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Sikhosana Praises Mabasa’s Drive After Loan Setbacks

  • May 21, 2024
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Sikhosana Praises Mabasa’s Drive After Loan Setbacks

Former Orlando Pirates striker Jerry Sikhosana hails the remarkable transformation of Tshegofatso Mabasa.

After returning from loan stints at Sekhukhune United and Moroka Swallows, Mabasa has become a goal-scoring machine for the Soweto giants.

Sikhosana, a Pirates legend himself, believes the loan spells proved crucial for Mabasa’s development. “[Mabasa’s time away] might have worked in his favor,” says Sikhosana. “He recognized his own talent and changed his approach.”

Mabasa currently tops the league’s scoring charts with 15 goals, impressive considering he spent the first half of the season with Swallows. Since his return, he’s netted an additional nine goals in just 12 league matches, bringing his total to 12 goals in 16 games across all competitions.

“Sometimes it depends on whether they took him seriously,” Sikhosana suggests, hinting at Mabasa’s limited playing time at Sekhukhune last season, where he managed only two goals in 18 appearances. Pirates initially loaned him out to Swallows based on those numbers. However, Mabasa thrived with the Due Birds, scoring six goals in 15 matches across all competitions.

Sikhosana emphasizes the importance of a player’s mental state: “It’s all about the inner soul of the player. He’s turned things around with a positive attitude, and it’s showing in his performance for Pirates.”

Despite his impressive goal-scoring form, Mabasa was surprisingly overlooked by Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. Sikhosana acknowledges the disappointment but encourages Mabasa to keep focused: “He’s doing well, and I’m happy for him. He’s taking his game to another level.”

Sikhosana is legendary with Pirates having brought the star on top of the club’s badge by scoring that crucial goal in the second leg of the CAF Champions League final against ASEC Mimosas in Abidjan in 1995.

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