Mabokgwane hoping to retain spot

Mabokgwane earned a rare spot in the Buccaneers’ starting line-up as they were held to a 1-1 draw against AmaZulu at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday evening.

The hosts put out a resilient display to thwart the Soweto giants, as Emiliano Tade’s second-half strike cancelled out Augustine Mulenga’s 13th minute opener.

The 30-year-old felt his side should have wrapped it up after taking the early lead, but ultimately caused their own downfall as they failed to bury the chances they created.

“We made it tough for ourselves. AmaZulu is a very good team, they attack, they don’t park a bus against big teams, so they gave us a good game,” Mabokgwane told his club’s media team.

“I think we should have gotten the three points, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be and one point it is.”

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Despite conceding the one goal, the former Bidvest Wits shot-stopper pulled off some decent saves, with one in particular to deny Bongi Ntuli a clear-cut one-on-one chance in the 59th minute.

He therefore felt proud of his first display of the campaign, and hopes he did enough to earn a follow-up appearance in their next outing after the international break.

“I’m happy with my performance, considering that I haven’t played in a while. But I’ve been working very hard and preparing myself for that opportunity to come,” he added.

“On my personal performance, of course it’s good that I performed and obviously I stand a chance to keep my position in the team, which is good for myself.

“But, more important is the team. I’m one person who puts the team first and, if we didn’t win the game, for me personal performances don’t really matter so much.”

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