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Thamsanqa Gabuza's recent Orlando Pirates performances in numbers

Posted: 7 December 2017 Time: 17:00

Orlando Pirates striker Thamsanqa Gabuza possesses one of the worst records in front of goal in the Absa Premiership so far this season.

While he may be Pirates’ Absa Premiership top scorer with three goals to his name at present, Gabuza has been dismal in recent games, according to STATS.

‘Gandaganda’ last found the back of the net when he bagged a brace in the Buccaneers’ 2-2 league draw with Polokwane City on September 30.

However, the 31-year-old frontman has not registered a single shot on target in his last five league appearances, stretching back to Pirates’ 3-1 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns on November 1.

In fact, the last time Gabuza tested a goalkeeper was in 1-1 stalemate with Platinum Stars, in which he registered one shot on target in the 90 minutes he was on the park.

It could be argued that Gabuza’s main role is to hold up play and create opportunities for his teammates, yet he has also failed to register a single Premiership assist this season.

Overall, Cape Town City striker Lehlohonolo Majoro leads the charts in terms of shots at goal, averaging at 4,42 two shots per 90 minutes, followed by Bidvest Wits' Amr Gamal's average of 4,36 shots per 90 minutes.

The former Golden Arrows forward has played a total of 327 minutes in Pirates’ last five matches, and only managed three attempts on goal at an average of 0,83 shots per 90 minutes.

For a striker at any professional level that is a scary statistic, more so for an experienced one, playing at a club of Orlando Pirates’ calibre.

Gabuza vs SuperSport

Minutes: 89

Touches: 29

Shots (on target): 1 (0)

Passes (successful): 18 (14)

Offsides: 1

Dribbles: 0

Balls lost 10

Gabuza vs Celtic

Minutes: 89

Touches: 35

Shots (on target): 1 (0)

Passes (successful): 23 (11)

Offsides: 4

Dribbles: 0

Balls lost: 18

Gabuza vs Arrows

Minutes: 55

Touches: 25

Shots (on target): 0 (0)

Passes (successful): 25 (16)

Offsides: 0

Dribbles: 0

Balls lost: 7

Gabuza vs Sundowns

Minutes: 67

Touches: 27

Shots (on target): 0 (0)

Passes (successful): 23 (12)

Offsides: 3

Dribbles: 0

Balls lost: 13

Gabuza vs Chiefs

Minutes: 27

Touches: 5

Shots (on target): 1 (0)

Passes (successful): 2 (2)

Offsides: 0

Dribbles: 0

Balls lost: 2

Article by: Staff Reporter
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