Motshwari: Bucs move is no mistake

The attacker joined Pirates from Bidvest Wits in the off-season, having first surfaced on Bucs’ radar two years ago.

“As we all know, my move was supposed to have happened two seasons ago. Me coming here is an honour and I aim to improve as a player,” Motshwari said.

“It is not a mistake that I’m here. Pirates is a big club and comes with a lot of responsibilities. I’m here to add value to the club and be the same player I was at Wits.”

Motshwari insists he is undaunted by stern competition for game-time from the likes of Xola Mlambo, Musa Nyatama and Mpho Makola at the Soweto giants.

“There is competition everywhere, for me coming here is a blessing. At the same time it comes with hard work. I left Wits for whatever reasons but for me to come here is a new beginning. I need to work hard and fight for my position. There are so many competitions that we are going to play this season and my time will come, and I will prove a point.”

Motshwari, who saw limited action at Wits prior to making the move to the Buccaneers, says it did not discourage him too much.

“For not playing at Wits, I won’t say it was hurting me, but it kept encouraging me to work hard because there was competition there, and it’s the same here.

“I’m not here to relax but I’m here to work, because we know we will play five competitions. So I will get the opportunity to play and it will be up to me when I get it what I will do.

“I’m ready to fight for my space and continue working hard.

“It was not easy for me but at the same time I thought as I was sitting in the stands not playing, it came to my mind to say this is time for a change - for me to go and compete against the best. And you know, Pirates is a big club and the supporters are demanding and welcoming at the very same time. For me the challenge is to work hard.”