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Tito On MOTM Display And Special Praise For Pirates Coach

Orlando Pirates playmaker Patrick Maswanganyi revelled in his latest Man of the Match honour and explained why head coach Jose Riveiro deserves special praise.

The 26-year-old bagged a brace in their 4-2 win over AmaZulu to send the Buccaneers into the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup.

It took his overall tally to 16 goal contributions in 32 games this season, with eight goals and as many assists in what’s his debut campaign for the Soweto giants after an off-season transfer from SuperSport United.

“I’d like to give thanks to God, my family, my friends, those who are close to me – I think seeing them happy makes me want to do more every time, my grandma always says she’s proud of me, it keeps me going,” Maswanganyi said on SuperSport TV.

“Today I came here to give my best. Every game I want to give my best, not only for my friends and family but the fans who come out here to watch us, I think we owe them a lot, we’ve been losing results and now we want to do well in the cup, we put in a great shift today as a team, it could have been anyone for Man of the Match, but I’m glad it’s me.”

Maswanganyi, who also recently broke into the senior national team and made his debut against Andorra last month, spoke highly of the impact of Riveiro, in keeping them calm when they fell behind to Hendrick Pule Ekstein’s opening effort at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

“I think it’s not the first time we’ve been there, many times we never came back from losing [positions] but ever since we started believing in ourselves, what we do, to be patient also,” he added about the comeback win.

“We have a great coach who also helps us slow down the momentum, no matter what happens [he makes us] chill and makes sure we play our own football, also to give great passes to each other, be natural, relax and we did that today.”

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.