Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates striker Kermit Erasmus has praised his partnership with Thamsanqa Gabuza following the Buccaneers' 3-0 win over CF Mounana of Gabon in the CAF Confederations Cup last weekend.
Pirates progressed to the next stage of the continental showpiece event with a 5-2 aggregate victory, after the two sides played to a 2-all stalemate at the Stade Augustin Monédan de Sibang two weeks ago.
The Port Elizabeth-born forward’s first career hat-trick was sufficient for the Soweto giants to march on.
Erasmus, 24, said he enjoyed playing alongside the aggressive Gabuza, who made his job much easier on the night.
The former SuperSport United player also hinted that he would prefer to partner with the KZN-born goal poacher up front going forward.
“We all know that Gabuza is a good player and he is also an aggressive striker,” said Erasmus.
“He made things easy for me up front on the day and he did well for the team.
“I can always refer him to start with me up front because playing with two strikers in attack increases our chance of scoring goals.
“Gabuza hasn’t played much this season but he showed character and that he is hungry to play regularly.
“I give him all the credit because he played a vital role in our win.
“But at the end of the day it was a team effort.”
Pirates will face either Al Ahly or Raja Casablanca in the next round of the tournament.