Abbubakar Mobara downplays personal praise and lauds South Africa under-23 team effort
Posted: 5 August 2016 Time: 11:06
South Africa under-23 defender Abbubakar Mobara has praised his team’s efforts in their opening Men’s Olympic football clash against Brazil on Thursday evening.
Mobara bagged the Man of the Match award for his displays at right-back, managing to restrict the attacking threat of Neymar, as the two sides played to a 0-0 stalemate at the Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia.
The new Orlando Pirates signing played down his personal contribution as he lauded the support from the technical staff and his teammates, while urging the team to build on from their performance.
“This is a team sport,” said Mobara during the post-match press conference. “Besides my performance, I think the support and belief from the coach and technical staff brought out a lot in us, and the confidence and spirit was high in the team.
“Confidence wise, not just from me but from a team perspective, I think the team did exceptionally well despite the result. The fighting spirit was there and, even after going down by one man, the fighting spirit lifted even more.
“I think if we can continue on from this performance throughout the tournament then we can perform brilliantly.”
Owen Sa Gama’s side next face Denmark, who were held to a 0-0 draw by Iraq yesterday, in their penultimate Group B clash on Monday morning, with kick-off scheduled for 00h00 (SA time).