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Broos Urges Mofokeng To Stay At Pirates  

  • May 31, 2024
  • 2 min read
Broos Urges Mofokeng To Stay At Pirates  

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has advised Orlando Pirates youngster Relebohile Mofokeng to remain in South Africa before considering a move abroad.

Mofokeng, a standout performer for Pirates this season with 37 appearances, four goals, and six assists, earned his first senior call-up for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. However, Broos believes Mofokeng would benefit from staying put.

“No, this is not the right time to go overseas,” Broos said, referencing former Sundowns forward Cassius Mailula’s struggles for playing time at Toronto FC in Major League Soccer. “He [Mailula] played some games, but he lacked international experience.”

Broos emphasizes the importance of development over immediate gratification. “Stay at Pirates and play another season in the DStv Premiership,” he advises Mofokeng. Ideally, with Champions League participation, Mofokeng would gain valuable experience before testing the waters abroad.

Broos cites Mailula’s situation as a cautionary tale. “He [Mailula] faced competition from established Italian internationals at Toronto,” Broos explains. Aiming a jab at Mailula’s agent, he continues, “What is he learning there? I hope Mofokeng’s agent is cleverer and prioritizes the player’s development, not personal gain.”

Despite Broos’ advice, Mofokeng has reportedly attracted interest from European and African giants. These include Scottish club Glasgow Rangers, Austrian powerhouse Red Bull Salzburg, Egyptian club Al Ahly, and a previous trial stint with English Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers.

While the allure of a European move exists, Broos seems to believe continued playing time and experience in South Africa will be more beneficial for his development at this stage. Mailula’s struggles serve as a reminder of the challenges young players can face when adapting to new environments.

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