Ben Motshwari: Orlando Pirates struggled to break down defensive Kaizer Chiefs side

The 28-year-old midfield maestro explained why there is still a lot to play for in title race

Orlando Pirates central midfielder Ben Motshwari says they struggled to breakdown a defensive Kaizer Chiefs side on Saturday. 

The two Soweto giants played out to a 1-1 draw in a Premier Soccer League (PSL) match which was played at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

The draw saw the Buccaneers remain third on the league standings - four points behind log leaders Bidvest Wits, but the former have a game in hand.

“It was a very tactical game, inasmuch as we wanted to win and chase the [leading] pack at the top, but it was difficult, very tactical,” Motshwari told SuperSport TV.

Defensive-minded quintet Daniel Cardoso, Teenage Hadebe, Kgotso Moleko, Happy Mashiane and Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya all started for Amakhosi.

“They played with five at the back and two wing-backs, it was difficult for us to exploit spaces on the sides because they were always overloading one side," he continued.

"It was a bit of a challenge. But other than that, it was a great game [although] tough," Motshwari, who scooped the man of the match accolade, explained.

Cardoso put Chiefs into the lead after the hosts were awarded a penalty a few minutes into the second half, but Thembinkosi Lorch grabbed a late equaliser for Pirates.

“[In] the first half we created so many chances, we should have buried them, even myself I should have scored but it was unfortunate," the 27-year-old player added.

"We had to chase the game and managed to score. We’re not happy or satisfied with a point but we’ll take it," he said.

Motshwari, who joined Bucs from Wits in June 2018, believes that the team are improving as they look to clinch this season's PSL title.

“For most of the guys it is a new experience, it was the first time playing in a Derby, for me it was a second time," Motshwari added.

"So, it’s always difficult, but as a group, the spirit is there. We are still young and learning, we want to go forward, hopefully, we will achieve what we want,” he concluded.

Pirates are scheduled to face Tunisian football heavyweights Esperance de Tunis in the Caf Champions League Group B match in Rades on Tuesday.