Tshegofatso Mabasa Orlando Pirates

Orlando Pirates returnee Tshegofatso Mabasa. Image: @TshegofatsoMabasa/Instagram

Could Orlando Pirates striker join ex-Chiefs star in Romania?

Orlando Pirates forward Tshegofatso Mabasa is attracting interest overseas, and could join a former Chiefs star at a top club.

Tshegofatso Mabasa Orlando Pirates

Orlando Pirates returnee Tshegofatso Mabasa. Image: @TshegofatsoMabasa/Instagram

Mabasa returned to Orlando Pirates in January after a loan spell at Moroka Swallows, and he has been in top form ever since, scoring eight goals in 10 matches.

In addition, he has contributed three assists, and has received high praise from Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro.

“One more piece in our structure, an important one right now. I’m happy when the players especially the forwards are delivering goals but especially getting the responsibility in the last metres. Constantly he’s offering us other options and possibilities for the players that are playing around, for our number 10s, it’s helping us to be aggressive in our pressing, he’s the first defender of the team when we don’t have the ball,” Riveiro said.

“It’s contributing to the role that we assigned to the number 9 position, and so far, he’s doing well.”

In the league, Mabasa is now well positioned as joint top goalscorer (11) along with Mamelodi Sundowns’ Lucas Ribeiro and Cape Town City’s Khanyisa Mayo.

It’s this sort of form that not only attracted interest from Mamelodi Sundowns earlier this year, but now top overseas clubs are also coming knocking.

Mabasa has been contracted at Orlando Pirates since 2019

Orlando Pirates recently exercised their option to extend his contract through to June 2026, which prevented a move to Sundowns, but they could now be willing to sell the leading striker.

“FSCB (in Romania) want him. They are on top in the Super Liga and are likely to be playing in the UEFA Champions League. At the moment, I’m also talking to other clubs in Europe. But the idea is to help him keep his calm until the season is over,” Mabasa’s agent, Gary Cassisa, told The Citizen.

“At this point, his decision has to be considerate of his future as a player considering his age. Sundowns have the financial muscles to get him. But a chance at playing in the Champions League is not easy to resist.”

A former Chiefs player has been a huge success at FSCB

Last year, Siyabonga Ngezana made a blockbuster move from Chiefs to Romania, and has become an integral member of the FSCB team that’s set to win the league title for the first time in nearly a decade.

After spending seven seasons as a first-team player at Naturena, Ngezana has elevated his game overseas, and there’s no doubt the prospect of playing in Europe would also appeal to a player like Mabasa.

“The good thing is that Pirates are ready to sell and also open up space for upcoming youngsters,” Cassisa was also quoted to have said, according to FARPost.