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Happy Jele of Orlando Pirates. Image: Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

Four unbreakeable Orlando Pirates’ records

Take a look at the club records at Orlando Pirates Football Club that don’t look like they will ever be broken, at least not anytime soon.

Orlando Pirates Jele

Happy Jele of Orlando Pirates. Image: Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

Orlando Pirates are undoubtedly a club steeped in history with a proud and rich tradition of success and excellence.

The Sea Robbers have enjoyed having standout stars in their midst and have also assembled some of the great PSL teams.

Orlando Pirates, have a long history of success, having won the National Professional Soccer League title in 1971, 1973, 1975, and 1976, the National Soccer League title in 1994, and the Premier Soccer League title four times in 2001, 2003, 2011, and 2012. 

Their 2010/2011 season as dubbed ‘the Happy Season’ as they swept to four titles claiming the league, Nedbank Cup, MTN 8 and Telkom Knockout in the same campaign.

Four Orlando Pirates club records that won’t be broken any time soon

Some records are unlikely to be broken simply because the structure of the domestic campaign has changed a lot.

Others aren’t in danger because of changes to how the team actually operates.

Most PSL goals for Orlando Pirates

Bucs aren’t exactly banging them in at a rate of knots and they don’t have a natural goalscorer in their midst right now.

As things stand the official club record is held by Benedict Vilakazi, who has a total of 52 PSL goals to his name.

Between 1999 and 2007, Vilakazi was in great form for Pirates scoring a total of 58 goals in 170 matches. His career was rocked by scandals though, and after leaving Pirates he wouldn’t regain the same top form.

The chances of this record being broken were seriosuly dminished when Pirates sold their current leading-scorer, Thembinkosi Lorch, to Sundowns.

Kermit Erasmus (26) and Vincent Pule (23) have the most league goals in the squad at the time of writing.

Most goals in a season

There isn’t really a reason that this record should be out of reach other than Pirates’ struggle to find goal-scorers.

Dennis Lota set the mark of 23 goals in a season back in the 1999/2000 campaign.

Lota tragically passed away in 2014 at the age of just 40 after contracting malaria.

As things stand at time of writing, Zakhele Lepasa’s 10 goals this campaign leads the way for Pirates in 2023/2024.

Most appearances

Happy Jele holds the current appearance record for Orlando Pirates having just cracked 400 before he daparted the club.

Innocent Maela currently ranks as the player in the squad with the most Pirates’ appearances to his name with 184.

Lucky Lekgwathi had been the leader in appearances before he was surpassed by Jele.

Barring an unexpected return to Mayfair for Jele this record looks safe for some time.

Most international caps while at Orlando Pirates

The legendary Teko Modise earned 58 of his 66 Bafana Bafana caps while at Orlando Pirates.

That cap record doesn’t appear to be in any great danger although we might see it go abroad.

Namibia’s Deon Hotto could be a player that still earns a number of international caps while he is at Pirates.

The likes of Patrick Maswanganyi and Monnapule Saleng could still play a lot of matches for Bafana but it remains to be seen how long the talents remain at Mayfair.