Abbubaker Mobara enjoying Orlando Pirates captaincy
Posted: 22 January 2018 Time: 14:30
Orlando Pirates utility player Abbubaker Mobara says he is learning a great deal from captaining the Soweto giants.
The 23-year-old recently led Pirates in the 3-1 win over Mamelodi Sundowns and 1-1 draw with Polokwane City in the absence of skipper Thabo Matlaba.
Bucs coach Milutin Sredojevic has made clear he values Mobara, who has nevertheless been linked with a move to champions Bidvest Wits.
"It's a very good experience for myself coming from Cape Town into a big team like this and getting the armband," said Mobara after the clash with Rise and Shine at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.
"It is something which I will grow into and learn and it is a good feeling. It teaches me how to be a leader and obviously from the coaching perspective to lead and guide the team throughout the match."
The former Ajax Cape Town man is confident the Buccaneers, who are sixth on the Premiership table with 27 points from 18 matches, can finish the season strongly and make up for a disastrous 2016/17.
The Sea Robbers finished outside of the top eight last term for the first time in PSL history, coming in a lowly 11th.
"Last season was obviously a learning curve for me‚ coming from Cape Town and into a team that didn't do so well‚ didn't make the MTN8," said Mobara.
"But it's all behind us. We've learned from it and we're still learning from it. We don't want to repeat it. So for me personally, I have to push to play to the best of my ability‚ to push myself in order to learn.
"And also the help of the coaching staff is amazing. They're always doing the right things to help us.
"And from that, I think the players gain a lot of confidence because they believe in us and then we have to repay them by playing football and winning games.
"We will end this season strong. I have big belief in the players and the character and attitude that we have this season."
Sredojevic's men next visit bottom-placed Platinum Stars at Royal Bafokeng Stadium this Saturday (15h30).