Neymar of Brazil is tackled by Abbubaker Mobara (L) of South Africa during the men's preliminary round match between Brazil and South Africa for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Soccer tournament at Mane Garrincha stadium in Brasilia, Brazil, 04 August 2016. EPA/FERNANDO BIZERRA JR.
Friday Aug 05, 2016. 13:30
In the wake of their 0-0 draw against hosts Brazil in the 2016 Rio Olympics on Thursday, South Africa U23 utility player Abbubaker Mobara praised the teams performance.
The South Africans suffered a huge blow with 30 minutes remaining following the dismissal of midfielder Mothobi Mvala, but managed to hold on for a valuable point in their Group A opener.
Following his ability to close down Neymar, the new Orlando Pirates man walked away with the Man of the Match accolade, but he was quick to shy away from the spotlight.
“Besides my performance, I think the support and belief from the coach and technical staff brought out a lot in us, and the confidence and spirit was high in the team,” Mobara told KickOff.com.
“Confidence wise, not just from me but from a team perspective, I think the team did exceptionally well despite the result.
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“I think if we can continue on from this performance throughout the tournament then we can perform brilliantly.”
Owen Da Gama's men are now getting ready to meet Denmark (who also drew 0-0 against Iraq) on Monday morning/Sunday evening. The game will kick-off at 00:00 CAT.