Absa Premiership

Hlatshwayo: No added pressure

2014-07-31 22:05
Thulani Hlatshwayo (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - Newly signed Wits defender Thulani Hlatshwayo says he is not feeling pressured to be a Student following his move from Ajax Cape Town after five years of service.

The 24-year-old left back joined the Clever Boys on a three year deal.

Wits had the best defensive record in the league last season, conceding only 20 goals throughout their campaign.

The Soweto-born player hinted that he will not be intimidated by this achievement as he aims to add value in their defence instead of being just an additional member.

"They (Wits) did well last season defensively," said Hlatshwayo.

"I am here to add value not just to add numbers.

"I checked how they played towards the end of last season.

"They have lost Kwanda Mngonyana and Matthew Booth.

"So there is enough space for me to compete.

"I don’t feel pressured at all.

Hlatshwayo was also rumoured to be heading to either Orlando Pirates or Mamelodi Sundowns in the off-season period, and he explained why he chose Wits at the end of the day.

"Wits were the first team to approach me.," explained Hlatshwayo.

"By the time Sundowns and Pirates approached me, we were already at an advance stage with Wits.

"I was ready to sign for them (Wits).

"Seeing their style of play and the coach they have (Gavin Hunt) also played a part in my movement.

"I saw it suitable for me to go there because my style of play really suits them."

Hlatswayo is set to make his long awaited debut for the Students when they host Bloemfontein Celtic in the MTN8 quarter-final at the Bidvest stadium on Friday night.

Kick-off is scheduled for 19:30.

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