Orlando Pirates’ first team coach Mandla Ncikazi has commented on the possibility of a starting berth for red-hot Tshegofatso Mabasa who has been banging in goals for the Buccaneers.
Mabasa has made three appearances for Pirates this season, two as a sub and one as a starter. In those matches, he has managed two goals, finding the back of the net against Swallows FC and Chippa United respectively.
This resurgence has led to a faction of the Pirates fans calling for the 24-year-old’s regular inclusion in the Pirates’ starting XI as the club’s main striker.
After the match, Ncikazi hinted that Mabasa’s encouraging form could see him lead the line on a more regular basis this season, if he manages to remain injury free.
“You know teams that win champions and matches have got a consistent line-up. If it’s possible and there are no injuries, we would love to keep the same team and without jumping the gun, I think he should start the next match,” he told Pirates’ media department.”
“Without disclosing much, we want to be consistent but sometimes injuries put you in positions that you don’t want to be. Pirates have been very unlucky lately with a lot of injuries, but I am happy for Mabasa. I’m happy for him to play two games and score two goals, more is to come,” he added.
Pirates’ next assignment comes in the form of Mamelodi Sundowns, who they take on at the Orlando Stadium next Saturday.