Thamsanqa Gabuza defends against criticism and social media abuse
Posted: 27 January 2018 Time: 12:00
Orlando Pirates striker Thamsanqa Gabuza is unperturbed by the constant criticism he faces and says he is not out to prove anyone right or wrong.
Gabuza has come under mass scrutiny from the Pirates supporters, as well as South African football fans at large, over the past two seasons, due to his scoring tally of just 10 goals in all competitions since the start of the 2015/16 season.
The 30-year-old frontman puts out a massive shift whenever given an opportunity, but admits he is not satisfied with his inability to put the ball into the back of the net.
“I am not happy with how I am performing. I can run for 90 minutes, 120 minutes or for two hours, if a game were to be played for two hours,” Gabuza tells KICK OFF Magazine in the February edition, which is on sale now.
“I can run a lot, but if I don’t put the ball in the back of the net, then my job is not done. It’s about the goals at the end of the day.
“Whether you look at how many runs, starts or passes you have made as a striker, those people [supporters] don’t know how much you ran and how many assists you have. What they want is the ball to be in the back of the net.”
The burly Bafana Bafana international, however, maintains he is a top striker, and feels people are quick to forget his past achievements as he endures his current struggles.
“I was the leading scorer in CAF [Confederation Cup in 2015], but no-one brings that up – it was not a mistake. I am trying to re-find my style of scoring goals,” Gabuza adds.
“I know I am a good player and I know I can play football. There’s nobody I need to prove wrong or right. I just have to put the ball into the back of the net.”
Read the full interview in the February edition of KICK OFF Magazine – on sale NOW! Or download a digital copy here!