For the last couple of years, there has been a call for strikers in the PSL to pull up their socks and improve drastically. In the past where ’20-goal-a-season’ strikers were rife, one would find hitmen like Siyabonga Nomvethe and Mabhudi Khenyeza regularly bang in the goals.
Since then, the goals have dried up and such strikers have been hard to come by. There has also been a shortage of another kind of frontmen.
Yes, it’s been a long while seen a number nine type striker set the local scene alight. The closest we have come to such displays is from Orlando Pirates attacker Thamsanqa Gabuza.
To some degree, Gabuza has been in the shadows at Mayfair ever since his move to the club in 2013. Now though, he has been given his chance and has been nothing short of brilliant for his club.
This led to him receiving a national team call-up this year with his style of play being appreciated more and more.
Gabuza may not give you 20 goals a season but he could be the striker to allow a partner to such opportunities.
His efforts alongside the Kermit Erasmus for Bucs and Tokelo Rantie for Bafana Bafana with many believing that he is the leading number nine in the PSL.
Do you agree?