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Riveiro On Golden Boot Contender Mabasa After Career Milestone

Orlando Pirates head coach Jose Riveiro says the continuity of game time has been key for Tshegofatso Mabasa‘s impressive form this season.

Mabasa, 27, bagged his first career hattrick as Pirates thrashed Golden Arrows 7-1 to move up to third place in the DStv Premiership.

It catapulted the South Africa international striker to the top of the Golden Boot charts alongside Lucas Ribeiro Costa on 10 league goals for the season.

And it’s been a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for the player who was deemed surplus to requirements at Pirates over the last two seasons, but found form playing at Moroka Swallows on loan in the first half of the 2023/24 campaign.

“Like every other player [Mabasa is the same] confidence and continuity it is key to performing, sometimes we’re not fair when we give one game in isolation, it’s not going to tell you the truth about the player,” Riveiro said at Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening.

“So the moment that you… first of all, if you’re playing regularly, it means that confidence is in you, from everyone around you and football form usually comes with competition. If now we speak positions like Tshego’s position, a specialist.

“Even though the role of the goalkeeper is now much bigger than before, they have to contribute and do a lot of things – like I said a few weeks ago, Tshego, like all other strikers in the squad as a player, helps the team play better.

“He has also the capacity to score goals like the rest of our strikers, so absolutely yes, to answer your question, but again, confidence continuity, have the opportunity to repeat in the starting eleven, or close to repeating the starting eleven like today. 

“We could play nine players coming from the Swallows game, will always help to find better chemistry on the field and today is a good example of that.”

Mabasa has 13 goals and two assists in 23 games across all competitions this season for Swallows and Pirates respectively.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.