Is Mobara Still In Pirates' Future Plans?
Abbubaker Mobara's situation at Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates are currently second on the PSL table as they look to secure a place in next year’s CAF Champions League.
With only three games remaining in the current campaign, head coach Micho Sredojević along with his assistants Rhulani Mokwena and Benson Mhlongo will have to finalise the technical report which will detail which players are needed to bolster the team and which players are deemed surplus to requirements.
The crew reported that the Buccaneers are looking at bolstering the team in key positions once they qualify for continental football. However, among the players who have not featured much for the Sea Robbers, is utility midfielder Abbubaker Mobara.
The 24-year-old Cape Town-born midfielder was instrumental for Pirates in his early days at the club and helped inspire the current resurgence the team is currently enjoying.
But under Sredojević leadership, Mobara’s opportunities at first team action have waned with the arrival of key men such as Musa Nyatama and Diamond Thopola as well as the inspired form of players such as Gladwin Shitolo and Innocent Maela.
Further injuries have contributed to stifling Mobara’s progress in the Bucs team. The hardworking midfielder has been linked with an exit from the Parktown-based club in recent times, with Bidvest Wits emerging as favourites to land the midfielder.
The 24-year-old has since recovered from his injury to be part of the squad that face AmaZulu this past weekend. Sources close to the club have indicated that should no formal offer be made for the utility player, Mobara will have to fight for a position in the Bucs team in the new season.
“Mobara has worked hard to regain his fitness. There has been no formal offer for him and if he remains a Pirates player, he is expected to compete for a position in the team,” revealed a source.
This season Mobara has made 11 starts and has 12 league appearances for the Buccaneers.