Pirates win race to sign Bafana captain Thulani Hlatshwayo – report

Orlando Pirates have beaten Mamelodi Sundowns to the signature of Bidvest Wits and Bafana Bafana captain Thulani Hlatshwayo, according to reports.

Quoting unnamed sources, SowetanLIVE reports that Hlatshwayo will pick playing for Pirates rather than Sundowns‚ who had expressed interest in him after it emerged the Wits owners were selling the club.

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“Pirates have got him. He has told Sundowns he will join Pirates‚” a source is quoted as saying by SowetanLIVE.

His agent Mike Ntombela would not confirm or deny that the defender is headed to Pirates.

“The fact of the matter is that he belongs to Wits. He renewed his contract and has two years to run still‚” Ntombela told Sowetan.

“For anything to happen‚ Wits must give the go-ahead.”

Ntombela did however confirm that there had been interest from both Pirates and Sundowns for Hlatshwayo‚ adding only Hlatshwayo will make a decision on where he wants to play.

“He decides for himself‚ I can only advise here and there‚ but ultimately‚ he decides. He can play at any team‚ including Sundowns and Pirates.”

As Phakaaathi reported earlier, Pirates have been chasing Hlatshwayo for the past two years and it seems as though Bucs will finally land their target.

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