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Sikhakhane hopeful of Pirates return

Thembela Sikhakhane is eager to return to Orlando Pirates after three seasons on loan with AmaZulu.

The 27-year-old has been an important member of the Usuthu squad, making a total of 46 appearances in the Premier Soccer League.

He was one of five players suspended by the club for a reported 'negative attitude' earlier this season but returned to help AmaZulu defeat Kaizer Chiefs ahead of the enforced break - as a result of the coronavirus.

Sikhakhane joined Bucs in 2017 from Golden Arrows but was unable to force his way into the side.

Speaking to Far Post, Sikhakhane says he hopes to open talks about a potential return once football has returned to normal.

He said: "I’d like to have a permanent home now.

"But it will all depend on our discussions with the big man [Pirates boss Irvin Khoza]."

Sikhakhane added: "I can’t say I want to be released or go back to Pirates. I’m waiting for the end of the season then I will negotiate with the chairman.

"As players were all ready to save the team. The Coronavirus break really affected us because the spirit was high in the team after beating Kaizer Chiefs.

"We wanted to continue from there. But we will survive relegation. We will work extra hard when we come back."