Absa Premiership

Motupa not holding grudges ahead of Pirates clash

2018-08-14 12:00
Gift Motupa and Riyaad Norodien (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Although he failed to break into the first team at Orlando Pirates, Gift Motupa holds no grudge against the side he will face with Bidvest Wits on Wednesday.

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Motupa was twice loaned out to Baroka FC from Pirates, and although he impressed with Bakgaga, there was to be no room for him at the Sea Robbers.

He has now moved on to the Clever Boys and got his stint under Gavin Hunt off to a fine start, scoring against Kaizer Chiefs in his second game for the Students.

"I can't say that I see my time at Pirates as a failure because I learned a lot and grew myself as a footballer," Motupa said, according to SowetanLive.

"If I didn't go to Pirates then I wouldn't be where I am now, so that means it happened for a reason. Of course I would have liked to have played more but I am not bitter at all."

Wits head into Wednesday's clash at Orlando Stadium in fine form, having beaten Free State Stars 3-0 in their opening league fixture and then downed Amakhosi 3-1 at FNB Stadium.

After a dismal 2017/18 campaign, the champions of the season before appear to be back to their best. Motupa's fellow new signing, Deon Hotto, is happy with the way he and his fellow recent acquisitions have adjusted.

"We have a quality bunch of players who are motivated for the season. As new players we have done well to hit the ground running," Hotto said.

Wits currently top the Premiership table on goal difference ahead of Bloemfontein Celtic, the only other team which has yet to drop points.

 

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