Bucs Legend Saddened By Hlatswayo Departure

An Orlando Pirates legend was left reeling after the club announced the shock departure of the former Bafana Bafana captain, Thulani Hlatshwayo, and i

 

An Orlando Pirates legend was left reeling after the club announced the shock departure of the former Bafana Bafana captain, Thulani Hlatshwayo, and insisted that the defender was supposed to succeed Happy Jele.

Hlatshwayo made a dream start at Pirates when he arrived in 2020, winning the MTN8 trophy as captain but a string of indifferent displays marred by repeated catastrophic mistakes saw him relegated to the bench.

The 32-year-old spent the most part of the 2021/22 campaign on the sidelines with only 10 appearances to his name. In his first season, he featured 22 times for Pirates.

“All players make mistakes; Thulani is not immune to making errors,” Tebogo Moloi told the Siya crew.

“Let’s be honest, from U-17 up to Bafana Bafana; you want to tell me that Hlatshwayo turned into a bad player overnight? It is impossible. What are the coaches doing? What is their job? Why are they not fixing those mistakes?

“He was supposed to be tipped to replace Happy Jele, not to go there and compete and try and replace Happy. He was supposed to learn from Happy and then take over. Happy was now on the bench at some point, and at some point, Hlatshwayo took the armband, but he was supposed to get there and learn.

“Happy didn’t just come in and take the armband from the likes of Lucky Lekgwathi. He needed to go through an initiation stage whereby he understands the jersey, culture, and what it means to wear the armband. It is just unfortunate that he wasn’t told to learn from Happy.

“I don’t know the report from the technical team, how they dealt with Hlatshwayo and the errors he made. I can’t say his departure from the club is a mistake or not, but I feel that he is coachable, and those mistakes could have been eradicated from his game. There is something special about him; you don’t just captain Bafana, and from there, nobody from correct your mistakes,” Moloi added.

“Being a coach is like being a school teacher; you correct kids when they get it wrong, you do corrections in class. I don’t know the finer details, but I wish he was given a second chance and the proper tools to wear that jersey and perform,” concluded Moloi.

The Soweto giants have already found Hlatshwayo’s replacement in Golden Arrows centre-back Nkosinathi Sibisi, with Tapelo Xoki also joining Pirates from AmaZulu.

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