Bucs striker tipped for national success


Orlando Pirates striker Tshegofatso Mabasa has received high praise from his club coach, who suggested he could be a solution to Bafana Bafana’s scoring problems.

Mabasa impressively netted a brace against Chippa United on Saturday in what was his first start for Pirates since arriving from Bloemfontein Celtic, where he also tallied 10 goals in 22 starts in the Absa Premiership and Nedbank Cup last season.

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The 22-year-old, who has been earmarked for a star role at The Buccaneers by some club legends, has also left a massive impression on coach Rhulani Mokwena.

Mokwena believes that while the football qualities are obvious for all to see, Mabasa has all the makings to become a prominent figure on the international stage.

“Top boy; top human being. I don’t want to even talk about his football qualities, I think that was there for everybody to see [against Chippa],” said Mokwena.

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“But he’s a top human being, an extremely intelligent boy who is coachable and with a lot of potential. He’s still not ready hey, he needs a lot of humility and to keep his feet grounded.

“But he’s got a bright future, and the good thing is that he’s South African, because for a long time we haven’t seen a good South African striker coming through.

“And the boy shows a lot of promise, and hopefully he can be the solution to assist this country in terms of producing top strikers.”

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