Cape Town - Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo has warned incumbent shot stopper Siyabonga Mpontshane that he is not going to relinquish his starting place without a fight.
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Mhlongo became Pirates’ number-one choice between the sticks after the death of former Bucs keeper Senzo Meyiwa last October.
The Soweto giants have subsequently boosted their goalkeeping department with the acquisition of Mpontshane from Platinum Stars during the January transfer window.
However, the 24-year-old Mhlongo, who was an outfield player as a youngster before a car crash forced him to change positions, is not about to give up his place in the team without a fight.
"Siya is a great goalkeeper and a fantastic guy but he has to work [hard] to get the number one jersey," the Bucs keeper told The Sowetan.
"Who would have thought I would be number one?
“There were guys like Moeneeb [Josephs] and [Fatau] Dauda here.
“It has been difficult, but I kept the faith.
“Now I want to win trophies as a regular and I want to play for Bafana Bafana."