Absa Premiership

Hlatshwayo will be a perfect signing for Pirates - Sangweni

2018-07-02 17:07
Thulani Hlatshwayo (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Orlando Pirates defender Siyabonga Sangweni has urged his old club to sign Thulani Hlatshwayo from Wits.

READ: Pirates set to trim squad

Sangweni joined Pirates at the start of the 2011/12 season and stayed at the Buccaneers until his retirement in 2016. His younger brother, Thamsanqa, still plays for the club.

"We need to beef up our defence. We need someone who will say, 'I will die for this team at the back.' Hlatshwayo will be a perfect signing for Pirates," Sangweni said, according to IOL website.

"They need someone who is stubborn at the back. You can't be soft if you are playing in that position. You don't have to listen what other people are saying. If you are playing that position you need to stay focused," he continued.

Although the 28-year-old remains under contract at Wits, talks between the two clubs are reportedly ongoing.

After a disastrous 11th-place finish in 2016/17, Pirates improved tremendously in the recently completed Premiership campaign, finishing second to Mamelodi Sundowns and qualifying for the CAF Champions League.

However, despite their progress under Milutin Sredojevic, Sangweni believes the Buccaneers should be aiming higher.

"We are expecting a lot from Pirates in the upcoming season. It is time for them to write they own history," he said.

"Last season, they showed glimpses of what they can offer. They must push more to attain silverware. Pirates can't be playing for the second place all the time."

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