Cape Town - SuperSport United Chief Executive Officer Stan
Matthews says new signing Thamsanqa Gabuza is in the mould of former club
number nine Kingston Nkhatha.
Gabuza was brought in ahead of 2019/20 from Orlando Pirates
as the 32-year-old brought to an end a six-year stay with the Sea Robbers which
saw him score eight Premiership goals.
Some have questioned whether the forward is a valuable asset
for Bucs given his less than consistent strike-rate in front of goal, however,
Matthews takes the view that he has plenty to offer in support of number one
striker Bradley Grobler.
He told KickOff: "Last year we had [Mxolisi] Macuphu
and James Keene as players that could play as cover for Bradley [Grobler] and
with Bradley. Certainly, Macuphu had a decent combination with Bradley, so the
kind of direct, strong and physical number nine to support Bradley or cover for
him is important for us.
"Wits took Macuphu back, so Gabuza fits that mould
perfectly. He's big, strong and hard-working. I think he'll have a point to
prove to people, in terms of some of the treatment he gets from the fans.
"We believe in him, otherwise we would not have signed
him. We believe he brings a certain type of hard-working, honest quality that
we had in the likes of Kingston Nkhatha previously, Fikru Tefera. Those types
of players have always been valued at SuperSport."