The hard work starts now – New Pirates signing Sibisi

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Nkosinathi Sibisi of Golden Arrows during the DStv Premiership 2021/22 match between Golden Arrows and Stellenbosch at Princess Magogo Stadium, Durban on 06 April 2022 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
  • Post published:June 14, 2022

Newly signed Orlando Pirates defender Nkosinathi Sibisi says he is not concerned about the competition for places in the Pirates defence, adding that it’s all about his hard work and not other people.

The Sea Robbers confirmed the double signing of Sibisi and Tapelo Xoki from Golden Arrows and AmaZulu on Monday morning as they begin to assemble their squad ahead of the new campaign.

The incoming duo will compete with the likes of Olisa Ndah, Happy Jele, Ntsikelelo Nyauza and Kwanda Mngonyama in the heart of the defence, but 26-year-old Sibisi is not concerned by this competition as he backs himself to grow with the move to the Soweto giants.

“Competition will always be there, even at Arrows there was competition. I was fighting for a place with Matome Mathiane and Thabani Zuke, so it would not be the first time,” Sibisi told the Sowetan on Monday.

“But it is up to you as a player how badly you want to play. I’m not concerned about it; when you are a professional player you must always be ready for competition wherever you go.

“Competition always helps you to up your game. So, it is not something which gives me any sleepless nights.

“The move will help me grow my career, everyone at home supports Pirates and I grew up supporting the club,” he said.

“I will do my best and do a job which many know me for and the one that got me signed here. Other things will follow. So, it is not about other people, but continuing working hard as a team and the glory days will return at the Buccaneers.

“Everyone is excited about the move. I’m happy to have joined this team, and as a player you also want to progress. I would like to thank Golden Arrows. They know they will always be in my heart for giving me a chance to show my talent.

“But the hard work starts now; as you have said there is a lot of competition, so I need to push and work hard to get my chance.”