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Motshwari: Our squad is still balanced

Orlando Pirates

Ben Motshwari says keeping the core of the last season's squad will pay off for Orlando Pirates this term.

Bucs ended the 2020/21 DStv Premiership campaign in third place behind champions Mamelodi Sundowns and surprise runners-up AmaZulu.

The club have so far signed Bandile Shandu, Kwanda Mngonyama, Goodman Mosele and Monnapule Saleng, although Saleng has since been loaned to Swallows.

Combative midfielder Motshwari said in the Sowetan: "Most of the guys from last season have been retained, there's so much experience in the team. It's true that we're not rebuilding the team because we didn't make too many signings.

"Our squad is still balanced. I think it will work in our favour that we didn't bring in too many players, it can be key because when you have so many new signings they need time to gel. I think it’s going to be a good season for us.

"The new guys who've come in have adjusted very well, especially Kwanda. We didn't have centre-backs last season when most of our centre-backs got injured as we were playing a game on every third day."