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Mothiba Breaks Silence On SA Return Talk

Bafana Bafana striker Lebo Mothiba has played down speculation that he will be making a move to the DStv Premiership next season.

Mothiba, 28, has parted ways with Racing Club Strasbourg after six years at the club where he struggled with injuries over the past few seasons.

With 20 goals and six assists in 96 games for the Ligue 1 club, he won’t be short of suitors and reports in local media suggest Mamelodi Sundowns are keen on his services.

Mothiba was once part of Sundowns development before his foray into France via the Diambars Academy – where he’s been over the past decade.

“For now everything is still between me and my agent, but I always have offers in Europe, I will always have clubs in Europe, but for me, I’m not focused on clubs, I’m only focused on my injury, my knee, healing and coming back fully fit,” Mothiba told SAFA Media.

“That’s why ever since I came back to South Africa I have been working every morning, everyday – I only take off on Sunday, so I’ve been working everyday.

“Here in South Africa, I don’t know anything about [interest] in South Africa, I haven’t spoken to any team here in South Africa, I don’t know what’s happening but my main focus is healing my knee, come back and continue playing in Europe. 

“In three [or] four weeks I am fully fit so I just have to continue working and not rush anything, I must take things step by step, sometimes if you rush you might injure yourself again and you’re out for a very long time. That’s why I’m taking things step by step, hopefully, in three or four weeks I’m ready for pre-season in Europe.”

Mothiba visited the Bafana squad ahead of their chartered flight to Nigeria on Wednesday, where they will face the Super Eagles in Uyo for their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Friday.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.