Bafana star joins Pirates
Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates have confirmed the capture of Siyabonga Sangweni
from Golden Arrows as they bolster their treble-winning defence.
The Bucanneers have transferred striker Katlego Mashego and
midfielder Gert Schalkwyk to Arrows as part of the deal for the
29-year-old Bafana Bafana defender.
Club chairman Dr Irvin Khoza told the club's official website:
"Siyabonga Sangweni is one of the great defensive prospects in the
league and is already a Bafana Bafana international.
"I am sure he will prove a valuable addition to the squad. The
squad now has a more experienced look to it that will hopefully serve us
well for the rest of this season and going forward."
A statement added further:
Sangweni was born on October 29, 1981 in Empangeni and began
his career with Nathi Lions, before he moved to Golden Arrows in 2005
where he made over 150 appearances.
Sangweni, is an experienced campaigner of six seasons in
the Premier Soccer League and has been capped fourteen times so far by
the South African national team. The latest appearance was in the 2012
African Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt, where he played
alongside new club colleagues Andile Jali and Tlou Segolela - the match
The 1.82 meter defender, who is renowned for his hard
tackling is a strong, explosive and versatile player who has excellent
Sangweni, who made his Bafana Bafana debut against Malawi
in 2007 (26 May), has been a regular in under coach Pitso Mosimane.
Ntsimbi as he is affectionately known, scored his debut goal against
Bulgaria on 24 May 2010.