Absa Premiership

Tinkler delighted for Gabuza

2015-06-12 14:42
Thamsanqa Gabuza (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler believes striker Thamsanqa Gabuza earned his call-up to the Bafana Bafana squad through determination and sheer power of will.

Read: Erasmus snub, Shakes has his reasons

The forward has been in impressive form in recent weeks, including scoring a brace in Pirates 4-1 win over AS Kaloum in the CAF Confederations Cup, while most of his contemporaries are on holiday.

It's been a long road to prominence for Gabuza, who has spent a large portion of his time at the Buccaneers on the bench, but he has earned the trust of Tinkler and has made the most of his opportunity.

He was not originally part of Shakes Mashaba's Bafana plans, but he was called up recently to replace the injured Tokelo Rantie and Tinkler couldn't be happier for him.

"It's sheer will power and focus for a player to sit, wait patiently for his opportunity and grab it with both hands," Tinkler told Soccer Laduma.

"As a coach, I am proud him and what he has achieved for himself in these recent weeks.

"It's also good to see the national team coach realising the hard work Gabuza puts in. I know he will do well at Bafana," Tinkler concluded.

Read more on:    orlando ­pirates  |  psl  |  eric tinkler  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Free State Stars v SuperSport United, Goble Park 19:30
Mamelodi Sundowns v Maritzburg United, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 19:30
Friday, 15 December 2017
Cape Town City FC v AmaZulu FC, Cape Town Stadium 20:00
Saturday, 16 December 2017
Mamelodi Sundowns v Bloemfontein Celtic, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 15:30
Chippa United v Polokwane City, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 15:30
Free State Stars v Orlando Pirates, Goble Park 18:00
Wits v Platinum Stars, Bidvest Stadium 20:15
Kaizer Chiefs v Ajax Cape Town, Moses Mabhida Stadium 20:15
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.