Johannesburg - Former Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana defender Siphiwe Mkhonza believes Orlando Pirates striker Thamsanqa Gabuza is the right man the country was looking for to lead the national team’s attack.
The KwaZulu-Natal goal-poacher is currently enjoying a rich vein of form for both club and country despite not playing the whole of last season.
His impact for the Buccaneers in the CAF Confederations Cup, and for Bafana in the last three outings, earned him plaudits from the South African football fraternity.
Gabuza, 27, scored two goals for Shakes Mashaba’s men in their last three outings and Mkhonza believes he could be the answer up front for Bafana.
“I believe that Thamsanqa Gabuza will contribute a lot to Bafana Bafanagoing forward,” said Mkhonza.
“Look at how he managed to score goals recently for the national team in a short space of time despite not playing regularly for Pirates.
“Look at his off-the-ball movements inside the box.
“That’s something which has been missing since Shakes Mashaba took over the reins.
“Like those movements he made before scoring against Mauritius on the weekend, that’s how a striker should play.
“He was combining very well with Mandla Masango and Siphelele Ntshangase on the day.
“The passes he was making were so brilliant and I believe that if he doesn’t score, he will then provide for someone to score.
“Gabuza is the right man we have been looking for up front.”