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Monare Opens Up About Soweto Derby Debut

Thabang Monare has spoken about what it feels like to have made his debut for Orlando Pirates following a lengthy absence.

Monare last played two months ago when still wearing a Bidvest Wits shirt, but was a part of the team that secured an impressive 3-0 victory over rivals Kaizer Chiefs.

Monare was tasked with bossing the midfield alongside Ben Motshwari, and speaking to the club’s official website, he 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.

“We are happy with the result on Saturday and I want to give credit to my team mates 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.”

The player quickly moved past the result against Chiefs though, saying that the mindset already needs to be on their upcoming matches.

“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 on Wednesday,” he added.

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