Orlando Pirates and Thulani Hlatshwayo are now history after the two parties amicably parted ways on Friday morning.
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Hlatshwayo spent the last two seasons with Pirates, and while the expectarions were high when he first joined, things didn’t go according to plan.
The 32-year-old had a love-hate relationship with the majority of Pirates fans, especially in his first season as he struggled to adapt to life at Mayfair.
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His second season saw him spend the better part of the season kicking his heels either on the bench or out in the stands as he appeared to have fallen out favour with the Pirates technical team.
Hlatshwayo featured just 13 times across all competitions for Pirates this past season, including seven starts in the 10 league matches he played.
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And that’s way low given that Pirates played a whopping 48 games this past season due to their CAF Confederation Cup commitments.
Olisa Ndah’s arrival at the start of the previous campaign coupled with Happy Jele and Ntsikelelo Nyauza solid displays were some of the factors that contributed to Hlatshwayo’s limited game time.
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Now, according to Hlatshwayo, his lack of game time is the main reason he approached the Pirates management and asked for his release.
Tyson, as Hlatshwayo is affectionately known, still had a year left on his contract with Pirates but he felt his chances of playing regularly were minimal.
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Overall, Hlatshwayo leaves Pirates having made 51 appearances across all competitions with a single goal under his belt.
WHY THULANI HLATSHWAYO LEFT ORLANDO PIRATES
“When I came here, I said I wanted a trophy, and we were able to deliver on that mandate. Unfortunately, the second season didn’t work out the way I wanted it to, and this is what has informed my decision to request the Club to grant me my wish of leaving because I still have a lot to give and a lot to offer in the field of play. This is something that I shared with Management.”
“We had some positive talks (with Management) but with everything taken into careful consideration I have decided it’s the right time for me to leave the Club,” added Hlatshwayo.