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Former Orlando Pirates superstar Mbulelo Mabizela. Image: @FootballStage / Twitter

Orlando Pirates’ former player Mbulelo Mabizela gets coaching job

What a player, but his fall was just as remarkably terrible. Former Orlando Pirates star Mbulelo Mabizela is now a coach.

Orlando Pirates

Former Orlando Pirates superstar Mbulelo Mabizela. Image: @FootballStage / Twitter

It’s impossible to find an Orlando Pirates fan who was not endeared to Mbulelo ‘Old John’ Mabizela. Will he be loved as a coach?


According to fresh reports, a club named Talitha Soccer Academy, from Boksburg, has appointed the Pietermaritzburg-born legend as their new coach.

While the division in which the Talitha will compete is yet to be confirmed, Mabizela will oversee the academy and first-team football.

“Former Bafana Bafana captain Mbulelo ‘OJ’ Mabizela has been appointed as the new head coach of Talitha Soccer Academy,” iDiskiTimes reported. 

“Chairman Mr Kwezi Nyathi secured the highly experienced former Bafana defender earlier this week and iDiski Times can confirm he arrived at their training ground on Thursday morning,” the report added.


Staying with Orlando Pirates’ former players, Brighton Mhlongo has told his story about heavy alcohol drinking while he was still playing for the Soweto giants.

We’ve heard so many unconfirmed reports. This former Bucs goalkeeper has now revealed alcohol drinking in the PSL is real.

During a candid chat on the MacG podcast last week, Brighton Mhlongo said he and his former teammates seriously hit the bottle. Mhlongo said that part of the motivation to drink is caused by the stresses that come with living as a professional footballer.

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He said that many of the drinking binges occur after matches, especially if the result has been severely disappointing.

The 31-year-old from Soweto added to say he would often go to training half-drunk after a sleepless night.

“With us, once or twice you would go to training sloshed,” Mhlongo, whose eye injury forced him to retire young, said on the MacG podcast.

“I remember I would come out of Kong and would hear hooters [of early morning traffic]… eish training… we’re training at 09:00. It’s 08:00 and ngiyaphuma eKong. 

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“I live in Ruimsig. Training is in Turffontein. There is no way I am going to Ruimsig. I shoot straight to training,” the prematurely retired star added.

“Get there, cold shower… hayi si right ntwana. Anjani amahlelo wami?” You would be surprised. I am not saying it is the right thing, but when you know angilalanga, that is when you push the most.

“Everyone knows that you were out and you’re drunk, so you need to put in the work.”

“It was week in, week out, yilala vuka. I would wake up looking at the ceiling and think ‘hey this is not my place.” Read the full story here.

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