18 year old Azola Tshobeni says he is glad to have his Orlando Pirates debut behind him, and wants to build on his first performance.
Tshobeni was in the starting line-up for Pirates’ win over Maritzburg United in the DStv Premiership last weekend.
Tshobeni is the third youngest player to play for Pirates in the PSL era.
The teenager says it was a proud day for him and his family, and he was grateful to his teammates for making his debut easier.
“I am pleased with my debut, but more importantly, I am happy for the maximum points that we got on the day,” Tshobeni told the club’s website.
“In terms of personal accolades, this is indeed a day to cherish for me and my family. Everyone has been waiting for my debut since my promotion to the Orlando Pirates first team, I am still in disbelief as I did not expect to make my debut so soon, and not only that but to debut as a starter makes this occasion that more special.”
“When the whistle sounded at the start of the match, I was nervous. Even though the stadium was empty I knew everyone was watching from all corners of the country. It was nerve-wrecking at first, but I would like to thank my teammates for helping me settle. Their words of encouragement throughout the match helped me to play my football.”
“Now that my first game is behind me, I hope to build on this game and work on getting more matches under my belt. At the end of the day, its one thing to play one match but to play consistently is a different ball game. It requires a lot more work.”
Pirates are back in action later today when they host TS galaxy at 5pm.
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