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Mabokgwane itching to play in first Soweto derby

Jackson Mabokgwane (Gallo Images)
Jackson Mabokgwane (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane is confident he will keep his place in the Sea Robbers' starting line-up and play in his first Soweto derby on Saturday.

The 30-year-old has been Milutin Sredojevic's first choice 'keeper for the last two games and feels he is ready to step up if given a chance against Kaizer Chiefs.  

The Polokwane-born lost his place to Siyabonga Mpontshane ahead of the Soweto derby last season but is adamant his luck will change this time around and will keep his place for the sold-out clash at FNB Stadium.

"It's never about me but about Orlando Pirates as a team," Mabokgwane said, as quoted by SowetanLive website.

"Of course, you must always be ready to step up when your contributions are needed, but as long as the team is doing well I am satisfied.

"I am positive that I will play in my first derby on Saturday. But again, the most important thing is the Pirates badge and the team, not who is in the team.

"I played well in the past two games and I am ready."

Kick-off is at 15:30.

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