Milutin Sredojevic outlines benefits of Thamsanqa Gabuza for Orlando Pirates vs Bidvest Wits


Gabuza has scored one goal in his 17 appearances in all competitions this season, dating back to Pirates 3-1 CAF Champions League win over Seychellois side Lightstars FC in December.

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The 31-year-old also came under fire in August when he stormed off the pitch after grabbing an assist against Black Leopards and waited three months before returning to the side.

He earned his first league start, since the infamous incident, against Bidvest Wits on Saturday and was again met with jeers over his failure to produce anything of substance up front before being taken off for Thabo Qalinge after the 70-minute mark.

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Micho has since outlined the technical team’s thinking in deploying the burly forward in a crucial encounter that had their title hopes pinned thereto.

“We respect our supporters, they are there to support; we are there to coach, and it was presented in a tactical football chess, I would want to call it,” explained Micho.

“It was something needed in order to get full focus of opponent’s defence to put away, because they had put so much on Gabuza.

“From that moment when Section [Qalinge] came in, we wanted to run beyond [their defence] and we changed in that exact moment, because when you have Gabuza on the field it is a magnetic invitation to send the ball to his body.

“But you are not sure if you’ll hold that ball, and whatever, later on, with Section we needed to put the ball on the ground, and it was exactly how we wanted.”

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