Mothiba extends for a year and joins Troyes


Simultaneously unveiled on our website and that of our Aube colleagues from Eastern Lightning on Wednesday January 19 just before Racing’s late match at Clermont, the interest of the promoted Trojan, 16th in Ligue 1, for Strasbourg striker Lebo Mothiba will officially materialize in a few minutes.

Having entered a really active phase at the start of the week, the negotiations between the three parties had resulted in an agreement in principle as early as Tuesday noon. Agreement which remained conditioned, as always, on the prior medical examination of the 26-year-old South African international (he will celebrate them tomorrow) in Aube.

Arrived on site Tuesday evening, the Bafana Bafana, away from the field for 18 months by a left knee operation in August 2020, then a hamstring injury at the end of September 2021, had found them in early December. But while the RCSA attack is running at full speed (2nd in L1 with 44 goals) in the wake of the Ajorque – Gameiro – Diallo trio, its Strasbourg horizon seemed blocked in the short term.

Racing is still counting on him

The Bas-Rhin club nevertheless still counts on him. The proof: he convinced him to extend his contract for a year, until 2024, before lending him to Troyes until June. Arrived in 2018 in Alsace and author in particular of ten league goals during his first season in Blue (including 1 with Lille before his signing in Strasbourg), the native of Johannesburg successfully passed the pitfall of the medical examination on Wednesday. He will have five months in Troyes – four in reality, since the season ends at the end of May – to find playing time, relaunch his career and participate in the rescue operation of ESTAC in the elite, before, in principle , to return to the Meinau.


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