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Mothibi Up For It 18/11/03
Orlando Pirates striker James Mothibi is convinced he has what it takes to succeed with the Soweto giants despite a less than auspicious start to his career in the famed black and white shirt.

The 26-year-old Mothibi, who joined the club from African Wanderers in July, has only found the net three times this season.

However, Northern Cape-born player has a firm belief in his ability to succeed.

The Pirates coaching staff obviously saw something special in me, otherwise why would they have signed me, says Mothibi.

I knew things would not be easy when I came here but I am working hard in training and listening to advice. My time will come.

Mothibi also says he can fill the enormous void left by the tragic and untimely death of Lesley Slow Poison Manyathela.

Lelseys are very big boots to fill but I am man enough to give it a full go, he says.

I know he was a legend, a world-class player, but with hard work and by Gods will I may score as many goals as he did.

I am looking forward to going on to greater heights with Pirates.

Mothibi has however found the going tough at the Bucs.

Despite scoring three goals already this season he is having to fight tooth-and-nail with the likes of Jimmy Kauleza, Boitumelo Moleyane, Phumudzo Manezhe and Kabanga Tshamala for a place in the starting XI.

The recent rise of the teenage midfielder-cum-striker Lebohang Mokoena has further compounded matters for Mothibi.

There is lots of depth in the Pirates squad, acknowledges Mothibi.

I always knew that would be the case. I am just putting my head down and hope the coach sees something in me that is not in the other players.

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