Mothiba excited to be back for Bafana Bafana
Bafana Bafana will take on Seychelles in back to back games in the AFCON Qualifiers, Stuart Baxter’s side is currently second with four points and back to back wins against Seychelles will put his side in the driving seat and within in reach of qualifying for the AFCON that will be played in Cameroon.
One player who has the countries hope on his shoulders is Lebo Mothiba, who is in the books of Ligue 1 outfit RC Strasbourg. He missed out on Bafana last outing due to injury
“Its good to be back in the national team, I am enjoying the time I am spending with my teammates here on camp, I missed out on the last Bafana game due to injury, I had issues with my right hamstring”
The 22-year-old Mothiba has been plying his trade in France since 2014 when he joined Lille from Diambars academy and recently left Lille to join RC Strasbourg and has adjusted very well for Le Racing
“It wasn’t easy to leave Lille, for me leaving Lille was tough, it is where I started my European career, I started there at the age of 18, I have been there for five years. its part of my career to move forward”
Mothiba has made six appearances for his new side and has repaid their faith in him by finding the back of the net four times, Le Racing is currently occupying 9th spot in the Ligue1 standings
“So far I’m doing well that side I’m scoring goals, it’s very important for a striker to score goals as it helps with the confidence. The type of football at Strasbourg is the type of football that suits me, the type of players that we have in the team is the kind that complements me, I love those passes behind the defence because I am always making the runs and I’m always at the right place at the right time.”
The Diambars alumni is part of a South African quartet that plies its trade in France, Lebo Phiri who is also part of the Bafana squad to face Seychelles, the other two are the injured Bongani Zungu and Keagan Dolly.
“It’s a good thing that we have more South African players coming to Ligue 1, but French football is dynamic, intense and aggressive it’s very different to the PSL. South African is very technical and its good for us to go and play overseas and get to learn different ways of playing the game and at the end that will help you as develop as a player.”
Bafana v Seychelles at FNB Stadium on the 13 October 2018