Mamelodi Sundowns star Andile Jali adores Orlando Pirates’ Nbabayithethwa Ndlondlo. Don’t we all? Image: @SoccerLaduma / Twitter.

Pirates fan-favourite: ‘I got a call from the chairman’

How Orlando Pirates fans have fallen so in love with Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo. It all started with a phone call with Irvin Khoza.


Mamelodi Sundowns star Andile Jali adores Orlando Pirates’ Nbabayithethwa Ndlondlo. Don’t we all? Image: @SoccerLaduma / Twitter.

There’s no question, Orlando Pirates have one of the most exciting midfield players in Mzansi, his name is Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo. Even Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns fans adore the little jersey number 15.

So how did the move come to be?

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As The South African website reported on the final hours of transfer deadline day on 22 September, the Sea Robbers signed a nippy dynamite from Marumo Gallants.

The 27-year-old from Thokoza immediately looked like he was born and made to be a Pirates player and like it was a match made in heaven.

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Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo of Orlando Pirates during the 2022 MTN8 Semifinal at the Orlando Stadium, Soweto on the 01 October 2022 Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix.

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Looking back at how the business was sealed, Ndlondlo confirmed that a call from the great Khoza changed his life.

“I got a call from the chairman, he said he wants to bring me to the team, and then I said it’s fine I don’t have a problem with that,” Ndlondlo told ThisIsFootball.Africa.

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“I kindly said, we need to engage with Marumo Gallants and speak to them, fortunately, they agreed on terms and that’s how I moved.

“Everything went smoothly because they spoke and reached an agreement. It also came to me as a surprise, but I was privileged to get a call from the chairman.

“As like you are saying that it’s not anyone who gets to speak to him at any given time, it was an honour for me to be called by him,” Ndlondlo added.

“I didn’t even know it was him, and when I realised who am I speaking to, I was like wow, it’s chairman. So, I said to myself, okay now it’s the time where I have to move, since it is the chairman that called me.

“It was a life-changing call because since from then I got to play for a big club in the continent, so it’s a great one for me, I could not refuse playing for Pirates especially when you get a call from Dr. Khoza. 

“Also playing for Pirates, you get to be exposed to continental football and Bafana,” the former Izinyoka and AmaZulu player concluded.

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