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Igesund: Why Pirates Really Needed Hlatshwayo

Former Bafana Bafana head coach Gordon Igesund has shared his thoughts on Orlando Pirates’ new signing, Thulani Hlatshwayo and the impact he could have at the Soweto giants.

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The 30-year-old former Bidvest Wits captain was this week unveiled as a Pirates player after years of the club trying to secure his services.

Speaking exclusively to the Siya crew, the man who gave Hlatshwayo his Bafana debut back in 2013, has backed the tough-as-nails defender to take Pirates to the next level and help them compete for titles next season. 

“Look I think he will do a good job for Orlando Pirates. In actual fact, I think he will do a good job for any team. I read somewhere that his childhood dream was to play for Pirates, that is a good sign. Another good sign is that he is a no-nonsense defender, he takes instructions very well and he is able to carry out a way that the team wants to play. He’s a good motivator and he leads by example. I think that is something that Pirates really needed.

“Over the years their defence has gotten a little bit older and they are on the wrong age. Their main defender Happy Jele was an outstanding player for them but things caught up with him a little bit and even though I think he (Jele) can still play, he’ll be supported by Hlatshwayo,” Igesund said.

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According to the four-time Premiership winner, the Bafana skipper brings more than just defensive stability to the Buccaneers, but he can also be an asset on the opposite end of the field, if need be.

“I think he’s a good signing. He’s a good professional player and I think the good thing as well as that he is capable of scoring between six and eight goals a season. I think a defender who scores that any goals is a big asset. I actually like all the signings that Pirates have made, and I think it’s looking good for the two teams now,” Igesund concluded.

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