Cape Town - Orlando
Pirates recruit Siyabonga Mpontshane is proud of the manner in which he
conducted himself during his club's 3-3 draw against former club Platinum Stars
earlier this week.
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Mpontshane got the opportunity to keep for Pirates, after
first choice stopper Brighton Mhlongo sustained an injury during the match.
Mpontshane did let one goal in during the second stanza but
he also made what ultimately proved to be telling saves in the context of the
"It was a difficult match for me because they know me
so well and I know them just as well too," Mpontshane told his club's
"It was not easy coming in as substitute especially for
a fellow goalkeeper, but I knew I had to be strong. I had to keep it together
for the good of the team and also not let my emotions get the better of
"I believe that if I lacked the strength of character,
the topic would be the number of mistakes I made on the day. I'm thankful to my
team for giving me the confidence to play well," added the Pirates
Mpontshane insists that the transition to Pirates has not
been a difficult one, by any stretch of the imagination, and remains confident
that he will continue to help the club produce positive results as the season
“To be honest I didn't make any major adjustments or undergo
a massive mental shift because there is always a possibility of playing when
you are seated on the bench.
“As players we always try to be prepared, alert and ready
for the coach to tell you to warm up because you are coming into the game. I am
happy with my performance.
“I think I responded well to the situation and the only
thing that upset me was the goal I conceded.”