Thulani Hlatshwayo last night revealed that he was “looking for a new challenge” as the Bidvest Wits skipper broke his silence about interest in him from one of the Premier Soccer League’s heavyweights, Orlando Pirates.
Now his club coach Gavin Hunt has immediately come out just hours later to reiterate that the Clever Boys are unlikely to sell ‘Tyson’ to a domestic rival.
“No, I don’t think there are any developments. But after last night (Pirates lost 3-0 to SuperSport United) we can name our price can’t we? He doesn’t want to go anywhere. He is happy. He is fine,” Hunt told the media.
The coach was, however, cautious that twist and turns are unavoidable in football.
“You can never say never in football, you just look what’s going on down the road as well – players go for free and they get bought back. Anything can happen,” he said, referring to the Khama Billiat transfer saga between Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns.
He continued: “You watch the world of football, I am sure there’s going to be a bit of movement there as well. I don’t want to lose the boy, he knows that. He is the captain of our club and of the national team. He feels he’s at home. We’ve come a long. Things will happen inevitably as it does with coaches and players, people move on. Selling him would solve all our problems and give us problems at the back. It’s a no brainer, that’s for sure. But that is not the point. We also have to look after our team and our club. He’s a player that has come a long way with us. From Ajax, being an average right back to being the national team centreback and captain. We want to keep him, there’s no doubt. It’s not good that he is hearing stories every day, but it’s not coming from us. This is why the window should be closed before the first game.”
As Hunt points out, with two weeks left before the transfer window slams shut, anything can happen! The Siya crew will stay on top of the story.