Local News 23.8.2016 04:25 pm

Ertugral rues Mobara absence

Orlando Pirates head coach Muhsin Ertugral and assistant coach Bradley Carnell (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Orlando Pirates head coach Muhsin Ertugral and assistant coach Bradley Carnell (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Mobara is set to miss Pirates’ opening league game because of the suspension he is carrying over from last season.

Orlando Pirates coach Muhsin Ertugral has admitted the absence of Abbubaker Mobara from the Bucs squad for Wednesday’s game against Golden Arrows is a big blow to the club.

Mobara is set to miss Pirates’ opening league game because of the suspension he is carrying over from last season.

“It is always a concern when you don’t have all your players available to you, but I will not mention who will play there because I don’t want to spoil the element of surprise,” Ertugral told the official Pirates website.

“We would have loved to have Mobara in that defensive midfield position; he had a wonderful tournament with the Olympics, and it would have been nice to start with him for the first match.
Fortunately for us we have a lot of good prospects in that position and we have worked on the other players, elements and patterns that are available to us.

“We overcame a few challenges in the beginning, particularly with how we wanted the players to approach the game, which is normal under the circumstances [of a new coaching staff and new players], but the good thing for us is that we have such a great squad, and I am confident that they can get the job done.”

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