It has taken a while for Thulani Hlatshwayo to become a Buccaneer and now that he’s finally joined the club, the man known as Tyson is ready to fight for Orlando Pirates.
Speaking after his unveiling, Hlatshwayo admitted that he always longed to turn out in Pirates colours.
“I am delighted to have finally joined Orlando Pirates Football Club,” Hlatshwayo told the club’s website.
“This is an honour and privilege to be here because I know how long the club has been after my services over the years. 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,” stated the former Wits and Ajax Cape Town defender.
“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 wont 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,” he said.
He continued: “Growing up in Soweto all boys dream of playing for either Orlando Pirates or Kaizer Chiefs. I come from a family where most people support Pirates, except my mother who supports Chiefs.
“For me personally, I have always supported Pirates especially during the Kosta Papic era which had abo Tso Vilakazi, Joseph Makhanya and Lebohang Mokoena.
“So, I can say it’s definitely a dream come true for me to be playing for this team, a team with such a rich history. Our job now is to contribute to this history by getting the club back to where it belongs.”
Hlatshwayo added: “I would like to thank the supporters for their warm messages of support. Even when I was playing for Wits, the Pirates fans that I used to come across were always supporting me and giving me words of encouragement and now that I am here I want to say thank you.
“I also understand that even though I am a name that most of the supporters are familiar with, I will also need to earn my respect and I plan to do so by giving my all in every opportunity I get to wear that Pirates jersey. Once a Pirate always a Pirate.”
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By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa