SuperSport United striker Thamsanqa Gabuza has revealed how his ‘agent’ Irvin Khoza proved to be the catalyst for his career revival after leaving Orlando Pirates.
Gabuza, 34, is in career-best form with Matsatsansa this season with six goals in his first 12 league games – something not many would have expected after his exit at Pirates.
Back in 2018, his love-hate relationship with the club reached an all-time low when he threw his shirt at supporters and substituted himself – which resulted in a red card – during a game against Black Leopards after forcing an own goal at Orlando Stadium.
He went on to feature just seven more times in the league for the Buccanneers after that which yielded no goals or assists.
But he was heavily defended by Khoza in the media in the aftermath, where he stated that he would be sent to a psychologist as he seemingly snapped under all the criticism from his own supporters.
“Our society is full of anger. We want to do things in a tone of violence. That [behaviour] can’t be right. Gabuza will leave football one day and become a serial killer because he feels rejected by the people that he loves and he thought they loved him,” Khoza said during a press conference back in 2018. “We will start complaining and says he is cursed. It starts with small things like these.”
Despite the heated incident as Pirates took the lead, he still holds a great relationship with the club’s chairman Irvin Khoza, who he’s praised for his role and getting his career back on track when he eventually left in August 2019.
“I talked to the Chairman and asked if I can go to a team where I can get regular game time and he said he will choose a team for me, and he got me to SuperSport United,” he told iDiski Times senior journalist Velile Mnyandu.
“Yeah, he is also my agent, I am glad he chose a team that I fit well with, like he told me not to worry, he will choose a team that I will fit in well with and I will get to show what I can do as a player, and I was happy with his selection.
“He advises me with everything, from moving from Golden Arrows to Orlando Pirates and now at SuperSport United.
“It makes me very happy having someone like the chairman, he has been handling my contract from Orlando Pirates to here at SuperSport United. I am really blessed to have someone like him in my life.”
Gabuza has scored 19 goals and registered six assists in his target-man role for SuperSport in 72 games across all competitions.
Read the full interview with Gabuza among many other hot news stories and great interviews in this week’s iDiski Times.