With doubts cast over the availability of leading striker Bradley Grobler for SuperSport United’s match against Orlando Pirates, Thamsanqa Gabuza could be the man to lead the line against his former employers.
Coach Kaitano Tembo has been sweating over the fitness of Grobler, who suffered an ankle injury in SuperSport’s 1-0 loss to Bloemfontein Celtic in the MTN8 semi-final.
Speaking to the Siya crew, the coach has revealed how much of a loss it would be to face the Buccaneers without his leading striker.
“Everyone is well aware of how important he is for us. What he brings into the team with his quality in terms of our attacking structure and it will be a huge loss if he is not fully fit to play, because he leads our attack and he understands the way we want to play,” Tembo told the Siya crew.
Grobler’s absence, however, could be a blessing in disguise for Gabuza. The striker has been a man reborn since making the switch to Matsatsantsa from the Buccaneers last season. In his maiden season with the club, the 33-year-old scored six times for the Tshwane outfit.
This season, the striker is yet to find the back of the net for SuperSport, but his coach has faith that Gabuza, or any of the other forwards at the club, are capable of leading the line against Pirates this weekend.
“If he (Grobler) is not available we’ve got confidence in the other guys who are there who are also capable of leading the attack like Gabuza, Evans Rusike- who just came back from injury and is itching to play- as well as Gampani Lungu. There’s also Iqraam Rayners so any of those players can be able to slot in and do a job for us,” Tembo added.
The match between these two sides kicks off at 18:00 at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday.
SuperSport United have been hard at training ahead of their match against Pirates. Click through the gallery to see their preparations.