Thulani Hlatshwayo

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Thulani Hlatshwayo
Personal information
Full name Thulani Tyson Hlatshwayo
Date of birth (1989-12-18) 18 December 1989 (age 34)
Place of birth Soweto, South Africa
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) [1] [2]
Position(s) Centre back
Team information
Current team
Supersport United
Number 14
Youth career
Senaoane Gunners FC
2005–2009 Ajax Cape Town
Senior career*
2009–2014 Ajax Cape Town 96 (2)
2014–2020 Bidvest Wits 140 (18)
2020–2022 Orlando Pirates 27 (1)
2022- Supersport United 19 (0)
International career
2005–2007 South Africa U17 3 (0)
2007–2009 South Africa U20 7 (0)
2009–2012 South Africa U23 3 (0)
2013– South Africa 54 (4)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 18 April 2023
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 18 April 2023

Thulani Tyson Hlatshwayo (born 18 December 1989) is a South African professional soccer player who plays as a defender for Supersport United.



Ajax Cape Town

Hlatshwayo was born in Soweto, Gauteng. He made his professional debut for Ajax on 5 August 2009 in a 2–1 win against Orlando Pirates, in a quarter-final match of the 2009 MTN 8 tournament at the Coca Cola Park in Johannesburg. He was promoted from the club's youth academy ranks after years of good showing for both the club and the country's national youth teams. [ citation needed ]

Bidvest Wits

In the early months of 2014 it was announced that 'Tyson' as he is efficiently known has signed a pre-contract with Bidvest Wits. By doing so Hlatshwayo ended speculations that he was heading to Orlando Pirates. He joined the Johannesburg-based club in June. He has since been a force to be reckoned alongside another former Ajax CT player in Thato Mokeke. He started in Bidvest's opening league game against SuperSport United. [3]

International career

Youth teams

Hlatswayo has played for both the South Africa national under-17 and under-20 teams. He was also a member of the South African U-20 team that played in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which lost to Ghana in a 2–1 defeat, losing to the eventual champions in the Round of 16 of the tournament. [4]

Senior team

Hlatswayo was included in South Africa's squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and scored an own goal in the team's opening match as they lost 3–1 to Algeria. [5] On 13 October 2018, he was one of South Africa's goalscorers as the nation recorded its largest ever victory with a 6–0 win over Seychelles in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. [6]

Career statistics


As of matches played on 12 July 2019 [2]
South Africa national team

International goals

Scores and results list South Africa's goal tally first. [2]
1.14 January 2015 Stade Omar Bongo, Libreville Flag of Mali.svg  Mali 1–03–0 Friendly
2.25 March 2015 Somhlolo National Stadium, Lobamba Flag of Eswatini.svg  Swaziland 1–03–1Friendly
[lower-alpha 1] 12 November 2016 Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane, South AfricaFlag of Senegal.svg  Senegal 1–02–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
3.13 October 2018 FNB Stadium, Johannesburg Flag of Seychelles.svg  Seychelles 2–06–0 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification



Ajax Cape Town

Bidvest Wits F.C

Premier Soccer League

° 2016/2017


° 2016

Telkom knockout


Orlando Pirates F.C


° 2020


  1. On 6 September 2017, the Emergency Bureau for the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers annulled the result of the match between Senegal and South Africa from 12 November 2016 and ordered that it be replayed. Originally South Africa had defeated Senegal 2–1. Match referee Joseph Lamptey was banned for life by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee on 20 March 2017 for "unlawfully influencing" the match after issuing a penalty for handball against Senegal. [7]

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