Sundowns legend Marlin backs Mabokgwane to succeed at Orlando Pirates

Marlin tells Goal that his former teammate Jackson Mabokgwane has what it takes to make the grade at Bucs

Former Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Calvin Marlin has reportedly joined Orlando Pirates on a three-year deal from Cape Town City FC (formerly known as Mpumalanga Black Aces).

His presence as a Bafana Bafana international is what many believe will bring the best out of the club’s current goalkeepers in Brighton Mhlongo and Siyabonga Mpontshane among others.

Having played with him at the Brazilians to becoming his goalkeeper coach of late, City’s goalkeeper coach Calvin Marlin tells Goal that he is sad to have Mabokgwane gone as it is tough to find a good local goalkeeper in this country.

“I am quite sad to see him leave because in this country to find a good local keeper it’s tough. But with the experience that he has got, it’s going to be a big void for us to fill,” Marlin told Goal.

“I just hope he gets the game-time at Pirates and keeps improving his game because that’s all we really want. To see him getting game-time to play and do well, you know,” he said.

As he is now going to be facing a different kind of atmosphere, Marlin says Mabokgwane’s presence in the national set-up will help him take the situation at Bucs within his stride.

“I am sure he’ll be alright, you know. It’s just different pressure, bigger team, you know. So he should be fine seeing that he has been part of the Bafana set-up which has already brought him to the kind of level where he can play with the big guns, you know,” Marlin added.

The 28-year-old shared the gloves with Shu-Aib Walters last season under the banner of Mpumalanga Black Aces as he made 12 appearances in all competitions last season.

His arrival at the Soweto giants is said to have been on the recommendation of newly-appointed Bucs coach Muhsin Ertugral.