PSL transfer news: Mpontshane explains move to Orlando Pirates from Platinum Stars
Posted: 3 February 2015 Time: 14:11
Orlando Pirates' new signing Siyabonga Mpontshane says he had to seize the opportunity when the club came knocking for his services.
Mpontshane joined Bucs last month after rejecting a contract extension at Platinum Stars.
The 28-year-old expects his career to progress at Pirates, and he is especially relishing competing in his first Soweto Derby against Kaizer Chiefs.
“It is every player’s wish to play for a big team like Pirates,” says Mpontshane, who got his PSL break with Stars in 2010.
“Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs are the teams that many players would love to play for and every player would actually want to be involved in the derby. I don’t think is any player in the PSL who doesn’t want to feature in the derby. Every kid growing up wishing to play for a big team and Pirates is such a big team and this is my turn to play for a big team and progress in my career.
“When I compared Platinum Stars and Orlando Pirates I saw that Platinum Stars is a team that I have played for, for a while and with Pirates they are a big team that every player wants to play for. This was my chance and I had to take it.”
Mpontshane adds that he is well aware of what is expected of him at the Buccaneers.
“I don’t even need to be told what is expected of me in this team, I have to see it myself what I must do considering that Senzo [Meyiwa] had done very well at the club. I will not put myself under pressure but play my normal football knowing that I have to work really hard. The experience that I gained in winning two cups in one season will come in handy.”