Mothiba calms club vs country fears

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Bafana Bafana striker Lebo Mothiba
  • Post published:March 23, 2018

After making waves in France this season, Bafana Bafana striker Lebogang Mothiba has dismissed any club versus country fears.

The 22-year-old left parent club Lille on a loan move to second division club Valenciennes at the start of the season. But after scoring eight goals and providing two assists in 20 appearances, the Ligue 1 club recalled him for the second half of the season.

The striker has made an impact on his return to the club. Mothiba has scored two goals in six appearances for Lille, including a goal on debut against Nantes, followed by his second against Monaco last week.

Joining up with the national side has always been accompanied with issues for South Africans based in Europe. The lengthy absence from their club sides due to the extra travelling has often been blamed for their downfalls at their clubs.

The Diambers academy graduate has revealed that he is not thinking about those issues just yet.

‘No, I’m not concerned about that. This is football, you never know what will happen. I’ve been called up because I’m doing great for my club.

‘Being here means my focus, for now, is with Bafana because I’m part of this team, so I’m just looking to help the team win these upcoming games. When I go back to France, then my focus will switch back to my club,’ added the South African.