Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy has been both super impressed and intrigued by his new signing Abubaker Mobara.
The former Orlando Pirates utility player joined City as one of the biggest early signings of the current window last month after a bizarre struggle in Soweto.
“Mobara … phew. Every time I see him play he reminds me of a young Pep Guardiola in his playing days. A similar style and the reading of the game‚ it’s incredible‚” McCarthy told Times Live.
Cape Town City is delighted to announce the signing of Abbubaker Mobara on a 4 year deal. We look forward to working with him for the upcoming season and many more to come💙#WelcomeHomeMobara pic.twitter.com/M4WhPunVpY— Cape Town City FC (@CapeTownCityFC) June 19, 2019
“How we got this boy‚ we can only count our lucky stars. He looks like he has been a player for me since I joined Cape Town City‚ because the way I want to play‚ this boy just executes perfectly.”
McCarthy went on to admit that Mobara’s versatility to play in many defensive areas as well as in miffield is a bit of a conundrum.
“My only query is‚ I genuinely don’t know where to play him‚" McCarthy said.
"Is he a right-back‚ a centre-back‚ a number six or a number eight? My dilemma is there and he seems to pick his own spot that he drops into‚ he wants to play centre-back.”
“Every time I see this boy play he reminds me of a young Pep Guardiola. I genuinely don’t know where to play him! Whether he’s a right back, centre back, a 6 or 8⁉️ He’s so versatile, the way I want to play, Bara just executes it perfectly” - Benni McCarthy #iamCityFC pic.twitter.com/4stLmqbL7R— Cape Town City FC (@CapeTownCityFC) July 14, 2019
“But I think he is a waste at the back‚ he is probably more effective if he is six or eight.
With no [Thabo] Nodada yet‚ no [Roland] Putsche … I would love for him to be in that midfield‚ spotting those nice balls into the 10 and the nine.”
The Bafana Bafana legend concluded by suggesting that he will have to follow Mobara’s wishes to play as a central defender.
“But I have to go according to where he is most comfortable and that seems to be centre-back.”