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THE BREAKDOWN: Can Pirates Afford To Lose Mobara?

Abubaker Mobara Linked With Wits Move

By Kyle Smith - Aug 05, 2017 03:48 PM @KyleLaduma

With Bidvest Wits enquiring about the availability of Orlando Pirates utility player, Abubaker Mobara, we take a look at whether the Buccaneers should be considering offers for his services.

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Click through the images above to see Abubaker Mobara’s stats for the 2016/17 season.

Mobara, who joined the club from Ajax Cape Town at the beginning of the 2016/17 season, was one of the club’s standout performers in his first season, winning the Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament award as a testament to that.

However, the highly rated player has caught the eye of reigning Absa Premiership champions, Bidvest Wits, as revealed in Soccer Laduma issue number 1034. It is said that Pirates could consider allowing the player to depart, should the offer make business sense and/or include another player as part of a swap deal. The question, therefore, remains, how much value does he add to Pirates’ current setup?

Perhaps Mobara’s most outstanding attribute is his ability to play in numerous roles on the pitch, with the 23-year-old starting as a defensive midfielder on 13 occasions in the league, as a right back in another four games and as a centre back in a further three.

He proved himself to be exemplary, in terms of defending, making 2.05 blocks, 6.41 clearances and 2.47 tackles per 90 minutes. In terms of the work he does in the middle of the park, with the ball at his feet, Mobara won 11.7 balls per 90, taking 53.7 touches per 90 and making 46.2 passes per 90 at an accuracy of 87%. He also proved his value in the air, winning 1.42 aerial duels per 90.

Over and above what is required for him in the first and second thirds, Mobara also showed that he can hold his own in the final third, making 3.6 final third passes per 90 at an accuracy of 89.7% and assisted 0.26 passes per 90, taking 0.42 per 90 himself. However, he scored no goals in the league and made no assists, while finding the target with only 9.1% of his 0.6 open play crosses per 90 minutes.

Mobara has proven himself to be a fine player in many respects but will need to work on his attacking attributes, which are vital for when he slots in at right back. Yet, at the age of 23, he still has a long time to work on that side of his game and the decision now rests with the Pirates management to make a decision about whether or not to let one of last season’s outstanding stars go. What is certain, however, is that his services will not come for cheap.

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Do you think Pirates can afford to let Mobara go?


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slivo ledimo Joined: 11 Sep 2016
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slivo ledimo Aug 07, 2017 09:29 PM
there are lot of players to sign from across the continent.even in SA.Hunt can keep hes players.as for thinking he wil get Bara.he has to forget nd fast.cos already supporters have voiced their voice about Bara been our captain.with phinda mzala endorsing him.i see a leader in da boy.no daubt about that
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Mahase79 Aug 07, 2017 06:09 PM
No ways
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Carder305 Aug 07, 2017 04:05 PM
No ways, that would be the worst mistake ever
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iSamMore Aug 07, 2017 06:19 AM
No way, how the hell can Wits be after him when they themselves were quick to say about Tyson
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FakudeMD Aug 06, 2017 09:36 PM
With the center circle having had numerous changes I.e when Manyisa departed, new players coming in we'll need a reference point of stability and link between the defence and the midfielders and in Mobara Pirates is safe Hands off Mobara hands off
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nhlaks tsh Aug 06, 2017 09:13 PM
Wits can take him and give us Mlambo or Motshwari
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nhlaks tsh Aug 06, 2017 07:23 PM
Mobara is overrated. He is one of the players that threw Pirates to junk status. He will never go overlap like Ramphahlele and his centreback position was also a big mistake by Kjell. If Pirates scored less than 1 goal per game last season then Im asking what was he doing at middlefield along with Sarr & Manyisa.
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ChoLy 4 Bucselona Aug 06, 2017 03:07 PM
@slivo ledimo yah it's true we can not wish for every player to be released but can Gcaba,Sarr,Makolo and Gabuza haunt Bucs?!
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Vidge46 Aug 06, 2017 01:00 PM
Yimpambano akayi ndawo wo wo wo wo wooo
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tshavhuyo humbulani Aug 06, 2017 12:01 PM
No to mobara,we built on him
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jazzman89 Aug 06, 2017 09:54 AM
Umbedo wodwa ke lo
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slivo ledimo Joined: 11 Sep 2016
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slivo ledimo Aug 06, 2017 09:01 AM
im hopefull all will be well.bt as for Gcaba.Gabuza.Sarr.makola nd phungwayo.we really need to release them so to free space for in coming players
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slivo ledimo Aug 06, 2017 08:56 AM
I always said Matlaba.Ndoro nd Rakgale.all are members of the old team.which makes them automatically prefered candidates to help this young lads to compete for us.mi biggest wish as supporters is to use our mind nd heart to the level best of seeing Bucs return to its best.we cant expect all players to be released.like Chips did 2/3years back.we need to be realistic.nd face the fact.our problem was enterely on management.who caused division on team.with certain players.with report to be released by Dr khoza.we are still far but not too far.cos currently we have new coach.with new technical team coming.also with new Ceo nd team manager
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slivo ledimo Aug 06, 2017 08:47 AM
in football you dont just release a player for the sake of supporters thinking the players are bad.cos tomorrow the very same players might come back to hunt da very same team.nd financially its bad for a company to buy a player with 3million only to elease him free.strategy.its best to sell some of those players.then exchange some with other players.then loaned out others.but most importantly.you dont form a team with only new players.2 or 3 of old players are needed for advise.example of that its Wits.sundunusa nd matsatsantsa.
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nswanyo Aug 06, 2017 08:26 AM
Our chairman pls release all dead wood like makola,phugwayo,gcaba,jele,gab uza, nyauza issar if pirates dnt release those cows pirates im trouble again 6 goals
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nswanyo Aug 06, 2017 08:24 AM
wits smoke strong weeds
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LeCowhlohlo Aug 06, 2017 08:22 AM
I don't understand why it is so difficult to release Phungwayo and Gcaba as we had so many left back players inside the sinking ship.
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LeCowhlohlo Aug 06, 2017 08:19 AM
There is so many players we can look after their service than to let ourself down. Mvala can be the best partnership at the back playing along side with Chabalala,Mobara and Ugandan international Juuko.
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LeCowhlohlo Aug 06, 2017 08:14 AM
Nope, that will be a stupid decision to let him go.
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Rasking Aug 06, 2017 08:00 AM
I think a player of Mobara"s calibre Pirate can never think about letting him go. Surely Micho will need his services becaise Issa Sarr need competition. To let Mobata go we dont call that building, we call it breaking

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