Mthiyane: Why I turned down Bucs

Orlando Pirates

Mthiyane, who signed for AmaZulu at the end of July, bagged 14 League goals for Thanda Royal Zulu last season, losing out on the overall top scorer award to African Warriors star Brice Aka, who got 12 goals in the League and four in the Nedbank Cup.

Mthiyane has one goal so far for Usuthu this season, in six appearances, with three assists.

Craig Rosslee has already been full of praise for the the 25-year-old winger, who was the top player for September in the KICK OFF Fantasy League.

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He was previously on the books of AmaZulu, but left in the 2010/11 season to join Usuthu’s sister club Durban Warriors, before moving to Thanda.

Mthiyane reveals to the PSL’s official website his reasons for turning down the Buccaneers – and Maritzburg United – in preseason.

“There were some concrete offers in the transfer window, the most significant one everyone knows about was from Orlando Pirates,” he tells the PSL’s website. “But it’s just that I started at AmaZulu when I was young, so I knew all about the club, the culture, the atmosphere and some of the faces at the club.

“I knew it was the right thing to do and I felt I owed it to the club in a sense. So loyalty played a role too and I felt this was where I will be given the chance.”

Mthiyane reveals that he believed a move to the Soweto giants would be too much too soon.

“Pirates is a good team, but it’s just that I told myself I can go there in the future,” he says. “I wanted to only go there after proving myself at another PSL club first.

“I didn’t feel I was ready for that kind of a move. I wanted to settle down at AmaZulu first, work hard, improve myself and improve my game first. I’m sure that time will come again if I can continue improving as a player.”