Eagles vs Bafana: Baxter Converts Central Defender, Mobara, to Right Back

Eagles vs Bafana: Baxter Converts Central Defender, Mobara, to Right Back

Coach Stuart Baxter’s Bafana Bafana which is preparing to face the Super Eagles in Uyo in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, appears to be taking shape.

Sports Village Square’s sources in South Africa report that the team which began its formal camping on Saturday has already assigned one Abbubaker Mobara to man the team’s right rear guard position.

Mobara’s traditional position is the central defence which he mans for Orlando Pirates.

Coach Stuart Baxter is reported to be impressed with Mobara’s performances against Brazil at right-back for the under-23s at last year’s Olympics in Rio.

Mobara, who made 26 appearances in all competitions for Orlando Pirates, has even contributed with some goals as a midfielder, scoring two goals in the Nedbank Cup.

Hear the coach: “I like Mobara as a player. I tried to sign him at one stage. I like him as a defender. I think in the PSL he can equip himself well in midfield.

“My spin on it is if he is going to be competing for a place, he has a better chance possibly as a full back and in an emergency at centre back,” said Baxter.

“I saw him play against Brazil in the Olympics and he played well against Neymar. His one-versus-one defending was excellent.

“His calmness on the ball when he got into the opponent’s half was also good, so I see him competing for a place there.”

Mobara will compete with Kaizer Chiefs’ Ramahlwe Mphahlele for a starting berth at right back for the upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Nigeria in Uyo on Saturday.


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