I have nothing to prove to Orlando Pirates, says new AmaZulu signing Sikhakhane

The KwaZulu-Natal-born player is optimistic that he will make his mark at the Soweto Giants after his loan spell with Usuthu

New AmaZulu defender Thembela Sikhakhane has reflected on his first season with Orlando Pirates.

The right-back failed to leave up to expectations after joining the Buccaneers on a long-term deal from Lamontville Golden Arrows prior to the 2016/17 campaign.

Sikhakhane, who made 14 appearances in all competitions for Bucs, has since been shipped out to Usuthu on a season-long loan deal.

"I was not happy with my first season at Pirates because we achieved nothing. I am positive that I will be a better player when I go back there [next season]," Sikhakhane told The Sowetan

"I love the club and they will always be in my heart. Playing for Pirates was a dream come true because when I was young I wished for that opportunity," he said.

Sikhakhane, 24, revealed what he aims to achieve with AmaZulu and also discussed facing his former side, Arrows, in the KwaZulu-Natal Derby.

"I am excited to be back in KZN. I am sure it will show in my game that I am home now. As far as I am eager to help my new club," Sikhakhane continued.

"I have nothing to prove to Pirates because they have contributed positively in my life. I am thankful to them," he added.

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"I am not involved in the rivalry. I just accepted this opportunity because I want to play football," he stressed.

"I cannot say if I would have preferred Arrows or not, but I am happy that I will be playing again. I want to help AmaZulu finish inside the top eight,'' Sikhakhane concluded.


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