Mosi­atl­haga fi­nally feels at home

THE AJAX YO-YO MAN HAS BEEN LOANED OUT FOUR TIMES IN HIS CA­REER

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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.

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