Abbubaker Mobara wants Pirates to turn the tables on SuperSport
Posted: 21 June 2017 Time: 17:50
Orlando Pirates defender-cum-midfielder Abbubaker Mobara considers reaching a cup final enough motivation to spur him on to wanting to go up the podium as the champion.
Having only played in just two finals in his career to date, Mobara values such moments more than many of those who will wearing the same colours as him on Saturday night against SuperSport United at Moses Mabhida Stadium in the 2017 Nedbank Cup final.
He already knows of the misery of being a runner-up after losing the Nedbank Cup two years ago and also knows of the joy after lifting the MTN8 in 2015 while still with Ajax Cape Town.
“It is a good feeling just knowing that you are in a final and that should be a motivation on its own already,” says Mobara, who missed a vital kick in the penalty shoot-out two years ago when Ajax lost to Mamelodi Sundowns after a 0-0 draw.
“If every single player can believe and be motivated in just knowing that you are in a final it should be a motivation on its own already. If every single player can believe I think the chance of winning it can be even better than before.
“Everybody won’t give us a chance because of all the bad results and the fact that we have struggled against SuperSport this season but football changes. It doesn’t mean that because they scored six against us then they will give us six in the final.
“That [6-1 defeat] is something that we must forget and forgive us ourselves that it happened and just move on to see what the final holds,” he reasons.
It is normal that the 6-1 humiliation at the hands of their opponents back in November last year which led to the sudden resignation of Muhsin Ertugral will be mentioned so much that it will ring a bell in the Pirates players’ heads as they sleep.
Mobara is, however, drawing inspiration from the ‘half a dozen’ that SuperSport scored and is hoping that they can do the same to Matsatsantsa.
“As a human being you are supposed to think of it because it sends chills into your body knowing that what if this team gives you six again. Yet with fear there comes a lot of things out of you that you didn’t expect.
“I mean just knowing that the vibe in the changeroom is good I think we can take that to Saturday. I think the half a dozen that they gave us, I don’t it will happen again, we will score a half a dozen ourselves,” he says.