Mahamutsa: The team needs me

Telkom Knockout

Mahamutsa returned to Vladimir Vermezovic's starting lineup for the first time in eight matches and helped plug the holes at the back as Pirates secured a 4-1 victory over Ajax to reach the Telkom Knockout semi-finals.

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The no-nonsense centre-back was delighted to receive the Man of the Match award after a battling display in atrocious weather conditions at a very rainy Orlando Stadium.

"Firstly, I'd like to thank God for giving me this opportunity … if you believe in Him, nothing, anything is impossible [sic].

"It's not only for me, it's about the team and the teamwork and the encouragement they gave me all the time while I was not playing. Coming back after so long, this is a nice present for me because tomorrow it's my birthday.

"The team needs me and I need the team. If you love the game of football, and if you love the team, you will do everything each and every time you get an opportunity.

Asked where his birthday party is going to be, Mahamutsa replied: "No, no, no, no, I can't tell you."

Mahamutsa will be hoping his impressive return to the side will have been enough to earn a place in the starting eleven for the Soweto Derby against Kaizer Chiefs on November 1.