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Orlando Pirates' Rhulani Mokwena steers clear of Thulani 'Tyson' Hlatshwayo talk

Posted: 19 July 2018 Time: 09:00

Orlando Pirates assistant coach Rhulani Mokwena has steered clear of speculation linking the club with a move for Bidvest Wits captain Thulani Hlatshwayo.

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'Tyson' appeared on Pirates' radar as far back as 2014 prior to him joining Wits from Ajax Cape Town.

The 28-year-old has admitted an affinity for the Soweto giants in the past, but recommitted himself to the Clever Boys in March when he penned a new three-year contract at Sturrock Park.

And while former Bucs captain Siyabonga Sangweni believes the Bafana Bafana centre-back would add great value at the club, Mokwena is wary of fueling talk of a potential switch.

"No comment, no comment. I can't talk about other players because I know where that question is going," Mokwena responded when asked if the club needs a centre-back of Hlatshwayo's ability.

Mokwena was then asked if Pirates are looking to strengthen in that position, to which he said: "We've got seven centre-backs, we got seven centre-backs.

"We have [Gladwin] Shitolo, [Ntsikelelo] Nyauza, Happy Jele, [Marshall] Munetsi, we've got quite a few centre-backs.

"Others are Justice Chabalala, and we got two that have come from the NFD that were on loan last season - Brian Hlongwa [from Real Kings] and Sandile Mthethwa [from Richards Bay FC]. So we got a lot. We are covered."

The Sea Robbers were assessing Brazilian defender Caio Marcelo on their pre-season camp in Zambia, which ended yesterday on a victorious note.

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Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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