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Abbubaker Mobara assigned to Bafana right-back

By Tshepang Mailwane | 2017-06-05 11:11:00.0

Despite doing well in central midfield for Orlando Pirates, Abbubaker Mobara will be used as a right-back in the Bafana Bafana team.

This is according to coach Stuart Baxter, who was 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 the Buccaneers, has even contributed with some goals as a midfielder, scoring two goals in the Nedbank Cup.

"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.