JOHANNESBURG – Orlando Pirates coach Rhulani Mokwena heaped praise on Tshegofatso Mabasa after he netted a brace against Chippa United to end the Buccaneers’ six-match winless run.
The Pirates striker was influential in the win over the Chilli Boys, he bullied defenders with his strength and ability to turn and shoot in the box. One of his goals came like that, with him shielding the ball well before firing a snapshot after his sharp turn.
He and Augustine Mulenga formed a good combination with Mabasa opening space for the Zambian striker.
The departure of Thamsanqa Gabuza could see Mabasa being entrusted with the role of being the club’s focal point in their attack.
“He was outstanding,” Mokwena said. “There’s still a lot of work to be done but there are things that the media and the supporters don’t see about him, he is a great human being. He is extremely intelligent.
He understands tactics and the game but at the same time he is so humble and coachable. He listens to everything that you ask of him. What more do you say as a coach when you’ve got honest, hardworking players?”
Pirates will look to build on their win against Chippa by getting another positive result against Bidvest Wits at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday. The Clever Boys will be a tougher challenge to Pirates than the struggling Chilli Boys.