Local News 19.8.2016 03:52 pm

Gabuza: I have nothing against Pirates supporters

Thamsanqa Gabuza of Orlando Pirates  (Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix)

Thamsanqa Gabuza of Orlando Pirates (Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix)

Orlando Pirates striker Thamsanqa Gabuza says fans voting him into the starting lineup in the Carling Black Label cup is proof that they still have faith in him.

Gabuza fell down the pecking order at Pirates towards the end of last season when goals dried up for him. He was benched, and it looked as though fans grew impatient with him for failing to form a formidable striking partnership with Tendai Ndoro.

The Bafana Bafana forward managed to score a goal in the Nedbank Cup semifinal against Free State Stars and made a rude gesture at fans in celebration. The striker later apologised to the team’s fans for the incident.

“I have nothing against Pirates supporters, and they have nothing against me too. The proof of that is the fact that they voted in the Carling Cup, and I was in the starting lineup in a Soweto Derby against Chiefs.

“That’s a clear indication that Bucs supporters still have faith in me. So I have no point to prove to anyone next season but to do my utmost to make a big impact in the team’s attack and help my team challenge for titles,” Gabuza told Vodacom Soccer.

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results

FS Stars 0-2 Chiefs
Arrows 1-1 SuperSport Utd
Baroka 1-4 Chippa Utd
Highlands 1-1 CT City

fixtures

Arrows vs Chippa Utd
FS Stars vs Maritzburg Utd
P Stars vs Celtic
Chiefs vs Ajax CT

psl log

# Team GP Pts
1 Kaizer Chiefs 5 10
2 Arrows 5 10
3 Orlando Pirates 4 8
4 Cape Town City 5 8
5 Polokwane City 5 8
6 Chippa United 3 7
7 Bidvest Wits 3 7
8 SuperSport United 5 6
9 Platinum Stars 4 5
10 Highlands Park 4 4
11 Maritzburg Utd 5 4
12 Baroka FC 5 4
13 Ajax Cape Town 4 2
14 Free State Stars 5 2
15 Sundowns 1 1
16 Bloem Celtic 3 1