Abbubaker Mobara axing from South Africa's Under-23 side explained


The national team are en route to Brazil to face the hosts of this year’s Olympic games in a friendly in preparation for the global sporting event later this year, with Ajax Cape Town defender Mobara a prominent feature in the side in their qualification to Rio 2016.

Yet it was on Wednesday reported that the 22-year-old had been dropped from Owen da Gama’s travelling team, leading to many curious doubts and accusations over the player’s commitment.

Yet Ajax CEO Ari Efstathiou has revealed it was a basic human error leading to his axing, having left his passport behind and thus prevented from flying with his international teammates to Brazil.

“He misplaced his passport, it’s as simple as that,” Efstathiou tells

“He’s obviously very disappointed, and so are we. But yes, he’s back training with us.”

Zitha Macheke of Chippa United has replaced Mobara in the U-23 side, who will kick-off their friendly against Brazil on Sunday evening at 23:30 South African time.

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