By Isaac Ndou
JOHANNESBURG: Ben Motshwari finally made his official debut for Orlando Pirates in their MTN8 quarterfinals home loss to SuperSport United since making his switch from Bidvest Wits.
The 27-year-old midfielder played the entire 90 minutes plus extra time for the Buccaneers says that turning out for the Ghost was like a dream although his debut did not end in joy as they lost 4-3 in the penalty shootout. Motshwari is, however, eager to pick up the pieces and get the business going for his new side as he plans to be a regular in the Bucs lineup.
“One cannot be happy after such a disappointing result. Especially if you consider how well we played on the night. On a personal level, however, I am pleased to have finally made my debut for the club. Wearing that iconic Pirates jersey for the first time under the Orlando Stadium lights is stuff of dreams.”
“This is only the beginning, I aim to build on this performance and look to play more consistently in the team. At Pirates, you cannot relax for a moment because of the quality of players on the team. I welcome such competition though because it forces you to push yourself at all times, this can only make me a better player,” said Motshwari on the club’s website.
Motshwari went on to applaud his former team Bidvest Wits who gave him his debut in the top flight football years ago but says he will attach no feelings to that when he faces them in Pirates’next league game on Wednesday.
“This is a team that groomed me to be the kind of player that I am today and for that reason, they will always have a special place in my heart. However, I am a professional and understand that I have a job to do for Pirates and put my emotions aside.”
“At the end of the day, it’s not about me, the bigger picture here is Pirates and getting the job done over Wits in the league,” he concluded.
The midfielder will hope he can get the nod again from Milutin Sredojevic to start in their game against The Clever Boys at the Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night.