Mosiatlhaga finally feels at home
THE AJAX YO-YO MAN HAS BEEN LOANED OUT FOUR TIMES IN HIS CAREER
On October 5, Ajax Cape Town midfielder Abednigo Mosiatlhaga scored his first goals for the club and his brace was enough to sink Steenberg United, but those goals were not just any ordinary match-winning goals.
What was special about that brace is that it was a gift to his father as Mosiatlhaga senior was celebrating his birthday.
“All of my goals are special because it is always nice to get onto the scoresheet and help the team win. But when I scored my first goals it was on my dad’s birthday so it was special, not just for me but for him and the rest of my family. I scored a brace against Steenberg and we won 2-1,” he told Phakaaathi.
Right now Mosiatlhaga has banged in six goals in the GladAfrica Championship, sharing second place in a heated race for the golden boot with four other players – Ruzaigh Gamildien of Steenberg leads the race with just two goals more. The Ajax attacker is excited to be in the running for the coveted scorers’ award. However, he is not necessarily prioritising it. The main focus is to help the Mother City-based side return to the Absa Premiership after they fell from grace a season-and-a-half ago.
“It is not really my intention to be the top goal scorer, I just want to do my best and be better than I was last year. What is amazing is that I have more goals than I had in the previous season and I think that is good. It is always good to score goals because you always want to be among the top performers of the league and when I see my name up there, it is great, whether I win it or not, is in God’s will,” he said.
Before he made his move to Ajax, Mosiatlhaga turned out for Stellenbosch and Cape Town All Stars on loan, as his parent club was Bidvest Wits. He was on the books of The Students since 2014 and did make a couple of appearances for Gavin Hunt’s side, particularly in the Caf Champions League.
“The Champions League is not an easy league to play in and most of the time Gavin would just take the youngsters and throw them in and we learnt how to have character in those moments. The travelling was great and having to play against teams in Tanzania where the weather is too hot and you have to deal with it and grind out the results,” said the School of Excellence graduate, who went on to describe how it was to share a dressing room with seasoned campaigners like Daine Klate.
“I came from the School of Excellence and I went to Wits and played for the reserve team for a year and then I got promoted into the senior team. From there it was a bit difficult to break into the starting line-up and I got loaned out four times. I came back and played a little bit but it was just a bit complicated. It was good for learning but in terms of experience I did not get as much as I would have loved.
“When I got to Wits, there was Klate, Ellias Pelembe, Sameehg Doutie, Vincent Pule, and it was never going to be easy for me. But I think I did well and that is why I spent so much time there before I left for good. It was just unfortunate that I did not manage to get a regular start. It is always difficult to break in when there are people who are already established.
“I remember when I was at the School of Excellence, Klate used to come and visit us at the school and we would take pictures and that was an extraordinary feeling. At that time I was still in school I never thought the guy would be my team-mate a few years later and when it happened it was unbelievable that I was sitting next to a guy like Pelembe. We were sharing the field together and talking tactics and all that… it was quite unbelievable.
“There are so many things that I learnt from those guys and there are things that I took from them which I am applying in my game today and that makes me a better player,” he said.
While he is enjoying his time playing regularly for the Urban Warriors, Mosiatlhaga does admit that he would like to play in the top-flight which might increase his chances of getting a second shot at the senior national team as he believes that it is harder for GladAfrica players to be considered for Bafana Bafana.
He did play for Bafana in the Cosafa Cup when Stuart Baxter was still there.