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AmaZulu Coach Mum On Mabasa, Focuses On Making History

  • April 12, 2024
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AmaZulu Coach Mum On Mabasa, Focuses On Making History

AmaZulu coach Pablo Franco Martin remained tight-lipped regarding potential renewed interest in Orlando Pirates striker Tshegofatso Mabasa, choosing to focus on the team’s objectives.

Media reports, including those from Sportwire, suggested AmaZulu expressed interest in signing Mabasa during the January transfer window, when he was still on loan at Moroka Swallows. However, the move fell through due to Swallows’ financial constraints, leading to Mabasa’s return to Pirates.

Since returning to Orlando Stadium, Mabasa has been in scintillating form, scoring seven goals in eight matches across all competitions. This impressive run includes a hat-trick in Pirates’ recent 7-1 demolition of Golden Arrows.

Despite Mabasa’s hot streak and AmaZulu’s apparent earlier interest, coach Martin declined to discuss the player.

“I don’t comment on players from other teams,” Martin said when asked by Sportwire if he was disappointed about missing out on Mabasa.

However, he acknowledged the importance of monitoring potential transfer targets. “As a technical team, it’s our responsibility to identify top players in the league who are available and could benefit the club’s future,” he explained.

“During the previous transfer window, we tried to strengthen the squad as much as possible, but there were limitations. We’re content with the current squad. While [Mabasa] is a great player, there are others we considered. We’ll revisit these options next season because our goals are ambitious: consistent top-four finishes, continental representation for AmaZulu in the CAF Champions League, and ultimately, competing for the title.”

“In the end,” Martin concluded, “it’s about the players and their quality, especially those who can make a difference in the penalty areas.”

It’s worth noting that three of Mabasa’s seven goals came in the Ke Yona Cup – two against Hungry Lions and one against Crystal Lake – which arguably kick-started his impressive run for Pirates this season.

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