- Abel Mabaso says he jumped at the unexpected opportunity to move to Orlando Pirates
- He was one of Chippa United’s star performers last season
- Mabaso is one of nine new players signed to the Soweto giants
Abel Mabaso has revealed that he jumped at the unexpected opportunity to move to Orlando Pirates. Mabaso was one of Chippa United’s star performers last season and attracted the attention of the Soweto giants.
Mabaso is one of nine new arrivals at Orlando Pirates. The club is looking to bolster its squad ahead of a gruelling CAF African Champions League campaign.
The club said it wanted to compete in the African league while remaining competitive in local competitions, something other teams have struggled with in the past due to player fatigue.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Mabaso is a former Mamelodi Sundowns player who has spent time on loan at various clubs around the country.
KickOff.co.za reported that Mabaso himself was surprised when he was offered a berth at Orlando Pirates.
He said: “I was told by the club that Pirates are interested and they asked if I was also interested in moving, so I told them ‘yes, it’s an opportunity that does not come often’. I want to take up the challenge.”
Mabaso said Pirates was a big and historic club and the opportunity to play for the team didn’t come around often. Mabaso said he knew that playing for Pirates would come with added pressure and the expectation from fans was for the team to win each game.
He said the fact that Pirates offered him a place in their squad meant that he had been doing something right and gave him confidence in his own abilities.
He said the Pirates squad was strong and would be able to compete with any PSL team in all departments and facets of play.
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