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Micho hails Gabuza's hard work

Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has praised striker Thamsanqa Gabuza for his hard work since he picked up a red card against Black Leopards.

Gabuza received his marching orders during Pirates' 2-1 victory on 28 August after he threw his shirt into the crowd and stormed off the field without the referee's permission.

Although the incident itself, which came as a result of Gabuza's unhappiness with the way he was being treated by supporters, has divided opinion; Sredojevic is in no doubt about the 31-year-old's desire to return to his team, having served a two-match suspension.

"Thamsanqa Gabuza is working very hard coming back from the break he had of two matches. He's in contention. It is purely on him when he will satisfy the criteria and standards that we are asking from the players in order to come back," the Serb told the media.

"We believe in him. We have already mentioned that let us not go back to what has happened. He's one regular member of the squad. He is an extremely positive personality out on the field of play (and) in the dressing room, and as such, he is working very hard with the finishing coach [Stephane Adam]."

Gabuza has not always been particularly prolific in front of goal for the Buccaneers, but Pirates legends Teboho Moloi and Helman Mkhalele have argued that his attributes will come in handy when the Sea Robbers begin their upcoming CAF Champions League campaign.