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