Bafana star joins Pirates

2011-07-04 11:02

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 ended 0-0.

The 1.82 meter defender, who is renowned for his hard tackling is a strong, explosive and versatile player who has excellent aerial abilities.

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.


  • Percy - 2011-07-04 11:40

    Hail Iron Duke for another coup de tat. We the faithful buccaneers know and trust that when you give your team a special focus that it deserve, the results do come, Welcome home boy, for sure your life will change for better, you will be "HAPPY Sangweni"

  • Prince - 2011-07-04 11:53

    Well done Bucks, you will never regret

  • Obama Bin Laden - 2011-07-04 12:02

    Safa Grammar Lesson Number1: The words "Bafana" and "star" should never be used in the same sentence unless the latter reference is to a celestial body. For example: The Bafana goalkeeper let through a goal because he was distracted by a shooting star. Never use the word "star" to refer to the footballing prowess of a player whose team is known as the Bafana. Instead use the word "journeyman" as it is more befitting of their footballing ability. For example: The Bafana journeyman goalkeeper leaked let another goal to the visiting Australian womens team as he was distracted by a shooting star. Avoid referring to the team as the Bafana as the team nickname will soon be changed to the Bantwana.

  • Mbusi - 2011-07-04 12:31

    This is a good deal for the SA Champions but they shud have sacrificed other players instead of Mashego...! eg Mabena, Malokase etc surely Mashego is better than a lot of players at Pirates. I wonder who's gona beat Chiefs for us since Mashego is gone.

      teebegz - 2011-07-11 08:54

      thats true Mbusi these players u jst mentioned ar useless in the pirates team iys a wrong move indeed

  • brendon - 2011-07-04 14:20

    Do this boy look like Lesley Mantelela (Slow Poison) or what????

      teebegz - 2011-07-11 08:55

      almost dude

  • ikemon2107 - 2011-07-04 14:39

    Congratulations Bucs, you mean business by now - good signing

  • Aldrich - 2011-07-05 09:22

    Pirates for African Club champions? They have the squad to do it

  • Bra Pat - 2011-07-05 09:54

    i see the resemblence of Manyathela in the guy.

  • Pumza - 2011-07-05 15:36

    We are so blessed,welcome home boy!!!

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