Orlando Pirates coach Muhsin Ertugral to deploy Abbubaker Mobara in midfield


Mobara missed Pirates' 2-0 defeat to Kaizer Chiefs in the Carling Black Label Champion Cup yesterday at FNB Stadium as he is on national U-23 duty at the Rio Olympics in Brazil.

Ertugral says Mobara will play a key role in the engine room alongside Oupa Manyisa and Mpho Makola, unlike when he was playing at the back at Ajax Cape Town under Roger de Sa.

“Mobara is one of the players we can't wait to have him in the team,” Ertugral says.

“He will be playing in the midfield not in defence when he returns from the U-23s. We will have a good combination between him, Oupa and Mpho Makola and I think they will function very well together.”

Ertugral gave Mobara his break at the Urban Warriors in the 2012/13 season during the Turk's second stint in charge at Ikamva.

“I promoted him to the first team at Ajax and he was playing as a midfielder. I think he has about 10 years of youth development which is one of the highest in South Africa,” Ertugral says.

“He didn't come from primary school to university so he is a proper educated player.

“Sometimes he was wasted when he was used as a right wing-back. At centre-back I think he has his challenges and he likes to play in midfield.

“He wins balls and I think he will be very vital for us to have a player like him in the midfield because that's where he played and was very happy at Ajax.”