Throwback Thursday: How Myeni signed for Pirates

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In this week's instalment of our weekly feature Throwback Thursday, former Orlando Pirates star Sifiso Myeni reveals the incredible story of how the Buccaneers won the race for his signature.

Myeni joined the Buccaneers in January 2012 following his scintillating form for Bidvest Wits.

"I had three teams that wanted to sign me when I was still playing at Wits," Myeni tells KickOff.com.

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"I had Sundowns, Chiefs and then Pirates who were interested. So I went to Mbulelo Mabizela as an older person in the football fraternity to ask for his advice.

"He told me one thing, 'go where your heart tells you to go and don't regret any decisions that you make.

"Yes, I was tempted to go to Chiefs and Sundowns, I used to live in Braamfontein and used to see a Sundowns car at my flat, and also a Pirates car waiting for me.

"When I signed for Pirates I had to switch off my phone for like seven days because Sundowns were knocking and knocking. Before I went to Pirates I had almost signed for Sundowns.

"I even met the coach of Sundowns, Johan Neeskens if I'm not mistaken. It's just a pity we didn't agree.

"But I remember I was staying in Braamfontein going to my flat, and I saw a Sundowns car. I had to turn back around and not to my flat. When I came back I saw a Pirates car parked there, I said to myself 'what's happening, I even called my agent.

"At the time my agent was Mike Makaab. I said to him 'boss, I can't go into my flat because Pirates are there, Sundowns are there. After that, they left and I signed for Pirates, I was the first player if I'm not mistaken to have signed for a team while on crutches. Because I couldn't play, I was injured that time, but people were fighting for me when I had only one leg.

"As for Kaizer Chiefs I only got calls from Bobby, I got calls from Kaizer jr. saying 'no come to Naturena. So with Pirates, it was serious, they came straight. Sundowns came to me but with Chiefs, it was only calls and I think they came on the last day of the transfer window saying 'hey come', and I told them it was too late.

"With Pirates, I got the call from the chairman himself, Irvin Khoza. He said 'I've finished with your team, I've finished with everything, and whatever you ask for, I will give it to you.

"Let's leave the agents and stuff and tell me what you want and I will give it to you.' And that's when I signed. I was the last player if I'm not mistaken whose signing was announced by Irvin Khoza in a press conference.

"After me, there was no other player who had a press conference with Irvine Khoza. It was Benni McCarthy first, and then it was me and Ntshumayelo.

"My signing to Pirates was drama. I had to hide when I got to the Parktown offices. The media was there for the press conference and there were other players, I think Pirates had signed eight players. I had my own room. I was also scared of what might happen."

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