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By Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

Football Journalist

Monare praises Pirates fighting spirit for their victory against Cape Town City

'It’s always about the team. Big up to the boys for the character they showed,' said Monare.

Orlando Pirates midfielder Thabang Monare praised the team’s character and attitude following their victory over Cape Town City at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

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Monare, who walked away with the Man-of-the-Match accolade following his impressive display for the Buccaneers in midfield, was very proud of his team-mates.

This is after Pirates had to fight their way back into the game against the Western Cape outfit, who scored first with a well taken strike by Khanyisa Mayo, before Terrence Dzvukamanja cancelled their lead and Monnapule Saleng scored the winning goal for Pirates late in the second half.

With only four games to the end of the DStv Premiership season for the Buccaneers, Monare says the kind of attitude and mentality they showed against City is exactly what they need in their quest for a second-place finish on the league table.

“It’s always about the team. Big up to the boys for the character they showed. It is not easy coming from 1-0 down especially against a team like Cape Town City. I think we showed a lot of good character, which is very good for the team going forward,” said the midfielder.

“We showed a great mentality and great attitude.

Thanking the fans

Monare, who has also played for Jomo Cosmos and Bidvest Wits, showed gratitude to the club’s supporters and says their support helps them.

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“They (fans) are playing a very huge and important role. You can ask any Cape Town City individual, they were shouting every time we had the ball and it gets confusing for our opponents.

“That’s the 12th man we have on the field. It plays a huge role and I want to see it (fans coming to the stadium) happening more often. It helps us as a team and we really have to thank them.”