Absa Premiership

Mpontshane proud of showing

2015-04-10 15:20
Siyabonga Mpontshane (Gallo Images)

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 match.

"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 website.

"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 me. 

"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 stopper.

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 progresses.

“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.”


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