Thulani Hlatshwayo Leaves Orlando Pirates
South Africa Premier Soccer League giants Orlando Pirates have confirmed the departure of dependable centre-back Thulani Hlatshwayo from the club.
Hlatshwayo has been with the Sea Robbers for the past two seasons and leaves the club after making 27 appearances in total in DSTV Premiership and contributed to one goal.
In a statement Pirates said the former Bafana Bafana captain left the club on mutual consent ahead of his potential move to Amazulu.
“Orlando Pirates Football Club and Tyson Hlatshwayo jointly announce the amicable parting of ways between the two parties,” the club said.
“A leader amongst men, Tyson has always sought to make a meaningful contribution wherever he plays, and this is what has ultimately influenced his decision to request the Club to grant him his request to leave.
“On behalf of the entire Orlando Pirates family, we would like to thank Tyson for his meaningful contribution and professionalism during his stay. We wish you nothing but the best as you enter the next chapter in your footballing career.”
On his part, Hlatshwayo thanked the Buccaneers for their contribution in his football journey and went on to thank the club fans for their support during his stay.
“When I came here, I said I wanted a trophy, and we were able to deliver on that mandate. Unfortunately, the second season didn’t work out the way I wanted it to, and this is what has informed my decision to request the Club to grant me my wish of leaving because I still have a lot to give and a lot to offer in the field of play. This is something that I shared with Management,” the 32-year-old player told the club website.
“We had some positive talks (with Management) but with everything taken into careful consideration I have decided it’s the right time for me to leave the Club,” added Hlatshwayo.
“I will forever be grateful to the Chairman and the Club for granting me this wish. The Club and I have always had a fantastic relationship, which will continue beyond my playing days.
“For me, today is a new chapter filled with many emotions. There’s a sense of pride, sadness and also optimism towards the future.
“Finally, to the fans, I would personally like to thank you for all the support.”
Hlatshwayo joined Orlando Pirates rom Bidvest Wits in 2020 and won the MTN 8 cup in his maiden season.