Mabasa not ready to give up at Pirates


Orlando Pirates striker Tshegofatso Mabasa believes his time will come again to regain his place in the starting line-up.

Mabasa has played second fiddle to 15-goal Malawian striker Gabadinho Mhango since the arrival of German coach Josef Zinnbauer in December last year.

The former Bloemfontein Celtic striker had scored six goals under previous coach Rhulani Mokwena before the arrival of Zinnbauer.

The 23-year-old will have another chance to raise his hand for a berth in the starting line-up when Absa Premiership games restart next week.

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Mabasa remains unfazed about the challenge of competing with Mhango for a place at Pirates and remains confident his time will come again to lead the Buccaneers frontline.

"What happened was that when we changed coaches, the new coach [Josef Zinnbauer] started with [Gabadinho] Mhango and he hit the ground running," Mabasa tells Lovemore Moyo in the latest KICK OFF Magazine – on sale now.

"He started scoring in every game. He was on form and there is no way you could take him out when he was in that kind of form. I supported him all the way while waiting for my chance, the same way he had done when I was starting.

"What I have made sure I do is to continue working hard and keep on pushing myself to the limit."

Don't miss out the rest of interview in which Mabasa reveals how former coach Steve Komphela helped build his character and strong mentality to play professional football