How Bucs stole Lewis at hotel reception


Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Warren Lewis reveals how the Soweto giants managed to snatch him from under Santos FC's nose.

Lewis joined The Buccaneers in 1999 after parting ways with AmaZulu, who were experiencing financial difficulties at the time, after making more than 100 appearances for Usuthu.

Check out Lewis in action for Pirates in the gallery above recently caught up with the 49-year-old, who earned two caps for South Africa.

"I was supposed to meet Afzhal Khan to speak to him about joining Santos at the Royal Hotel," Lewis remembers.

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"When I went to meet him he was late because I think his plane was delayed from Cape Town. I bumped into Lawrence [Ngubane] there and he asked me what I was doing.

"I told him and he said he wanted me to join Pirates if I was keen to leave Durban. He made me an offer but out of respect for Afzhal we agreed I would still meet with him to hear his offer.

"AmaZulu didn't want to give me a clearance, but when I told Lawrence I would join Pirates he picked up the phone and got it straight away.

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"I think AmaZulu owed money to Pirates for helping them out during their financial problems that year and they ended up taking Kamaal Sait, Jabu Mnguni and myself."

Lewis says he also doesn't know how Ngubane knew he was coming to the hotel that day.

"I have no idea, I think he always worked from the Royal Hotel in those days," he says.

"l think he knew I was going to Pirates because when I told AmaZulu I was going to leave for Santos, they told me I couldn't go. But Lawrence had my clearance."

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