‘Orlando Pirates must know they belong to the Caf Champions League – Hlatshwayo
The skipper has revealed that he is far from impressed with what they have achieved in the season which has just ended
Orlando Pirates captain Thulani Hlatshwayo has vowed to help the Premier Soccer League team fight and win a Caf Champions League ticket next season.
Tyson, as Hlatshwayo is known in football circles, claimed that the Bucs did not belong to the Confederation Cup and need to work hard and make sure they join the elite of the Champions League, a place to which he feels he belongs. The Pirates have secured a ticket to the continent’s second tier club competition for next season after again failing to challenge Mamelodi Sundowns for the PSL title.
This year in the continental competition, the Pirates were eliminated by Raja Casablanca.
“A team like the Pirates has to play the Champions League every season, not the Confederation Cup. We must always strive to compete in the bigger scheme of things. In the future, we have to know that we belong to the Champions League, ”Hlatshwayo said. Sowetan Live.
“We will come back to the Confederation Cup, we will give everything and make sure that the next season is the Champions League in which we play.”
Winning the MTN8 trophy, according to the league winner with Bidvest Wits in 2016/17, is not enough for a club of Pirates’ stature. The trophy helped the club end a six-year spell without a single cabinet title.
“Yes, we won the MTN8, but that’s not enough for a club like the Pirates. We had a poor season, to be honest. We have to do more,” added the skipper.
After finishing second in the 2017/18 and 18/19 seasons, Bucs concluded the final campaign in third place, but Hlatshwayo has vowed to fight for the league title next season.
“Our goal for the coming season is to win the league. I can promise that we will fight and compete. We want to make our fans happy by challenging the league title again,” he concluded.
At the individual level, Hlatshwayo – who was named captain in his first Pirates season, has not had a solid season at Bucs as he has rarely featured, especially towards the end of the season, due to numerous errors on the pitch. . He was also snubbed in the friendly against Uganda as Bafana Bafana won the match 3-2.