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Former Orlando Pirates defender Siyabonga Sangweni urges brother Thamsanqa to ignore comparisons

Posted: 7 July 2018 Time: 10:00

Former Orlando Pirates captain Siyabonga Sangweni says he has encouraged his brother Thamsanqa to forge his own path at the Sea Robbers. 

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Siyabonga impressed in a five-year spell for Pirates, notably helping the Soweto giants complete the 'Double Treble' in 2012.

His younger sibling, however, endured a tough first season with Bucs, only making three appearances last term following his signing from Chippa United.

Siyabonga has advised Thamsanqa not to pay attention to the inevitable family comparisons.

"I told him that if they compare him with me, and he accepts that pressure, he'll have problems," says Siyabonga, who was forced to retire as a Buccaneer in April 2016 due to injury.

"He should remain to be Thami and not listen to people, 'Oh people want to compare you with me'.

"That is football. We won't have the same success, we are not cut the same way.

"I'm Siya. Rooi [Mahamutsa] and [Lucky] Lekgwathi, we weren't the same but when we were together we'd combine to be a unit and form a good team," he adds of his one-time defensive partners. has learnt that the Chilli Boys are considering re-signing Thami.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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