Sangweni: Why I left Orlando Pirates


Ex-Orlando Pirates midfielder Thamsanqa Sangweni says there were personal reasons that forced him to leave the club, not a lack of game-time as most believe.

Sangweni, 31, is without a club at the moment as he awaits the next offer in his football career following stints with Chippa United, Richards Bay and Maritzburg United.

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"It's not like it's them who wanted to release me, it's me who approached them and asked to be released," Sangweni tells

"Because even before I joined Pirates I always had meetings directly with Irvin [Khoza]. So after what happened that I didn't like, and I tried to persevere, to talk about them, then I saw it was better if I was released.

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"Because I couldn't be just selfish, because Pirates is a big team you know. It wasn't about game-time and what-what, it was an outside factor, personal reasons.

"Even the coach understood what was happening because that time it was still Micho [Sredojevic] you know."

Sangweni says reports that it was his brother Siyabonga Sangweni who advised him to choose Pirates over other suitors are not true.

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"What really happened is, I'm a person who makes my own decisions," he says.

"I was supposed to go to Wits. I remember there was a time I went there and I think Wits was still negotiating with Chippa but Chippa wanted big money and Wits were complaining about that.

"But they asked me to continue training while they were still negotiating with Chippa. It was during that same week I joined Pirates. I went there because I wanted to go there, no one pushed me."

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