Motshwari assesses Pirates progress


Motshwari has shown to have made the right move by joining Pirates from Bidvest Wits at the start of the season and has steadily become a prominent figure in the heart of midfield.

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The 27-year-old has featured in every minute of the team’s fixtures since missing the opening two games of the season, which he explains as a massive development for him thus far. 

“For me it’s been a breakthrough ever since I started against SuperSport United [in the MTN8]. It was very difficult, considering that I got no minutes under my belt at my previous club [last season], so it was quite a blow,” Motshwari tells

“But I sat down with coach Rhulani [Mokwena] and he spoke with me. We had to work on my confidence and I played friendlies just to try and get back on track.

“After that, when I got my first 90 minutes against SuperSport, it was a big confidence booster for me because I think I played very well, even though the result didn’t go our way.

“So, for me so far, the season has been good personally, and despite us sometimes dropping points that we needed, it’s been so far so good for us as a team.”

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The diminutive central midfielder has maintained his place in the starting line-up, keeping the likes of reigning club player of the season Musa Nyatama and Marshall Munetsi on the bench.

However, Motshwari maintains his place is not secure.

“I wouldn’t say I’ve cemented my place in the starting line-up, because there’s a lot of competition at the club at the moment,” he defends.

“So, I just need to keep my head down, work hard, improve in the areas that I think I need to improve, and I need to just keep on going and pushing myself.”

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