‘He’s a short-tempered person’ – ex-teammate weighs on Mabaso’s loss of form

Former Bloemfontein Celtic midfielder Roggert Nyundu has weighed in on Orlando Pirates’ striker Tshegofatso Mabasa’s recent loss of form.

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Mabasa, who was a notable rising star marking an impressive start to the 2019/20 season under the leadership of coach Rulani Mokwena, has been a regular for the Buccaneers after joining from Bloemfontein Celtic.

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Tshegofatso Mabasa with Orlando Pirates teammates during their Absa Premiership match.
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The 23-year-old has however lost his form and place to Frank ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango, who became the league’s leading goalscorer, under German coach Josef Zinnbauer.

Nyundu, who was playing alongside Mabasa at Celtic, has provided more information about the Bucs forward, who has bagged six goals this season.

“I played with him at Bloemfontein Celtic and what I know about Tshegofatso is that he is a short-tempered person,” Nyundu told Soccer Laduma.

“At Celtic he would be upset if he didn’t play. You know that all the players wouldn’t be happy when not playing and would complain about the coach that he doesn’t like them and all those things, and he would also be like that.

“The boy (Mabasa) is still young and I think sometimes he gets worried that (Gabadinho) Mhango is playing regularly and scoring goals, while he is not playing. Maybe his self-belief has also been affected by the situation,” he added.