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Mike Mangena: Orlando Pirates' Thamsanqa Gabuza must score goals to prove critics wrong

16:19 EAT 02/09/2018
Nedbank Cup, Mike Mangena
The former Amakhosi striker has urged the Buccaneers hitman to hit the back of the net and let his critics eat a humble pie

Former Kaizer Chiefs striker Mike Mangena has urged Orlando Pirates striker Thamsanqa Gabuza to score goals regularly to ensure that the boos boys start believing in him.

The ex-Moroka Swallows striker who turned television pundit said he was also a victim of booing from his spell at Chiefs between 1978 and 1980.

“As a professional player, you must expect that you will be criticised by some in the football fraternity,” Mangena told Isolezwe.

“I once faced this situation as a player at Kaizer Chiefs, the supporters booed me,” said Mangena.

“I never retaliated, but I made them eat the humble pie by scoring goals and they eventually pushed for me to be included in the starting line-up,” he concluded.

The Buccaneers striker has recently been under pressure from fans after missing a number of chances especially in their game against Black Leopards last week in the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

During the same encounter, Gabuza contributed to their first goal which came through an own goal, but his reaction to the boos left many in shock.

The former Golden Arrows striker removed his shirt and threw it into the crowd before walking to the dressing room, he was eventually red carded by the referee for removing his shirt and walking off the field without the referees' permission. 

Moreover, the South African Players Union's Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe said the Gabuza incident will open a platform for players and clubs to deal with the trauma resulting from abuse by the supporters.

Although, the Bafana Bafana forward has since apologised for the incident, Gaoshubelwe believes there are many players suffering from stress caused by booing.

“The way Gabuza responded shows he was under this abuse for a long time and this was not the first time it happened to him,” added the Safpu president.

“I don't think after helping Pirates to score against Leopards then he would behave in that manner, this shows he has been bottling this anger and pain inside him,” he said.

“This is the time to find a solution regarding the abuse and stress facing the players who are not respected by the supporters,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, in the past years, the likes of Philemon Masinga, Kingston Nkhatha and Katlego Mphela were all victims of boo boys.