Absa Premiership

Sangweni declares his love for Pirates

Siyabonga Sangweni (Gall0 Images)
Siyabonga Sangweni (Gall0 Images)

Cape Town - Newly retired Orlando Pirates defender Siyabonga Sangweni says that he will always and forever be a Buccaneer.

Sport24 reported that Sangweni announced his retirement from football with immediate effect due to reoccurring injuries.

According to the club’s official Twitter account, the 34-year-old says he will continue to support the club and offered advice to up-and-coming players as well as future stars of the club.  

"I'd like to thank the Lord for giving me the ability to play and also for granting me all I've asked in my career,” said Sangweni.

"I want to thank my team, those that found me here & those I met. Thank you for respecting & working with me.

"I'd like the players to look to Thabo Matlaba, & follow in how he commits to the game. He gives everything on the pitch.

"To the youngsters, always remember that when you come here you have come to work. Not to mess around. Listen, learn, apply.

"Don't listen to negative criticism, & always remember to be ready for the chance when you are called upon.

"I will remain a Buccaneer, Once & Always."

Meanwhile, club captain Thabo Matblaba added that Sangweni has always been a “soldier”.

"On behalf of the players, we wish Siya well. He has been a good soldier, we love him, we'll miss him, we'll never forget him."