Motshwari eyeing more assists, goals
Posted: 20 February 2019 Time: 10:30
Orlando Pirates midfielder Ben Motshwari says his Soweto Derby assist came as a massive boost as he looks now towards repeating his previous feat against SuperSport United.
Motshwari has become an integral part of Pirates’ engine room since his arrival from Bidvest Wits at the start of the season and missed a chunk of the season this far, only due to injury.
The 27-year-old has often been deployed in a three-man midfield alongside Xola Mlambo and Musa Nyatama, allowing him freedom to venture forward in attack.
This was particularly useful when Motshwari picked out Thembinkosi Lorch with a threaded through-pass to set up the equalising goal in their 1-1 draw with Kaizer Chiefs last weekend, which has since inspired him to try and offer more such key passes.
“It was a big confidence-booster because, as a midfielder, those are the sort of passes you pride yourself on because they can change the whole complexion of a game,” Motshwari tells KickOff.com.
“I was very proud to have an assist like that, especially in a match like the Soweto Derby, and I hope it continues and doesn’t just end there.
“That goal was also a very important goal for us because we needed at least a point, even though we weren’t happy with it, but we had to take it and strive forward.”
Given their title ambitions, points are all that matters for The Buccaneers at this stage of the season, and their next clash away to SuperSport United this evening will be an opportunity for them to re-stake their claim for the ultimate domestic prize.
Having netted his last goal against Matsatsantsa in the corresponding league fixture back in September, Motshwari is hoping he can once again contribute to the success of the team.
“As a player, your aim to try and score regularly, and lately the coaches have been encouraging me to get into the box more often,” he reveals.
“Like, against Chiefs, I found myself in the last third a couple of times, but I just wasn’t able to score.
“But it’s something we’re working on in training – making those late runs into the box, and I’d love to score against SuperSport [tonight] but, more importantly, we need to win the game.”
Victory for Pirates tonight could see them regain second spot on the log, following Mamelodi Sundowns slip against Polokwane City last night.
Kick-off at the Mbombela Stadium is scheduled for 19h30.