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Hlatshwayo – “We do it for the fans”

As the Clever Boys go into the 2017/18 season, we caught up with Thulani Hlatshwayo, captain for Bidvest Wits and newly appointed captain for Bafana Bafana, to discuss his goals for the season.

For Hlatshwayo, the 2016/17 season was the first time he tasted the glory of the podium and he is determined that it be more than a one-time deal.

“Every player is looking forward to the game against Golden Arrows. Pre-season was tough mentally and physically, but this means the team is sharp and ready for the season. What we need to do is start defending the title from the very first match. I think that is the whole teams mindset, to go onto the pitch and play the best game of football we can,” said Hlatshwayo.

The Clever Boys have a robust and committed fanbase and this will remain at the core of football at Bidvest Wits this season. “I think we need to keep doing what we have done, we cannot get caught up in the noise of having won the league last season. We need to continue playing hard for our fans, and show them that we are still the right team to support. That’s really why we do it – we play every match for the fans,” said Hlatshwayo.

The Clever Boys are determined to bring home gold again this season – starting with the mindset when they step onto the field, ending with the cheer of the fans at the end of the game.