Bobe: Lidoda Duvha’s captain fantastic

The goal-scoring prowess of Black Leopards captain Mongezi Bobe has instilled new hope into the battling Limpopo side.

Leopards, along with Jomo Cosmos, have found themselves in the relegation zone for the better part of the current campaign, but recent results have suggested they are not going to go down with a fight.

Bobe believes the team are on the right track to avoid slipping back down to the National First Division.

“We are working hard to get out of this predicament by correcting our mistakes from the first round, when we conceded too many goals.

“In that respect the win against Maritzburg last night was great in that we kept a clean sheet and got all three points away from home.

“We are not even thinking about relegation, we are here to stay. We started the season slowly, it took us a while to get things right, but now we are getting better all the time.”

The 29-year-old former Mabopane Young Masters and Mpumalanga Black Aces winger’s pace and purpose out on the right flank is proving to be a real handful for PSL defenders.

As skipper, the Randfontein-born Bobe has lead from the front, and has scored four goals in Lidoda Duvha’s last four Absa Premiership games, which have included victories over SuperSport United and against Maritzburg United.

“I’m happy with my form so far. Its up to me as captain to lead by example and inspire my team-mates and I’m doing my best to serve the club,” Bobe told PSL.co.za.

Making South Africa proud

The team is also competing on two fronts in cup competitions: the Nedbank Cup (a 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers means they will play Kaizer Chiefs in the last 16), and the CAF Cup in Africa.

Bobe claims competing in the continental showpiece is not a distraction to the team and will instead serve as a morale booster.

“It’s good for our morale to play in the CAF Cup and we are motivated to represent our country with pride. Playing against Africa’s best sides is a great experience for us.

“It’s tough, but its’ good to get that exposure and when we come back to playing domestically the experience of playing in Africa makes us a better side.

“We play FC Lipopo from the DRC this weekend at home and we are looking forward to the challenge and confident we can do the club and country proud.”