Motshwari: It was difficult
Posted: 22 February 2019 Time: 10:30
Orlando Pirates midfielder Ben Motshwari has reflected on his time out through injury and expressed his gratitude to the technical staff for entrusting him with the Bucs jersey.
Motshwari spent a large chunk of the season on the side-lines after suffering a knee injury shortly after Pirates’ goalless draw with Mamelodi Sundowns in November last year.
The 27-year-old had earlier established a fruitful partnership in central midfield alongside former Bidvest Wits teammates Xola Mlambo, but his disruption made way for reigning Bucs Player of the Season Musa Nyatama.
“It was difficult because I was out for two months, which is a long time, and I was struggling to break into the team again, until I got that run against Baroka,” Motshwari tells KickOff.com.
“Just playing that 45 minutes was a matter of trying to get my fitness back, because I had been out for such a long time and I last kicked a ball against Sundowns.
“But I’m grateful to the technical team for their belief in me and I’m happy that I took that opportunity and came back strong.”
Motshwari’s return saw him slot into a centre-midfield trio alongside Mlambo and Nyatama, which has not quite worked out for coach Milutin Sredojevic thus far this season.
In the five matches the trio have played together across all competitions, Pirates have won just one, drawn two and lost two – most recently against SuperSport United on Wednesday.
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