Fit-again Mothiba ends 821-day goal wait

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Lebo Mothiba hit another milestone in his comeback from injury after scoring his first goal in nearly two-and-a-half years over the weekend.

Mothiba opened his account for the 2021/22 season on Sunday when he scored from the penalty spot in ESTAC Troyes' 2-0 Ligue 1 win over Girondins Bordeaux.

The Bafana Bafana striker's goal was the first time he has found the back of the net since 7 December 2019 when he scored for parent club Strasbourg in a 4-2 win over Toulouse, ending an 821-day wait to get his name on the scoresheet again.

In the period in between Sunday's goal and his previous strike, Mothiba spent nearly two years on the sidelines with consecutive knee, hip and hamstring injuries which saw him miss 40 matches before his return to action in January.

That came in a long-awaited return during Strasbourg's 1-0 defeat to Montpellier in the Coupe de France before he joined Troyes on loan for the remainder of the season.

Mothiba's return to fitness and form will also be a welcome boost for the South Africa national team, who last called on his services during the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt, although the upcoming March friendlies may come too soon for the 26-year-old.

Following Sunday's effort, he has now scored 19 goals in Ligue 1 across spells with LOSC Lille, Strasbourg and Troyes, while he also netted 10 times in Ligue 2 during a previous loan spell at Valenciennes. 

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