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Tshegofatso Mabasa's future plans for the team are revealed

Fadlu Davids, Orlando Pirates' co-interim coach, has disclosed the team's plans for prolific attacker Tshegofatso Mabasa.

On Saturday, the 24-year-old striker came off the bench to score the game-winning goal for the Buccaneers in a 1-0 victory over their Soweto rivals, Swallows FC, in a PSL match.

Mabasa made his second appearance of the season for the Soweto giants after joining from Bloemfontein Celtic in July 2019. The left-footed marksman has struggled with injuries since joining from Bloemfontein Celtic in July 2019.

After missing pre-season due to injury, Davids, a retired striker, revealed that they are building Mabasa up around his individual periodisation plan.

Davids informed the media, "He was cleared at the time of our first encounter against Swallows [in the MTN8 quarter-final match on August 14]."

"So, in a sense, he is still in the midst of his own pre-season. We're working on his particular periodization plan, but he's doing well so far."

Last season, Mabasa suffered with injuries and was mostly utilized as a substitute, scoring five goals in two league starts for the Houghton-based team.

The Botshabelo-born striker, according to Davids, stands out among the Pirates' strikers, having scored 13 goals in ten league starts since joining the team.

"We're aware that he isn't yet capable of completing a full 90 minutes at the level of effort that we require. For him, however, it's a gradual process "He didn't stop talking.

"Yes, he has a goal in him all the time, and he's a different type of striker than the ones we have. He's also always at the appropriate place and time."

Mabasa last played in a league game for the Buccaneers in May of this year, when he scored a brace in a 3-0 win at Orlando Stadium.

When Pirates face a battered Chippa United side at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday, they'll be hoping Mabasa finds the back of the net once more.

The Chilli Boys were defeated 1-0 by a struggling Royal AM side in a PSL match over the weekend and will be anxious to win their first game against Pirates since 2016.

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