Mobara wants to leave Orlando Pirates for Europe

Despite the Buccaneers' poor season, Mobara remains optimistic and believes that his decision to move to Gauteng was the right decision

Abbubaker Mobara joined Orlando Pirates with high hopes at the beginning of the 2016/2017 Premier Soccer League (PSL) campaign.

However, the Buccaneers experienced one of their worst seasons in their long history as they missed out on a top eight finish. Due to their struggles over the past 12 months, questions have been asked whether the 23-year-old has made the right decision to join the Soweto giants.

Nonetheless, Mobara maintains that despite his former club finishing higher than them in the league, he has made the right decision, and he has likened his initial struggles in Gauteng to that of Keagan Dolly, when he moved to Mamelodi Sundowns.

“It’s similar to what Keagan Dolly did when he went to Mamelodi Sundowns‚” Mobara told The Times.

“He never won the league in the first season. But come the second (season) he won the league and the (Caf) Champions League‚ and then he went to Europe."

“And that’s something that every footballer wants – making the chances even bigger for you to take the next step into Europe,” Mobara added.

Though, Mobara's memory of Dolly's first season back at the Brazilians isn't accurate, because he did win the PSL season then. Perhaps, Mobara's trying to say that Rome wasn't built in one day.

Despite Pirates’ disappointing campaign, they find themselves with a final shot at redemption in the Nedbank Cup final. Victory against SuperSport United in Durban would see Pirates qualify for the Caf Confederation Cup, and Mobara believes that African participation could potentially lead to a move abroad.  

“If we could just take each game as a final as Orlando Pirates I don’t think we’re going to need Caf to take us to the next step‚” Mobara said.

“But being in Caf makes your chances even bigger to take the step up in Africa‚ or into Europe.

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“I mean‚ every footballer wants to play in Europe. Sometimes the chances are not that good‚ maybe you don’t have that luck.

“For me‚ it’s just to get that opportunity to go over. I think every footballer should probably take it with both hands because it sometimes only comes once,” Mobara concluded.