‘Pirates should break bank for Tyson’ – Bucs legend

Premier Soccer League giants Orlando Pirates have been advised to dig deep into their pockets for star player Thulani ‘Tyson’ Hlatshwayo.

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The 30-year-old defender has been on the Buccaneers’ transfer target list for some time now, with former Pirates player Nkosinathi Mqobongo revealing why he believes ‘Tyson’ will be a good addition to Bucs.

South Africa defender Thulani Hlatshwayo, left, fights for the ball with Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie. AFP
Bafana Bafana defender Thulani Hlatshwayo fighting for the ball with Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie during the 2019 African Cup of Nations opener in Egypt.
(Image: AFP)

“Pirates do need a defender of his quality. I would advise that they do everything possible to get Tyson, especially also considering that (Happy) Jele is getting older now, ” Mqobongo told the Soccer Laduma

“If you look at it, Jele doesn’t have a permanent partner in Pirates defence. Sometimes he plays with (Ntsikelelo) Nyauza and at times when Nyauza isn’t there he has been playing with the boy from (Bloemfontein) Celtic – (Alfred) Ndengane. ”

Hlatshwayo’s current contract with the Students is set to expire by the end of June 2022, meaning that Bucs would have to break the bank to be able to pay a transfer fee for the experienced player’s services.

“Jele is over 32 now (Jele turned 33 in January) and that means he has to be managed properly and carefully. In that kind of situation you can’t expect a player to play each and every game. Pirates should break the bank for Tyson if that what it means to get him.

“You must remember that he too isn’t getting any younger as he is now also 30. So, if they (Pirates) are to sign him they should do is as soon as possible,” Mqobongo added.