Hlatshwayo feels the media twisted his words when he said he wouldn’t want to retire without playing in a Soweto Derby
Thulani Hlatshwayo has revealed that his comments about wanting to play in a Soweto Derby and supporting Orlando Pirates didn’t mean he wanted to leave Bidvest Wits.
The Soweto-born defender has been a long-time target of the Buccaneers even before he joined Students.
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Having signed a new two-year deal in February, it remains to be seen what the future holds for the 27-year-old South Africa international.
“As the captain I should lead by example. I know how your words can be twisted. For example, when I said that I grew up supporting Orlando Pirates and that I wouldn’t want to retire without playing in a Soweto Derby, people interpreted that as me saying I want to go to Pirates,” Hlatshwayo told The Star.
“But that wasn’t the case. I’m happy at Wits and I have a contract here. That episode taught me that I have to watch what I say and post because of how easily simple statements get blown out of proportion. I have come to accept not to take these comments to heart, but it hurts a lot,” Hlatshwayo said.