SUPERSPORT United duo Thamsanqa Gabuza and Kudakwashe Mahachi are ready to inflict damage on their former team Orlando Pirates.
The two ex-Buccaneers joined MatsatsantsaA Pitori at the beginning of the season after falling down the pecking order at the Mayfair club.
But tomorrow, the pair will be hoping to haunt their former employers when United lock horns with Pirates in an Absa Premiership encounter at the Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit (7.30pm).
Gabuza, who spent seven years at Bucs and scored eight goals in 62 league appearances, is determined to have a much better time out in Pretoria.
The gangly striker had a torrid time last season as he was unable to score a single goal in 17 appearances, much to the frustration of the Bucs’ faithful.
However, with one game under his belt for United, Gabuza is confident that he can hit the kind of form that saw him earn 16 Bafana Bafana caps and netting six times.
“So far everything is going very well here at SuperSport,” said Gabuza.
“I’ve received a warm welcome and I’m happy to be here. I want to repay the faith showed in me by scoring as many goals as possible. I’m here to play and I was happy to start my first game against Sundowns, even though I did not score.
“There is another opportunity against Pirates, so hopefully I can find the back of the net. I’m excited to play against my former team. Footballers always relish coming up against their former clubs and I’m no different.”
Asked whether he would celebrate should he score against Bucs, Gabuza said: “I appreciate the six years I spent there. I am who I am today because of Pirates. But I will not hold back my excitement. I will do what I always do when I score.”
Mahachi, who spent just a single season with Bucs scoring three times in eleven league appearances, is also just as determined to impress against his former team.
Mahachi said joining United was a no- brainer after a frustrating season with the Soweto giants.
Said Mahachi: “It was easy making the decision to come here. SuperSport play good football and the coach is also from Zimbabwe, so I did not hesitate as soon as I heard they were interested.
“I want to thank Pirates for having afforded me the opportunity to represent such a big club, but I don’t want to look back. I’m happy I found a home at SuperSport and I will be working hard to try and help the team win something.”