Bafana Bafana captain Thulani Hlatshwayo has his heart set on staying put at Bidvest Wits through the rest of his playing career.
Hlatshwayo has previously been linked to Orlando Pirates but believes committing his future to Wits will help him go down in history as one of the club’s greatest servants.
He is inspired by the loyalty of his close ally, Pirates captain Happy Jele, who has been at the Buccaneers for 14 years.
“It’s been over a decade playing in the PSL, when you look back, you ask yourself, how did I get through with the team? You realise loyalty gives you stability, and the teams we play for can see loyalty and when you give your all the rewards then follow. Wits have rewarded me over the years,” Hlatshwayo told FARPost.
The 30-year-old signed an improved three-year-deal at the end of 2019, keeping him at the club until 2022. At the time, he was on another three-year deal signed in March 2018, which would have expired in June 2021.
The extension, he said, was clear demonstration the club were keen to hold onto him.
Speaking of Jele, he said: “Happy has respected the game and his club. You’ll go very far when you respect the game and the club you play for and that’s exactly what I want to emulate.”
Jele joined Pirates as a 19-year-old in 2006 and has never wavered since.
The man affectionately referred to as ‘Tyson’ has been an integral part of the ‘Students’ since joining them from Ajax Cape Town in 2014.
The Soweto-born defender has previously admitted he grew up supporting the Soweto giants but said ‘nothing would stop him from extending his Wits stay’ which has been fantastic.
In his six seasons with the Braamfontein-based side, Hlatshwayo has won the Absa Premiership title, MTN 8 and Nedbank Cup.
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By Mthokozisi Dube