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Komphela reveals advice given to Gabuza

Thamsanqa Gabuza (Gallo Images)
Thamsanqa Gabuza (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Bloemfontein Celtic coach Steve Komphela has revealed he urged Orlando Pirates striker Thamsanqa Gabuza to always look at the bright side of life.

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Gabuza was roundly criticized after he created a goal for Pirates in the 2-1 victory over Black Leopards last Tuesday, before taking off his shirt and hurling it at the fans following abuse he was getting previously from Bucs fans.

The forward is often the target of the boo-boys due to his penchant for missing chances in front of goal for the Sea Robbers.

As such, Komphela explained he had a lengthy conversation with the player during which time he told him to see the positives.

Speaking to Kickoff, the Siwelele mentor said: "I spent 18 minutes 35 seconds today (Wednesday) talking to Gabuza while they were on their way [home] from Polokwane.

"The biggest challenge with us human beings is to look at what we want to achieve and without acknowledging the person across from us is also human. Competition must not bring an element of ruthlessness and irrational actions, you have to remain rational.

"I said to Gabzua, 'Listen, my man. The only way to come out of this – I might say, be strong, be strong, but I need to equip you with tools on how to be strong. Now, this is what you do: You're driving home, what's your favourite music?' He said R&B.

"I said, 'Go to the Apple playlists, go search for R&B and try to download. The more you get that, it gives you positive energy and you forget the rest. When you arrive at the club, where's your car' is it clean or dirty? Go and do what you like most'.

"There has to be a repetition of all these beautiful small things that ties you and gives you life. So that these consistent positives will make you feel light."

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