Orlando Pirates legend Tebogo Moloi has urged his former club to protect Thamsanqa Gabuza, who has been booed by the fans for not scoring enough goals.
The 31-year-old forward was recently sent off during a Premier Soccer League (PSL) game against the Black Leopards after he walked off the field after throwing his jersey into the stands two weeks ago.
Pirates coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic claimed that Gabuza injured himself hence he left the pitch during the team's 2-1 win over Leopards, but the player is set to serve a two-match suspension as punishment for his behaviour.
“Pirates fans want the club to win and nothing less,” Moloi said on Isolezwe.
Gabuza, who has a love-hate relationship with the Bucs fans due to his inability to convert easy chances, has since apologize for his antics and he will see a psychologist to deal with his anger towards the fans.
Moloi stated that the Bucs' supporters have the right to express their feelings as they pay to see their team doing well.
“It is important to remember that fans will have an opinion on everything that happens on the field because they pay to be at the stadiums," he added.
The former Bucs midfielder and assistant coach stated that it is the club's responsibility to protect Gabuza, who played an important role in helping the Soweto giants reach the 2015 Caf Confederation Cup final.
“But it is the club’s job to keep Gabuza focused and to help him deal with being booed by fans. Being booed by fans is nothing new," he concluded.
Gabuza, who has yet to score in three league games this season, has apologised for his behaviour via the Buccaneers' social media platforms.
Pirates will be without the experienced striker when they lock horns with SuperSport United at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.