Pirates part ways with Hlatshwayo


Orlando Pirates have announced the surprise departure of club vice-captain Thulani Hlatshwayo.

Former Bafana Bafana captain Thulani Hlatshwayo has left Orlando Pirates after two seasons with the club following a request to be released, the Soweto giants confirmed on Friday.

"Orlando Pirates Football Club and Tyson Hlatshwayo jointly announce the amicable parting of ways between the two parties," Pirates said in a statement.

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A leader amongst men, Tyson has always sought to make a meaningful contribution wherever he plays, and this is what has ultimately influenced his decision to request the club to grant him his request to leave."

Hlatshwayo joined the Buccaneers from Bidvest Wits in 2020 and made 51 appearances for the club across all competitions, winning the MTN 8 cup in his maiden season.

"My dream to wear the black and white jersey of Orlando Pirates has been fulfilled," the 32-year-old added. "When I came here, I said I wanted a trophy, and we were able to deliver on that mandate.

"Unfortunately, the second season didn't work out the way I wanted it to, and this is what has informed my decision to request the club to grant me my wish of leaving because I still have a lot to give and a lot to offer in the field of play. This is something that I shared with management.

"We had some positive talks but with everything taken into careful consideration, I have decided it's the right time for me to leave the Club.

"I will forever be grateful to the chairman and the club for granting me this wish. The club and I have always had a fantastic relationship, which will continue beyond my playing days.

"For me, today is a new chapter filled with many emotions. There’s a sense of pride, sadness and also optimism toward the future. Finally, to the fans, I would personally like to thank you for all the support."