Jackson Mabokgwane promises to restore Orlando Pirates' pride in 2017/18 season
Posted: 5 July 2017 Time: 16:53
Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane describes last season a learning curve and promises to do better for the Buccaneers in the 2017/18 season.
The 29-year-old goalkeeper joined Pirates from Mpumalanga Black Aces last season, after deciding against remaining with newly formed Cape Town City.
Following his first season at the Mayfair-based outfit, the Bafana Bafana shotstopper has reviewed his own contribution and feels he didn't do too badly.
“For me personally it was a lesson – a step up, a level higher – and it was a learning curve because when you look at the stats [at Pirates] and my games you will see it wasn’t bad for me, personally,” Mabokgwane tells KickOff.com.
The clubs goalkeeping department has come under heavy criticism as they conceded 40 goals in 30 league games last season.
The number one jersey was shared between Mabokgwane, Brighton Mhlongo, and Siyabonga Mpontshane, but no one was able to retain their places under Muhsin Ertugral, interim coach Augusto Palacios and current mentor Kjell Jonevret.
Mabokgwane adds: “It was two phases – there were games where I was brilliant and there were games that I was terrible, terrible in a sense that I made a few mistakes.
“It was just always some good games and some games where I made some blunders. So, for me it is just to learn from those games and make sure I don’t make those kinds of mistakes again.”
After finishing 11th in the Absa Premiership standings last season, and without winning a trophy, Pirates fans were angry adding to the fact that the club was celebrating their 80th anniversary.
Mabokgwane urges the fans to keep on supporting the team as they aim to make amends in the 2017/18 campaign, and promise to bring back the smiles of their faithful followers.
“They [fans] must keep on supporting the club. They must keep on supporting us, the players. Obviously it was a tough season but we will do our best to make sure that we will take the team [back] where it belongs," he says.
“Pirates is a big team and we know what is expected of us. We promise to come back and make sure that we do our best next season."