Tyson's first words as a Pirates player


Orlando Pirates' new recruit Thulani Hlatshwayo has expressed his delight at finally landing his dream move as he opened up upon his arrival at the Soweto giants.

Hlatshwayo has long since been linked with a Pirates move, having also previously revealed exclusively to Kick Off Magazine his interest in one day donning the black and white.

The 30-year-old has finally made the switch after the sale of Bidvest Wits paved the way for him, given the club's reluctance to let go of one of their biggest assets in the past.

'Tyson' has since confirmed previous attempts by The Buccaneers to lure him across to Rand Stadium, while explaining how it came about that he put pen to paper on what is believed to be a five-year deal.

"I am delighted to have finally joined Orlando Pirates Football Club. This is an honour and privilege to be here, because I know how long the club has been after my services over the years," said Hlatshwayo in his first interview with the club.

"Unfortunately, the club was not able to sign me for whatever reasons but thankfully now I am here, and I have both Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates management to thank for that.

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"I have said before that one day I would like to join Orlando Pirates. I am happy, that day has finally come. Honestly speaking, there were other teams that were after my services but out of respect for them I won't mention them.

"But as I’ve said earlier, I’ve always wanted to play for Orlando Pirates and secondly the club has been after me for a long time now. 

"Obviously, growing up in Soweto, one always dreams to play for one of the big teams and to play for Bafana Bafana. The timing was just right. I felt I was ready to make the move."

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