Orlando Pirates midfielder Miguel Timm has been a revelation for the club since he was signed from Marumo Gallants and it appears his tears of joy after lifting the MTN8 trophy has a deep story behind it.
Timm was visibly emotional after lifting the MTN8 Cup following Pirates' win over AmaZulu in the final, where he was named the official Man of the Match.
The former Gallants midfielder revealed afterwards that his wife told him that it was the first time she had seen him cry.
Soccer Laduma has since gathered the story behind the emotions.
As exclusively reported in edition 1300 of the newspaper, Timm was on the verge of joining Sekhukhune United after a standout performance for Bahlabane Ba Ntwa against Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup final last season.
However, Pirates came in at the last minute and hijacked the deal! Timm's agent, Basia Michaels of QT Sport was candid with the Siya crew on how the deal to sign with the Sea Robbers came about after her client eventually put pen to paper on a three-year contract.
Michaels revealed she believed that the 30-year had proven himself in the DStv Premiership and needed a break with a big team.
"I believe Miguel needed the opportunity and that is what we do as agents, we create those opportunities alongside the people we know," Michaels said.
"I think he has had a very good career in South Africa - it just needed to be enhanced a little bit more."
There were reports that Chiefs were one of the teams Timm was offered to but they scoffed at the opportunity and perhaps that explains the 30-year old's emotional speech after Pirates were crowned MTN8 champions.
"People doubted me when I joined Pirates," Timm said.
"I don't pay too much attention to what people are saying but I did hear those things here and there.
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"But it's okay, everyone is entitled to their opinion," he said in part.
Before Pirates swooped in at the last minute, Timm was seemingly earmarked to replace Yusuf Maart, who was destined to move to Chiefs, at Sekhukhune.
However, the Buccaneers development product had a life-changing move and has now, instead of filling the shoes of Maart, become his rival, not only at club level but in Bafana Bafana as well.
Timm was called up in the recent national team squad for friendly matches against Mozambique, where he was in the starting line-up ahead of Amakhosi's Njabulo Blom and Angola, with Maart, who was a regular at Bafana while at Babina Noko, dropped.
"I do see that he is a surprise package for most people, but I am very proud of the fact I believed in him and (Pirates) management saw exactly what I saw," Michaels continued.
"This was a meeting of the minds in terms making it work out," she concluded.
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