he will fit in with our style of play. You know sometimes it’s not necessarily about how good a player is, it is about whether he will fit in with our style of play. So we wanted to have a good look to see if he will fit in with our style of play. And then also negotiating terms with someone of that calibre doesn’t happen quickly, it takes time. I think it ended in a good arrangement for all. I think both parties needed time to make sure this is the right thing for him and the right thing for us. ”

He added: “I think what we’ll do, we’ll see how it works out, how he does. I think we’ll leave our options open and his options open. I think as the season progresses we’ll sign a longer-term contract. I’m sure we’ll do a deal with him to stay longer.”

Highlands’ next league encounter will be against red-hot Kaizer Chiefs at Makhuong Stadium on October 2 (19h30).