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New Bucs Defender Targets Consistency & Bafana Call-Up

Newly signed Orlando Pirates defender Abel Mabaso has told Soccer Laduma that he has set his sights on being consistent for his new club.

As previously reported by the Siya crew, the 27-year-old utility player was rumoured to join the Soweto giants and an official announcement was made by the Bucs official website last week.  

Read: Three Confirmed Exits From Bucs, More To Follow?

Speaking to the crew, the former Chippa United player said that joining Pirates would help develop his game to become a more consistent performer.

“I’m looking forward (to) becoming a more consistent player when it comes to my performances,” said Mabaso. 

“When you join and play for a bigger club, you have to deliver the same performances game in and game out. Also, bigger clubs tend to have longer seasons because in most cases they play in more cup competitions. 

“For us, we have qualified for the CAF Champions League so that means our calendar will be filled with more games. This is where the consistency comes into play. As a player I want to play with the same intensity at the same level in all the league and cup games,” he added. 

Read: Van Heerden’s Emotional Message For Supporters After Bucs Exit

The lanky, versatile player also said that he hopes playing for Pirates will open opportunities for future Bafana Bafana call-ups.

“Playing for a big team always puts on you (in) the spotlight. I look forward to doing well and possibly earning a national call-up. But right now Pirates is where my focus is,” he concluded.  

The Durban-born player was part of a nine-man contingent announced by the club and included the likes of former Kaizer Chiefs keeper Brilliant Khuzwayo, Vincent Pule, Paseka Mako and Kudakwashe Mahachi among others.   

Furthermore, the Buccaneers have confirmed the departure of left back Marc van Heerden, which is a position that Mabaso will be competing for. 

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