Absa Premiership

Gabuza happy to bide his time

2015-05-06 13:51
Thamsanqa Gabuza (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Thamsanqa Gabuza may have spent virtually the entire season on the periphery at Orlando Pirates, but the striker insists he is more than happy to play any role for the Soweto giants.

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The forward made his first start of the campaign only last month in the first leg of Pirates' CAF Confederations Cup clash against CF Mounana, while the return fixture at the Orlando Stadium marked his first home start for 2014/15.

And, with his contributions this term limited to only a handful of appearances, most players would likely be looking to manufacture a move away, but Gabuza insists he is more than happy to keep working hard for his chance.

"I was happy to finally get a chance to start for my team. I was actually given my first opportunity to start this season when we played FC Mounana away in Gabon, which was a real honour for me, but to start at home in front of our supporters, it was a very special moment," he told his club's official website.

"But this wasn't just about me, it was about the faith the coach, as well as my team-mates, were putting in me. It is true I have been out for a long time but I understand that we have very good players who have been performing well for the team, therefore I had to be patient and work very hard at training so that when an opportunity came my way, I would be able to capitalise."

He continued: "I would like to thank the chairman (Dr Irvin Khoza), he made me understand the game by pointing out my strengths and weaknesses. He explained that he acquired my services because I am tall, physical, I drop deep to collect the ball and that I am full of energy.

"So when I played I tried to incorporate all of the above. When we had possession I was always thinking how can I use it best to benefit the team and when we lost possession I was hustling to win the ball back because I understood that it's about the team and my job was to try and contribute positively to help the team archive its goal of winning the match."

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