Orlando Pirates defender Ayanda Gcaba has stepped up as one of Bucs’ most reliable players in the last four matches, and seems likely to remain at centre-back alongside Rooi Mahamutsa.
Gcaba hasn’t been a regular starter for Bucs since his arrival from Free State Stars in 2012, after making over 60 appearances for Ea Lla Koto between 2008 and 2012.
The 27-year-old defender has patiently been waiting for his chance to become a vital part of Bucs’ starting XI following some heavy criticism from the Bucs faithful.
After the recent Soweto Derby, which ended in a 1-1 draw with possession split at 50/50, Gcaba ended the match as Bucs’ top defender by gaining possession 18 times for his team and playing 45 passes out of defence.
Mahamutsa and Gcaba have formed a formidable partnership in the last three matches, which includes the CAF Champions League semi-final second leg match against Esperance, the Telkom Knockout quarter-final win over Golden Arrows as well as the Soweto Derby draw.