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Phakaaathi Reporter
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31 Aug 2017
12:28 pm

Mabokgwane eyeing Pirates number one spot

Phakaaathi Reporter

Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane is looking to cement his place as the team's first choice goalkeeper.

Jackson Mabokgwane of Orlando Pirates (Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix)

“It’s important to earn the Number 1 jersey. Everything I have achieved in my life,” Mabokgwane told The Star.

“I’ve learned. I am working hard to earn the number 1 jersey. What makes me excited about my career is that nothing was handed to me. I’ve had to fight for everything I have,” Mabokgwane continued.

“That makes you strong. It grows you as a person because it makes you realize to have something in life, you must work hard for it,” he explained.

“That’s been my football journey. I am excited about the challenges ahead of me. I know what I need to do. I have all the experience of how to win your battles.”

Meanwhile, Mabokgwane says new coach Milutin Sredojevic has made them feel special.

“He knows our culture and has been at the club before. But the one thing that touched us as players is that on the first day he met us, he knew all of us by name. That makes you feel special as a player,” Mabokgwane told The Star.

“He is a very knowledgeable coach who has been in the game for a long time, especially in the continent which is what made us more comfortable around him,” concluded Mabokgwane.