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Orlando Pirates’ Shandu: Private education and other things to know about him

It’s clear, Bandile Shandu is one of Orlando Pirates’ Player of the Season contenders. Now a Bafana Bafana star, let’s get to know him a bit more…

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There’s a new fan-favourite at Orlando Pirates, his name is Bandile Shandu and he has been a truly goal-scoring right-back. 


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This man has been marvelous. Completing over 30 appearances in your first season at Bucs, by March, is not an accolade many men have achieved.

There is something else that is special besides his 31 appearances for Orlando Pirates though. The ever-smiling 27-year-old has astonished everyone with seven goals and two assists from right-back and right-midfield.

From his 31 games this term, Shandu has played 16 games at right-back, nine in right-midfield, while he has played one match each in either wing.

With at least two more months of football left for this season, just how many more goals can Shandu still deliver? Nobody can really tell.

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While we continue to enjoy Shandu’s football in the coming weeks and months, we thought to share five facts you may not know about him.

  1. Shandu was born in Pietermaritzburg in the year 1995, which makes him 27
  2. The biggest day of his career took place in 2012 when he made Maritzburg United’s matchday squad at the age of 17 years
  3. Shandu made his official professional debut for Maritzburg United when he was 18 years old against AmaZulu in February 2013
  4. He attended the famous boy’s school Maritzburg College in his hometown
  5. Like most Mzansi footballers, Shandu has an imaginative nickname: Busy Weekend.

Meanwhile, Shandu is currently in Europe on Bafana Bafana duty. Hugo Broos’ side will compete in two friendly games against Guinea on Friday and France next Tuesday.

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