Orlando Pirates new signing Thabang Monare feels good to be off the mark for his new club with a win.
The 31-year-old made his debut for the Buccaneers against arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs in their MTN8 first leg semifinal over the weekend.
Monare formed a telepathic understanding with Ben Motshwari at the heart of midfield as the Sea Robbers hammered Amakhosi 3-0 at Orlando Stadium.
The former Bidvest Wits man came into the weekend game without having kicked a ball for almost two months. However, he rose to the occasion judging by how he has played on Saturday.
Speaking to orlandopiratesfc.com, Monare said: “It feels good to be off the mark for my new club but more importantly, it’s great to get the win. I haven’t played competitive football in a while so obviously my match fitness for the competitive games is not where I want it but it’s getting there.”
The midfielder praised his teammates for making his debut a dream start.
“We are happy with the result on Saturday and I want to give credit to my teammates for making my debut a dream start, but we are well aware of the fact that the tie isn’t over yet, which is why we are not going to get ahead of ourselves,” he said.
“With the season so jam-packed, there’s little time to dwell on Saturday’s result, the games are coming thick and fast and we have already shifted our minds to the next match against Bloemfontein Celtic.”
The Soweto giants will lock horns with Siwelele at Dr. Petrus Molemela Stadium on Wednesday evening. The match is set to kick-off at 19h30.
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By Mauwane Raophala