Orlando Pirates striker is being taught football basics by Rhulani Mokoena

Thamsanqa Gabuza says he is being taught football basics by Orlando Pirates assistant coach, Rhulani Mokwena.

Gabuza has appeared to be enjoying his football and impressive form at Bucs this season under Milutin Sredojevic and Mokwena. The striker is the team’s leading goal scorer with three goals.

He is trailing the league’s pacesetters in Polokwane City’s Rodney Ramagalela and Baroka’s Gift Motupa, who have each scored four goals so far in the current Absa Premiership campaign.

Gabuza scored his first goal of the season against Chippa United in the opening game of the campaign, while the other two came against Rise and Shine in the last game before the FIFA international break.

In his interview in edition 1044 of Soccer Laduma, the 30-year-old credited the Pirates assistant coach for teaching him the football basics.

“As long as I have the belief from the people I work with, people who impart knowledge in me every day, I’m fine. I don’t want to disappoint those people. Rhulani Mokwena is teaching me football basics that I didn’t know about before. If I stick to those instructions every day, I will be the best striker,” said the forward.

Gandaganda, as Gabuza is fondly known, has heaped praise on the former Mamelodi Sundowns assistant coach for his contribution at Bucs.

“That guy, my man… eish… he’s intelligent and he knows football in a way that I never thought people would know football. He knows football too much! The way he studies football and shares his football knowledge… now I’m starting to enjoy football the way I’ve never done before because of him. This guy looks like he’s crazy because of football, I’m telling you. He can tell you about every player’s style of play, what he does at what time during the game and so on, and this applies locally and overseas. By the time you enter the field, you know your opponent inside out. That’s just how he loves football. The way that I love football nowadays, every day I wish training doesn’t come to an end. I feel like training all the time,” explained Gabuza.


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