Orlando Pirates midfielder finally addresses selfish allegations

Orlando Pirates midfielder Patrick “Tito” Maswanganyi has responded to criticism about his playing style, vowing that he won’t change the way he plays despite the accusations that he holds onto the ball for too long.

Maswanganyi, who joined Pirates from SuperSport United at the beginning of the season, has already become a regular under coach Jose Riveiro, making 15 league starts.

Speaking at AB Xuma Primary School in Orlando East, where Pirates and their sponsor Vodacom were distributing school shoes as part of a back-to-school campaign, Maswanganyi addressed the criticism he has received.

He stated, “I wouldn’t want to change. This is how I play and this is how I’ve been playing ever since I started playing football. This is what I know. If the coach tells me to do something I will do it, but I can’t change the way I play.”

Maswanganyi acknowledged that criticism is a part of football and that as a player, he understands that he doesn’t have to take negative opinions seriously.

He expressed his interest in hearing different opinions about the game and stated, “For me, it’s quite interesting when they say I have to improve on this and that.”

The event at AB Xuma Primary School was met with enthusiasm from the pupils and teachers.

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