Ex-Pirates star on his rise to stardom in France

Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Marshall Munetsi opened up on his recent move to France and how it came as a shock to many people.

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The Zimbabwean international joined the Buccaneers in 2016 before completing a move to French giants Stade de Reims in July 2019.

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Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Marshall Munetse challenging PSG star Neymar Jr during the Ligue 1 clash at Parc des Princes stadium.
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The 24-year-old midfielder has since made an impression having featured in 21 games for the French side which saw him put pen to paper to a contract extension which will keep him at the club until 2024.

In an interview with Soccer Laduma, the midfielder opened up about his first season, revealing that it came as a shock to many people when he secured a major deal while he did not play regularly for Bucs.

“When I came here, it shocked a lot of people because of the way things had gone at (Orlando) Pirates,” Munetse told Soccer Laduma

“I did play some part of the season, but because of some reasons, I did not get much game-time. I knew before I left Baroka that there were potential deals for me to come to Europe at the time and my former agent Bevan Dicks told me about those offers when I was at Baroka,” Munetsi explained.

“So, moving here, people were quite shocked about the progress, but then when I came here, the club knew the ability that I had from the potential from the time they started to see me at Baroka and when I was playing for the national team. Coming here, they made it clear that I would be playing as a midfielder, so when I came, it was only for me to showcase my talent. I remember during pre-season after I had arrived, I got an injury on my ankle.

“I had to sit out for, I think, three weeks. When the season started, I was not as fit as I would have wanted. But then when I got a chance to play, I just started to enjoy myself and I think it took a lot of training sessions with the coaches to make sure that I adapt to the system that they play, to make sure I adapt to the physicality and tempo of the league,” he went on to say.