JOHANNESBURG - Bidvest Wits midfield ace Ben Motshwari has been linked with two of South Africa’s big guns - Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns.
These are the only two teams in Southern Africa which have the star above their badge, signifying their victories in the Caf Champions League. Pirates triumphed in the -then Champions Cup in 1995, while Sundowns emerged victorious last year.
Motshwari, though, doesn’t see himself leaving Wits any time soon, despite the reported interest in his services. He revealed this after helping his side to win the Telkom Knockout against Bloemfontein Celtic in Durban over the weekend.
“Those are just rumours. Things are being said all over the newspapers, especially about Pirates. It has been going for quite some time now but nothing has materialised. Wits is also a big team. We’ve won a couple of trophies now and why would I want to jump the ship? I’m happy here,” Motshwari explained.
Motshwari also played a pivotal role last season when Wits won the PSL and MTN 8 double.
“There’s something that is good we are doing here at Wits. We have top-quality players here. These guys are my family. Ever since I started playing professional football I’ve only played for one team, so why not end my career here?” Motshwari asked.
It hasn’t been easy for Motshwari over the past couple of weeks as he had to shake off an injury.
“I recently came out from a knee scope. This was the first match that I played after that. For me it was bit of a challenge to come back into the team. With our coach (Gavin Hunt), who is unpredictable, anything can happen. I’m happy with the result that we got here,” Motshwari said.
Motshwari is facing stiff competition from the likes of Granwald Scott, Xola Mlambo, Thabang Monare and Phumlani Ntshangase.
"You have to have certain number of players who are in the match-day squad. The competition is good and healthy. Sometimes I can go and play wide on the right. Phumlani is a central midfielder but he can also play as a centreback. Our coach know how to rotate us even though we are midfielders. The competition is good for the team,” Motshwari explained.
Wits are at the bottom of the PSL log, and will host the struggling Ajax Cape Town at Bidvest Stadium on Wednesday. (Kick off at 7.30pm).
“It is bitter-sweet for us to win this cup. We don’t want to see ourselves at the bottom of the log. The next four matches before the Christmas break are key for us. Starting afresh is what we need. We have to collect maximum points in our next four matches,” Motshwari said.