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Orlando Pirates team vs Mamelodi Sundowns in the 2024 Nedbank Cup final. Image: BackpagePix

Fixture date confirmed: Orlando Pirates vs European giants

It’s happening again. Just like last season, Orlando Pirates are heading out to Spain for preseason ahead of the 2024/25 DStv Premiership.

Orlando Pirates team players

Orlando Pirates team vs Mamelodi Sundowns in the 2024 Nedbank Cup final. Image: BackpagePix

Orlando Pirates are going to face five-time UEFA Europa League champions Sevilla in Spain.


Back in July 2023, the Sea Robbers flew out to Spain to enjoy pre-season. Forward to 2024 and LaLiga giants Sevilla have confirmed they will play against Orlando Pirates on 15 July at the Estadio Jesus Navas.


Former Orlando Pirates winger Aubrey Ngoma seems to have arrived at the end of his football career.

After watching another season come and go without a club, the former AmaTuks, Cape Town City and SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates winger is thinking about calling it a day.

“Aubrey, he’s already planning his next move because he can tell that maybe his playing days are behind him. Let’s be honest, he also didn’t get much game time at SuperSport,” a source close to Ngoma told the Citizen.

“I know he started with his coaching and don’t be surprised to see him join Tuks as a junior coach because his experience will no doubt come in handy. He still has a good relationship with the club having started his career there,” the source concluded on the former Orlando Pirates attacker.


Careers change is very big ways in football. Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Sipho Chaine was a second choice option at Chippa United just over two years ago. Look at him now.

The Sea Robbers have won the last two MTN8 trophies, as well as the last two Nedbank Cup titles. Goalkeeper Chaine was one of the pivotal heroes. Talking about his success at Orlando Pirates, the 27-year-old goalkeeper from Bloemfontein feels that his coach Jose Riveiro has provided him with the essential belief and confidence.

“You need someone that believes in you in every sphere of life. You just need someone to believe in your abilities and for me it happened to be coach José when he came in,” Chaine said via the Citizen.

“I’ve never changed the way I am. I’ve always been the same Sipho that everybody knows and I try as much as I can to improve myself to get better every day in every training session and in games. 

“Football is a very difficult sport and you might face a hundred situations, all of them different and I always try to work and better myself to be the best player that I can be,” the Orlando Pirates goalie added.

“I think from a team perspective, Orlando Pirates is required to be the best that it can be in each and every game or cup final that we play,” he concluded.

“I’m glad we could push each other to strive and be the best that we can be. I think every moment is important. It can be a penalty save or it can be the easiest save.

“As a goalkeeper that’s one position you need to focus for 95 minutes of the game and it can be in extra time or penalties. I try to be as focused as I can in each and every situation I encounter in every game and on the day it turned out to be the penalty (save) and I’m glad I could help the team,” the Orlando Pirates number one concluded.