Jackson Mabokgwane embraces goalkeeper battle with Brighton Mhlongo, Felipe Ovono and Siyabonga Mpontshane at Orlando Pirates
Posted: 16 August 2016 Time: 14:30
Orlando Pirates newcomer Jackson Mabokgwane has embraced the battle for the number one jersey at Mayfair.
The former Mpumalanga Black Aces goalkeeper will vie with Brighton Mhlongo, Felipe Ovono and Siyabonga Mpontshane for game-time under coach Muhsin Ertugral this season.
"Pirates is a big club and it is very important we have competition in every position," says Mabokgwane.
"They brought us to bring competition and strengthen the keeper department. It's good for the team and it's great to have keepers that can be relied on."
Mabokgwane gave credit to Ovono for his performance in the Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup win over Platinum Stars on the weekend. The Equatorial Guinea international has returned to favour at Bucs after being transfer-listed in July.
"Well done to Ovono for his performance in the second half and during the penalty shootouts. We work collectively, we are a team. We are here to make sure we have the best goalkeeper department in the league."
The Bafana Bafana international adds: "Look this is pre-season, we are starting the league next week in a couple of days' time. It is important we remain fit and get organised and make sure we get things like the coach wants.
"It's not about me. Whoever starts in the season, it's important to remain as a team and achieve our goals as a team. Of course as goalkeepers we are a team, we support each other. Who ever starts we will be there to support and we will be there to assist him."
Meanwhile, Mabokgwane expressed his gratitude at joining a club he grew up supporting in Limpopo.
"I am very happy and honoured to be here," says the 28-year-old. "I want to thank the Almighty God. I want to thank the chairman, the technical team and the coach for giving me the opportunity to be part of the team.
"I feel happy and proud of myself. I am looking forward to playing well and winning trophies with the club."