Patrick Maswanganyi Vows Not to Change the Hallmark That Makes Him Loved at Orlando Pirates

Patrick Maswanganyi Vows Not to Change the Hallmark That Makes Him Loved at Orlando Pirates

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at January 26, 2024 at 10:44 AM
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  • Patrick Maswanganyi is a flair footballer who entertains the paying public
  • The Orlando Pirates forward says it is a part of him that cannot be changed
  • The Buccaneers are blessed with a host of creative players in the forward line

The most challenging puzzles have pieces of varying shapes and sizes.

Jose Riveiro is blessed to have players with bundles of ability but also the discipline to implement more rigid ideas when necessary.

Patrick Maswanganyi is part of an attacking core that brings the best out in each other, showcasing the entertaining elements that South African street footballers possess.

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Patrick Maswanganyi vowed not to change his style of play as the Orlando Pirates forward continues to please the crowd. Photo: @Maps_Welsh.
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From Stars of Africa to Portugal and back to the DStv Premiership with SuperSport United in the space of three years, Maswanganyi has finally found a home with the Sea Robbers.

Four goals and two assists in all competitions so far this season have endeared him to the Buccaneers fans since joining from Matsatsantsa in July.

Fielding questions on his style of play, Maswanganyi said football was full of opinions and that he didn't take armchair coaches too seriously. Acknowledging his coach's instructions come first, he told SoccerLaduma:

"It's quite interesting when people say 'you need to improve'. I wouldn't want to change, this is how I play."

Nothing gets a South African grandstand bouncing like a few cheeky diski moves. Pirates walked a fine line in the Soweto Derby in November but a referee would be a brave man to hand out a yellow card in such an arena.

Unfortunately, players can be booked for showboating as it is a cautionable offence for unsporting behaviour, as per FIFA rules.

One may argue that showboating in South Africa and skills aimed at pleasing the crowd do not constitute unsporting behaviour, as it is a celebration of football not aimed at embarrassing the opponent.

Others might say it does not belong in the competitive area and should be reserved for exhibition games but even the Macufe Cup have seen such a yellow card.

Orlando Pirates' new signings

Sports Brief recently reported on Orlando Pirates bringing in two midfield reinforcements.

The Buccaneers have also brought back Tshegofatso Mabasa, releasing Eva Nga to make room.

Pirates resume their DStv Premiership campaign aiming for the second CAF Champions League spot.

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Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.
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