Tyson is not for sale, Wits

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - MINENHLE MKHIZE

BIDVEST Wits Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Jose Fer­reira has rub­bished sug­ges­tions that the club could lose the coun­try’s top de­fender Thu­lani “Tyson” Hlatshwayo .

Spec­u­la­tion has been rife that the Bafana Bafana and Wits cap­tain who was rock solid at the heart of de­fence for the Clever Boys last sea­son could join one of the coun­try’s ‘big­ger’ clubs.

But Fer­reira says the man who won the defed­ner of the year gong at the PSL awards is go­ing nowhere.

“Hlatshwayo is Bidvest Wits’ player. He still has a con­tract with us. No club has ever come to me re­gard­ing him,” Fer­reira said.

“I’ve had nu­mer­ous dis­cus­sions with Orlando Pi­rates chair­man Irvin Khoza but he has never said any­thing about Hlatshwayo. “I’ve also had talks with Bobby Mo­taung of Kaizer Chiefs but he has never shown any in­ter­est in Hlatshwayo. “Mamelodi Sun­downs haven’t said any­thing to me about Hlatshwayo. Even if they did show in­ter­est, Hlatshwayo is not for sale.”

Hlatshwayo pro­pelled Wits to Absa Pre­mier­ship glory last sea­son hav­ing also cap­tained the Clever Boys to MTN8 suc­cess.

In­stead it is Jab­u­lani Shongwe who the club is let­ting go.

“Shongwe asked to be re­leased. He is not in our plans. If clubs want to buy him they must come with of­fers. There is in­ter­est but it is not con­crete. Right now I’m not in a po­si­tion to men­tion the name of the clubs that are in­ter­ested in a player,” Fer­reira said, adding that the club had de­cided to al­low Knox Mu­tizwa to join Golden Ar­rows per­ma­nently.

The Zim­bab­wean striker, who starred – he net­ted five goals in six matches – for his coun­try as they won the Cosafa Cup last month, was on loan to the Dur­ban side for the sec­ond half of the sea­son.

At Abafana Bes’thende he had an im­me­di­ate im­pact where he scored five goals in 12 ap­pear­ances.

One of those was the one that earned Ar­rows a spot in the top eight on the sea­son’s fi­nal day against Pi­rates.

“We’ve sold Mu­tizwa to Ar­rows. He is no longer our player,” Fer­ri­era con­firmed.

Mu­tizwa found it dif­fi­cult to break into the Wits start­ing line-up with the likes of Eleazar Rodgers, James Keene and Gabad­inho Mhango be­ing picked ahead of him.

He is happy to be stay­ing at Ar­rows: “They gave me a chance to shine in the Absa Pre­mier­ship. I hope to score more goals than I scored last sea­son. My goal this sea­son is to be a top goal scorer. “

Mu­tizwa will take on his for­mer em­ploy­ers next Friday in the MTN8 quar­ter­fi­nal.

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