Siyabonga Sangweni urges Orlando Pirates not to make Thulani Hlatshwayo captain too soon

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On Tuesday the Sea Robbers unveiled ex-Bidvest Wits duo Thulani Hlatshwayo and Namibian midfielder Deon Hotto as their new signings, deals that were done in June following the sale of The Clever Boys' top-flight status to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila.

While Hlatshwayo served as a captain at both Wits and Bafana Bafana, former Pirates skipper Siyabonga Sangweni claims captaining the Soweto giants is a different kettle of fish compared to Wits and the national team.

"Yes, they can say that he hasn't lifted any cup as a captain, but we need to be careful not to kill the rhythm of the team by handing over the armband to a newcomer. He must start by learning first how things are done here at home.

"It's not like I'm against Hlatshwayo, I don't have a problem with him, he is a good leader. But he must first see how things are done here.

"He should only be handed the armband if Jele is not playing. Like in my case I would only wear it if [Lucky] Lekgwathi was not playing. Yes, he plays in the national team but Pirates is a big team here in South Africa.

"So let's not compare two different things. Actually, you don't need to wear the belt to be a leader. I like Hlatshwayo but they mustn't rush putting him in shoes that are too heavy for him.

"Leading Pirates is very tough, it's not like at the other teams. The Pirates badge alone is heavy. Yes, I've always wanted to see him at Pirates. He also knows it's been always my wish to see him at Pirates."

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