'My journey to Pirates started in 2014'


Orlando Pirates new signing Thulani Hlatshwayo has opened up on how he was supposed to join the club six years ago and explains why it finally materialised now.

It is well documented that Hlatshwayo had been a long-time transfer target for Pirates, with negotiations to lure him to Rand Stadium having broken down several times.

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However, the Buccaneers pounced at the right time as Bidvest Wits were about to be sold to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila towards the end of last season.

Finally in the black and white of the Soweto giants, 'Tyson' has now revealed how the club's pursuit of him began back in 2014 and why he took so long to give in to the 'Iron Duke'.

"My journey to Pirates started a while ago. Coming from Ajax Cape Town, I was supposed to be signing for Pirates in 2014," explained Hlatshwayo on Pirates TV.

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"But because I left Soweto at a young age, I felt coming back I needed to settle first and that's why I chose to go to Bidvest Wits.

"From then onwards, with us winning trophies – the league, MTN8, Telkom – Pirates kept on knocking on our door but at the time I had a contract with Wits and I was happy in the team, they had taken care of me so I kept on renewing contracts and everything.

"This time I felt it inside me that it was the right time to move to Orlando Pirates. Besides feeling like it was time, it's a team I grew up supporting and I've made it public that I grew up supporting the club and that I would love to play in a Soweto Derby one day."

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