Abbubaker Mobara has described the feeling of being back home after signing for ambitious club Cape Town City.
City announced the signing of Mobara at 07h00 this morning on a four-year deal, as the player brought an end to a difficult three year spell with Soweto giants Orlando Pirates.
Mobara, a former Ajax Cape Town player, could not break into Milutin Sredojevic’s Pirates team in the last two seasons, so it comes as no surprise that he has decided to make a move back to his home province to try revive a career that was so promising not too long ago.
It was in 2016 at the Rio Olympics where Mobara showed his talent by outclassing Brazilian superstar Neymar, while playing as a right-back in Owen Da Gama’s national under-23 side. But things did not go well for him in Gauteng and now a return to the Mother City could just do the trick in ensuring that his name is back on the lips of South Africa’s football supporters.
“To come back here and play in the Mother City is a warm feeling, a wonderful feeling, I see home, and that’s the feeling where the heart is. The heart wants to be home,” Mobara said in a video posted by the Citizens on Twitter.
“It’s a family team, it’s one and that’s the feeling I want to gain back. The feeling of happiness is important, he continued.
Game time will be important for the player after he spent a lot of time watching Pirates’ matches from either the bench or the stands. He gives City coach Benni McCarthy the option of playing him in central defence, right back or in the middle of the park.
“I really want to prove myself and not to the rest of the world, but to myself that I am worthy of being in a beautiful team like this. I see the team is doing well for itself and I see how happy the players are."