Absa Premiership

SuperSport CEO compares Gabuza to Kingston Nkhatha

2019-07-29 15:45
Thamsanqa Gabuza
Thamsanqa Gabuza (Gallo Images)

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."


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