Thulani Tyson Hlatshwayo

Thulani Tyson Hlatshwayo Biography

Thulani Tyson Hlatshwayo, born on 18 December 1989, is a professional soccer player from South Africa. He plays as a defender for Supersport United and the South African national team, Bafana Bafana.

Club Career

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, during a quarter-final match of the 2009 MTN 8 tournament at the Coca Cola Park in Johannesburg. After years of impressive performances for both the club and the country’s national youth teams, he was promoted from the club’s youth academy ranks.

Bidvest Wits

In early 2014, it was announced that ‘Tyson’, as he is popularly known, had signed a pre-contract with Bidvest Wits. This ended speculations that he was heading to Orlando Pirates. He joined the Johannesburg-based club in June and has since been a force to be reckoned with, alongside another former Ajax CT player, Thato Mokeke. He started in Bidvest’s opening league game against SuperSport United.

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. The team lost to Ghana in a 2–1 defeat, losing to the eventual champions in the Round of 16 of the tournament.

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. 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.

Career Statistics

As of matches played on 12 July 2019, Hlatswayo has made 43 appearances for the South Africa national team and scored 3 goals.

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International Goals

Hlatswayo’s international goals are as follows:

  1. 14 January 2015 against Mali (1–0 win)
  2. 25 March 2015 against Swaziland (1–0 win)
  3. 12 November 2016 against Senegal (1–0 win)
  4. 13 October 2018 against Seychelles (2–0 win)



  • Ajax Cape Town: 2009 MTN 8 Finalist, 2010 Telkom Knockout Runners up
  • Bidvest Wits F.C: Premier Soccer League 2016/2017, MTN 8 2016, Telkom knockout 2017
  • Orlando Pirates F.C: MTN 8 2020


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.

By Shamiso Miracle

Shamiso Miracle completed her degree in journalism and media studies at the University of Zimbabwe before honing her skills at Savanna News. She then went on to work at iHarare News, becoming a voice for everyday SA citizens who wanted to share their stories. When she's not writing news that entertains and inspires ,Shamiso is an avid reader and a wellness bunny.

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