Orlando Pirates Sundowns Andile Jali

Former Orlando Pirates star Andile Jali. Image: @Phakaaathi / Twitter

Top-quality players: Orlando Pirates’ best XI who left since 2010

Orlando Pirates fans know all about the frustration of quality players leaving every season. Here’s a list of the best XI since 2010.

Orlando Pirates Sundowns Andile Jali

Former Orlando Pirates star Andile Jali. Image: @Phakaaathi / Twitter

Orlando Pirates supporters have learned to cross their fingers come the end of every season. The club consistently parts ways with some rather quality players.


Look everywhere around the world, clubs do everything in their power to keep generational talent in their books beyond their playing years.

Locally in the PSL, just look at Doctor Khumalo, Donald Khuse, and Itumeleng Khune at Kaizer Chiefs, as well as Surprise Moriri and Themba Zwane at Mamelodi Sundowns.

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But this is not exactly the case at Pirates.

Teko Modise left in 2011, Daine Klate departed in 2015, and left for Moeneeb Josephs in 2015.

Though Jali, and someone like Kermit Erasmus, left for once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to play in Europe, both players bizarrely returned to Mzansi to join other clubs rather than Pirates.

Surely there were opportunities to re-sign them but only the Pirates management knows why Jali and Erasmus went to Cape Town City and Mamelodi Sundowns respectively.

We saw the same movie with the likes of Mbulelo Mabizela and Benedict Vilakazi

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Anyways, below is the best 11 of players who left Orlando Pirates for Europe or other PSL clubs (which is the large majority). 

The list has so much quality we included a bench with 10 players. 

  1. Goalkeeper: Moeneeb Josephs, joined Wits in 2015
  2. Right back: Thembela Sikhakhane, left for AmaZulu in 2020
  3. Central defender: Edwin Gyimah, left for Helsingborg in 2017
  4. Central defender: Benson Mhlongo, went to Platinum Star in 2012
  5. Left back: Thabo Matlaba, joined  Black Leopards in 2019
  6. Central midfielder: Andile Jali left for Oostende in 2014
  7. Central midfielder: Oupa Manyisa for Sundowns in 2017
  8. Central midfielder: Teko Modise, joined Sundowns in 2011
  9. Right attacker: Daine Klate, signed for Bidvest Wits in 2015
  10. Left attacker: Luvuyo Memela went to AmaZulu in 2020
  11. Striker: Kermit Erasmus  left for Stade Reims in 2016.


Mthokozisi Dube – Golden Arrows (loan) – 2021

Thabiso Kutumela – Martizburg United – 2019

Abbubaker Mobara – Cape Town City – 2019

Justin Shonga – TTM – 2020

Xola Mlambo – AmaZulu – 2020

Augustine Mulenga – AmaZulu – 2020

Thamsanqa Gabuza- SuperSport – 2019

Thabo Qalinge – SuperSport – 2019

Thabo Rakhale – Chippa – 2018

Justice Chabalala – Sekhukhune (loan) – 2020.

So are we being too critical of Pirates or just stating relevant facts? Will the club’s management continue the trend at the end of this season? It’s most likely.

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