- Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has given an update on when fans can expect Thamsanqa Gabuza to return to the team
- Gabuza has not played since his infamous on-field meltdown in the PSL match against Black Leopards
- Sredojevic also spoke about goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo’s injury and how his recovery was progressing
Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has given the club’s supporters and the media an update on when they might expect to see Thamsanqa Gabuza makes his long-awaited return to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) starting team.
Gabuza has not played a PSL match since his now infamous on-field meltdown in Orlando’s match against Black Leopards on 28 August. Sredojevic said Gabuza remained a very important part of the squad and team.
Sredojevic said Gabuza could return to the playing squad at any time but added that Gabuza’s return depended on him doing the things which he needed to do to make his return. Sredojevic said Gabuza knew 100% what he needed to work on to make a return and that the ball was now in his court.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Sredojevic said he, the technical team and the club’s management still had absolute faith in Gabuza and would continue to support the player in whatever ways he needs support.
Sredojevic told Citizen.co.za that Gabuza remained an integral part of the team’s plan and he would be a key factor in the upcoming CAF Champions League campaign.
Gabuza received a two-match ban for his behaviour during the match against Black Leopards. He removed his jersey, angrily threw it into the crowd before making gestures to a section of the crowd which had heckled him. Gabuza then left the field with an apparent injury.
His ban was punishment for breaking conduct rules which forbid players from removing their jersey’s or shirts and for leaving the field of play without informing the referee.
Sredojevic also provided an update on the injury suffered by goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo. He revealed that Khuzwayo had undergone surgery which had proceeded without incident.
Sredojevic said he did not have a concrete date for Khuzwayo’s return but said the club was in no rush and would give Khuzwayo all the time he needs to recover.
Khuzwayo made a high-profile move to Orlando Pirates from Kaizer Chiefs at the end of last season but has yet to make his debut for his new side due to the injury which will see him out of football for at least the rest of 2018.
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