Mothiba aims for a strong comeback


It’s been two months since he went under the knife to fix his knee and Bafana Bafana striker Lebo Mothiba is recovering very well in France.

FARPost caught up with the 24-year-old to check on his progress since the surgery that has ultimately cost him the first half of the season.

The striker feels he is on the right track to recovery and has made a lot of progress in recent weeks. “Yeah my recovery is going very well, now I’m able to do a lot of things I couldn’t do before like squats and bicycle, things like that.  Of course, this season I had a lot of goals that I wanted to achieve, but now I believe after this injury I will come back even stronger and push for me to achieve the goals that I’ve now set for 2021 so we’ll how it goes when I return,” said Mothiba.

The former Lille attacker is expected to return to action in early 2021 and he has one objective in mind, to help Strasbourg finish the season stronger and to score as many goals as possible for the French side upon his return.

“When I return my objective is to help the team win games and to just help the team stay in Ligue 1. I just want to see everyone happy. The most important thing is to also score goals, as a striker it is expected of me to score goals and it is also important to play well as a team in each game and get three points,” he concluded.

Mothiba had a knee problem, but he was still able to play when the club decided to fix the problem long-term.

In fact, the South African was having a good pre-season with the club when he had an agreement to sort the problem out. Since joining RC Strasbourg back in 2018, Mothiba has played 44 league games and scored 11 goals. He also helped the club win the French Coupe de la Ligue back in the 2018/19 season, scoring a brace in the semifinal against Bordeaux and also scored a penalty as Lille defeated EA Guingamp in the final at the expense of compatriot Lebogang Phiri.

At international level he made his Bafana Bafana debut under coach Stuart Baxter back in March 2018 scoring on his debut against Angola and later netted his second goal in the final of the Four Nations Tournament against Zambia.

He has since made a total of 15 appearances for Bafana Bafana, netting four times in the process. 

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