New Orlando Pirates defender Thulani Hlatswayo has revealed the outcome of the meeting he had with Thembinkosi Lorch regarding their clash of jerseys.
'Tyson' wore jersey number 3 at Ajax Cape Town and Bidvest Wits but faces a problem at Pirates because the jersey is already taken by the former PSL Footballer of the Season.
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The Soweto-born defender has penned a three-year deal with the Mighty Buccaneers with an option to renew and is viewed as the club's marquee signing of the off-season.
But Hlatshwayo, who is currently in camp with Bafana Bafana as the national team prepares for international friendlies against Zambia and Namibia this week, says he has a huge amount of respect for Lorch and cannot step on his toes.
"I have to check which numbers are available and I have to respect Lorch," Hlatshwayo admitted.
"He has been at Pirates before me and I don't want to disrespect him and go for him. I am not that big as a player to say I am not going to play if I am not wearing jersey number 3.
"I said I am going to talk to him, which I did, and I told him that there is no pressure, I am not going to change what relationship you have with the jersey.
"I wore jersey number 3 at Ajax Cape Town and at Bidvest Wits but unfortunately now the jersey is not available. Now I have to check which available jersey I will choose."
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