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Solid Leader Needed For Bucs Defence, Tyson Pursuit Still On

Orlando Pirates Facing Difficulty In Thulani Hlatshwayo Pursuit

By Soccer Laduma - Jul 05, 2018 06:46 PM

In their pursuit of a seasoned and solid defender to lead their team from the back, Orlando Pirates haven’t yet given up on chasing the signature of Thulani Hlatshwayo. 

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The Buccaneers have been linked to the centre back from Bidvest Wits, who is the captain of the Sturrock Park outfit, for a few years now.

However, it has been difficult for the Soweto giants to land the signature of their target, as the Clever Boys have been reluctant to part ways with their leader.

As Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic will be adamant on winning silverware in the 2018/19 season and with the Bucs faithful expecting success from the team, Hlatshwayo is one player needed by the club as the Serbian coach is building a formidable team that can compete both domestically and in the continent.

Bucs will be involved in no less than five official competitions, namely, MTN8‚ Telkom Knockout‚ Nedbank Cup‚ Absa Premiership and CAF Champions League.

It is known that Pirates want to bolster their central defence by adding depth and quality to the position. The club has struggled to field a centre back that constantly plays week-in and week-out, a position that has defined the team in the past. The two most recent leaders in centre back were Lucky Lekgwathi and Siyabonga Sangweni and the Buccaneers are yet to fill the void following their respective retirements. Hlatshwayo is seen as the perfect replacement and there is no doubt that they would welcome his arrival.

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However, over the years Wits have been reluctant to sell the defender as he has been a key figure in Gavin Hunt’s team. He is a fundamental part of the team’s spine and is the club captain.

The Students confirmed in February last year that the centre back had his contract with the club extended until 30 June 2019, and it subsequently emerged earlier this year that the player has agreed to a new deal with the Sturrock Park outfit that will see him under contract until, at least, June 30 in 2022. Hunt confirmed in 2018, when receiving his Coach of the Month award at the PSL headquarters in February, that Hlatshwayo had signed a new three-year deal with Wits. Due to the fact that Tyson is tied down on a long-term contract, it will take high-level negotiations behind the scenes for this deal to materialise, and it will only happen if it makes sense to Wits as the selling club, to Pirates - as the buying club - and to the player.

Get an in-depth analysis on Bucs' pursuit of the Bafana Bafana international defender in this week's Siya Special in issue 1080 of Soccer Laduma.     


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Bhakalona4lyf Joined: 24 Jan 2018
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Bhakalona4lyf Jul 08, 2018 09:55 PM
Considering his age it's good 4him to extend his contract otherwise he will be playing in Motsepe league now
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Choly wa Kabotsho Joined: 24 Nov 2017
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Choly wa Kabotsho Jul 07, 2018 11:40 PM
You commit to the club and you want to play for the club of your dreams, It doesn't make any sense
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Choly wa Kabotsho Jul 07, 2018 11:32 PM
This Tyson story annoys me a lot, I mean this guy have already signed a long term contract with the school boys and yet he dreams of playing for the galaxy,I think I don't like Tyson he's a big flop, How can he say he dreams of playing for my beloved Bucs and yet signs a contract extension, It's fine even if we do get him
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The Bucsboss Joined: 02 Nov 2016
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The Bucsboss Jul 06, 2018 11:19 AM
I like the player,but at the same time i will not agree to let Matlaba go.Matlaba is a fluancial player,and he is a brave individual with a wining mentality.We need him in Africa to help new player going forward.pirates should just find a way to convince Wits for Tyson's signature.#UP THE BUCS.
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Drknowitall Jul 06, 2018 11:01 AM
Tyson would be a great signing for Pirates and the captain arm band would suit him well. Pirates can even swap the ageing Matlaba, Saar and Makola to Wits
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setlaboswana Jul 06, 2018 10:03 AM
@Nhlpato, we are getting reports that Jali is combining well with my Boys, that gives me hope, morning!
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Nhlpato Jul 06, 2018 09:47 AM
@setlaboswana hows u nxt season we r going t giv ur team a run fo their money come nxt season cant wait
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Nhlpato Jul 06, 2018 09:46 AM
@Mtwesi in your starless dream wil your cowchless team do tht
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Nhlpato Jul 06, 2018 09:44 AM
@scoreman99 greetings juju ow yes wil get him n he once said he wants t come to bucs
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Nhlpato Jul 06, 2018 09:40 AM
@Swinedunus-6-Rats-0-namanje hey wena sbotho who said we even you have been chasing billiat fo 8 yrs akere n its now you got him mxm go budge in your starless team news cos ur cowchless wena mbuzi
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Nhlpato Jul 06, 2018 09:38 AM
@wash & wear hehehehe food seek wena maan sbotho kikikiki u r starless team is cowchless n u busy budging on bucs news
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setlaboswana Jul 06, 2018 09:35 AM
@scoreman99, swap deals is a foreign concept to President Motsepe, I can't remember such things happening at Downs, you are welcomed to remind me if there was such.
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sora06 Jul 06, 2018 08:51 AM
Wits wanted Motupa from Pirates but they knew that Pirates would want a swap deal that would involve Tyson. So they negotiated with Chippa to buy Motupa for them because they knew that Pirates have a good working relationship with Chippa so they would get him cheaper. Now Wits have MOTUPA and PIRATES don't have Tyson. Brave move by WITS. Pirates YOU`VE BEEN SHUCKED
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LeCowHloHlo vs mix vongani Jul 06, 2018 08:49 AM
@Mtwesi phela this guy is not a free agent like donkey Billiam etc.
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Swinedunus-6-Rats-0-namanje Jul 06, 2018 08:32 AM
Another Reinford Kalaba long chase.
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Swinedunus-6-Rats-0-namanje Jul 06, 2018 08:32 AM
Mxm these Rats can't sign Tyson it's been two seasons chasing one defender.
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Mtwesi Jul 06, 2018 08:04 AM
Chiefs can surprise pie rats by snapping this central back defender watch the space
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scoreman99 Jul 06, 2018 05:54 AM
@setlaboswana there r things like swap deals,blackmail not every move is about money
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setlaboswana Jul 06, 2018 05:20 AM
@scoreman99, money talks baba.
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LeCowHloHlo vs mix vongani Jul 06, 2018 04:22 AM
Not interesting news to read

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