Zwane reveals Pirates talks

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Zwane admitted that there were talks with Pirates parallel to the deal that saw Oupa Manyisa join Sundowns last month. However, the Brazilians decided to keep him by exercising a one-year option on his contract.

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Zwane says what motivates him now is the thought of winning a second straight CAF Champions League title with Downs.

"It's a catch 22 situation because on the one side, we are in the quarter-final of the Champions League and I would want to win that competition again," Zwane tells ahead of Sunday's clash with Wydad Casablanca at Lucas Moripe Stadium (15h00).

"On the other side, when I look at my situation, I felt there could be a chance for me to ressurect my career again and play more regularly because I can go to Pirates and fit in well.

"It would have been nice to go to Pirates and play, not necessarily only them but the other teams who I won't mention. But I'm here and I need to fight again and honour my contract."

Zwane is confident that he will see more game-time under head coach Pitso Mosimane.

"I have so much hope and I believe that I will get a chance to play," says Zwane, who missed the 2-1 league win at Free State Stars last night due to blisters on his toe.

"I just need to continue doing what I do. I won't give up now. I will continue to fight."

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