local soccer 3.11.2014 03:51 pm

Mobara enjoying Santos

Formerly at Vasco Da Game, Shaeed Mobara is now at Santos. Pic:  Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Formerly at Vasco Da Game, Shaeed Mobara is now at Santos. Pic: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Versatile defender Shaheed Mobara, older brother to Ajax Cape Town star Abubakar, is working hard to regain his match fitness following his move to Santos recently.

The 24-year-old, who came up through the ranks of Ajax Cape Town, had been without a team since leaving Vasco Da Gama at the beginning of the season.

After signing with the People’s Team, the talented young player revealed the importance of getting some game time under his belt, having missed the first part of the 2014/15 National First Division campaign.

Speaking to the club’s website after signing a contract with the club, he said: “It’s great to have signed for Santos.

“There are a lot of guys here that I know well; guys that I played with and against over the years who I have already started to build relationships with on and off the field.”

When asked about how the set-up differed to what he was used to at Ajax and Vasco, Mobara sounded like a man on a mission, who believes that his fitness is his only priority.

“It’s the type of environment I am used to,” said Mobara,”it’s very welcoming and very friendly.

“I’m really enjoying myself although I am still settling in and finding my feet. The training sessions are good, the competitiveness is there and I like the high intensity.

“My fitness is obviously not on the same level as the other guys because I haven’t been playing, but I’ve already spoken to the fitness trainer and we are going to work on getting my fitness back.”

Mobara believes Santos coach Farouk Abrahams’ discipline is the foundation of the team’s progress in this campaign. The People’s team are currently seventh on the log, with 14 points after nine games.

“The coaching methods are similar to what I’m used to,” said Mobara, “coach Farouk is always motivating the guys, trying to get the best out of them.

“I’ve not experienced it yet, but from what I hear, he’s also quite a strict disciplinarian which is good because it keeps the players on their toes.

“If the coach isn’t strict then sometimes the players take advantage of that but to me the players here seem to be very disciplined.”

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