Sikhakhane eager to make Bucs debut

2016-08-22 21:35
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Cape Town - Orlando Pirates' newly-signed right-back, Thembela Sikhakhane, says it would be a moment of truth if he were to make his debut against former side Golden Arrows.

Bucs will take on Abafana Bes'thende in their Absa Premiership opener at Orlando Stadium, Soweto, on Wednesday night at 7.30pm.

The pacey right-back, 23, penned a three-year contract with the Buccanners, making the switch from league rivals Golden Arrows.

"It's a dream move to me to have been signed by a team of Pirates' calibre, the team I grew up supporting when growing in my rural village [of Ulundi] in KwaZulu-Natal. I think I made enough impression last season at Arrows, prompting Bucs to sign me, though it came as a surprise to me," Sikhakhane told Vodacom Soccer.

"Though I'm happy to have joined Bucs, but honestly speaking, Arrows will always have a soft spot in my heart, because that is a team that gave me my break in the PSL.

"I have been through thick and thin with Arrows, going down to NFD with the team and making a quick return back to the PSL. But now I'm at Bucs, and I'm prepared for a new challenge.

"It's my wish to make the team's starting XI on Wednesday in the official PSL match, and it would be more interesting for me to face my former team. But I'm longing for that challenge, should I be given the nod on Wednesday," added Sikhakhane, who featured for Bucs in the Dr Hage Geingob Cup and Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup in pre-season.

The Ulundi-born full-back, who made his PSL debut in Arrows' colours in the 2012/13 season after making the step up from the amateur ranks, will be competing for a starting berth with Happy Jele and Ntsikelelo Nyauza.

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