Cape Town - Bloemfontein Celtic
coach Steve Komphela has revealed he urged Orlando Pirates striker
Thamsanqa Gabuza to always look at the bright side of life.
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Gabuza was roundly criticized after he created a goal for Pirates in
the 2-1 victory over Black Leopards last Tuesday, before taking off his
shirt and hurling it at the fans following abuse he was getting
previously from Bucs fans.
The forward is often the target of the boo-boys due to his penchant for missing chances in front of goal for the Sea Robbers.
As such, Komphela explained he had a lengthy conversation with the player during which time he told him to see the positives.
Speaking to Kickoff, the Siwelele mentor said: "I spent 18
minutes 35 seconds today (Wednesday) talking to Gabuza while they were
on their way [home] from Polokwane.
"The biggest challenge with us human beings is to look at what we
want to achieve and without acknowledging the person across from us is
also human. Competition must not bring an element of ruthlessness and
irrational actions, you have to remain rational.
"I said to Gabzua, 'Listen, my man. The only way to come out of this –
I might say, be strong, be strong, but I need to equip you with tools
on how to be strong. Now, this is what you do: You're driving home,
what's your favourite music?' He said R&B.
"I said, 'Go to the Apple playlists, go search for R&B and try to
download. The more you get that, it gives you positive energy and you
forget the rest. When you arrive at the club, where's your car' is it
clean or dirty? Go and do what you like most'.
"There has to be a repetition of all these beautiful small things
that ties you and gives you life. So that these consistent positives
will make you feel light."