Mabaso could not turn Pirates down

The former Mamelodi Sundowns player was one of Chippa United’s star performers last season and attracted the interest of the Soweto giants. He admits the move came about as a surprise for him.

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Mabaso, who was previously loaned out by Sundowns to Maritzburg United and Ajax Cape Town, is one of nine signings Pirates have made. The others are: Brilliant Khuzwayo, Ben Motshwari, Asavela Mbekile, Paseka Mako, Meshack Maphangule, Linda Mntambo, Vincent Pule and Kudakwashe Mahachi.

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“I was told by the club that Pirates are interested and they asked if I was also interested in moving, so I told them ‘yes, it’s an opportunity that does not come often’. I want to take up the challenge,” Mabaso tells

“It’s a big team and a big institution and there’s a lot of expectations from players. It’s a club that has a rich history of success and I am aware of that. You are expected to win every match and every match is a big game.

“I was excited, which means there was something right I was doing for them to be interested in me.”

Competition in the team will be even harder in the Pirates squad as they look to go one better than last season’s second-place finish in the Absa Premiership.

“It’s a strong squad, which is good because we need to be competing on all fronts. You need to have the depth, so it’s a good thing to have competition,” Mabaso says.

“It will help us to push each other to do well and support each other for the benefit on the club. That’s the most important thing.”

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