Cape Town - Bloemfontein Celtic coach Steve
Komphela acknowledges that Tshegofatso Mabasa has bags of talent, but feels the
youngster needs to improve his mentality.
The 22-year-old striker has hit the ground
running this season under Komphela, scoring three goals in eight Premierships
starts to help lift the gloom at the cash-strapped club.
Mabasa had only managed to find the back of
the net on two occasions last term - both goals coming in the Telkom Knockout
as Siwelele reached the final, where they lost 1-0 to Wits.
The Celtic youth product finally registered
his first league goal against Chippa United on the opening weekend of the new
campaign, before getting on the scoresheet again three days later at Golden
After seeing Mabasa bag the winner against
Black Leopards last month, Komphela believes he has the attributes to succeed
in the game, although the South Africa international must learn not to dwell on
his missed chances.
"I think he needs to be stronger
mentally," the 51-year-old told KickOff website. "Talent he's got,
technical ability he has, he knows how to get into spaces and they do provide
him with goals.
"The one thing that I picked up is
that there is a goal he missed against Free State Stars and after missing that
ball he dropped [his head]. At this level you have to forget the mistakes and
look at what it is you do next.
"So, he needs to get to a certain
level of mental strength, where as a striker you miss but we remember the goals
you score. But we shall work on him because talent he's got."