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Stober believes Pirates have a 'gem' in Mabasa

Former Orlando Pirates striker Gerald Stober believes Tshegofatso Mabasa is a 'gem' of a player and hopes the forward can score more than 10 goals this season.

Mabasa, who joined the Soweto giants from Bloemfontein Celtic at the start of this campaign, has scored three goals in his last two games.

The 23-year-old is well on track to beat his tally from last season when he hit the back of the net nine times for Siwelele to end second on the Premiership goal-scoring charts.

Stober told Kickoff: "I think he is decent hey, he's a gem, and I hope he gets more than 10 goals this season.

"As you know the South African strikers nowadays they can't get to 10 goals. But I think he will do well there under Rhulani [Mokwena].

"I think Rhulani gives him the freedom to play. But it's still early days hey, couple of games into the season, we will have to wait and see."

Stober also gave Mabasa some advice on how to become a firm fan-favourite at the Buccaneers.

"The striker needs to focus more on scoring goals than trying to be part of play and build-ups," Stober continued.

"When it gets to the last third you need to find yourself in a position where you can score. The only way to get the pressure off is to score goals.

"Look, the Pirates strikers are judged on how many goals they score, nothing else. So if he is not scoring goals, you know the crowd, they are going to get on his back.

"But I think he can score goals, he will become the favourite with the supporters. It's a big team you know, they sign you for a reason. You need to do your job."