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Orlando Pirates team vs Sekhukhune United at the Peter Mokaba Stadium. Image: BackpagePix.

14 goals, 3 assists: Orlando Pirates star wanted in Europe!

What a season this guy is having. Orlando Pirates striker Tshegofatso Mabasa is wanted in Europe, his agent has confirmed.

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Orlando Pirates team vs Sekhukhune United at the Peter Mokaba Stadium. Image: BackpagePix.

Orlando Pirates supporters need to expect anything next season. Tshegofatso Mabasa may be lost to Europe, or worse, Mamelodi Sundowns, just ask Thembinkosi Lorch.


The 27-year-old striker from Botshabelo, Bloemfontein shone bright in the first half of the season on loan at Moroka Swallows. Mabasa scored 6 goals in 15 games before Orlando Pirates recalled him. Three months later, Mabasa is on 14 goals and three assists.


Speaking to the media after the Orlando Pirates star’s golden spell as the DStv Premiership top goalscorer, Mabasa’s agent, Gary Cassisa, has confirmed the former Bloemfontein Celtic and Grey College star is a wanted man. Cassisa has told FARPost that Mabasa is wanted by Siyabonga Ngezana’s Romanian club FCSB, several unnamed clubs in Europe, while Sundowns are also circling after nearly signing the Orlando Pirates striker in January.

“The best advice I have given him is to put his head down and get the goals. One goal per game will leave him with a better chance of winning the Golden Boot and also to score more and achieve the same in the Nedbank Cup.

The Orlando Pirates player’s agent continued to add: “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.

“FSCB 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.

“The good thing is that [Orlando] Pirates are ready to sell and also open up space for upcoming youngsters. So we wait until the season ends.

“Initially, he was supposed to have joined Mamelodi Sundowns in January, but the move couldn’t happen. Orlando Pirates exercised their options to extend the contract, but all will be settled when the season ends,” Cassisa.

Mabasa’s numbers by club:

  • Bloemfontein Celtic: 12 goals, three assists in 59 games
  • Sekhukhune United: two goals, two assists in 20 games
  • Moroka Swallows: Six goals, zero assists in 15 games
  • Orlando Pirates: 26 goals, four assists in 76 games (includes his previous spell with the club before moving on loan to Sekhukhune and Swallows.

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