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Bucs and Bafana man Monnapule Saleng. Photo: @orlandopirates / twitter

The real reasons for Orlando Pirates star Saleng’s fall from grace

Orlando Pirates superstar Monnapule Saleng doesn’t seem to be himself this season. What’s happening?

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Bucs and Bafana man Monnapule Saleng. Photo: @orlandopirates / twitter

Monnapule Saleng lit up the PSL last season for Orlando Pirates but the Bafana Bafana superstar has struggled to reach those heights in 2023-24. Why is that so?

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What’s going on with Monnapule Saleng?

Difficult to keep such high standards

25-year-old Salenf was named the PSL Players’ Player of the Season and MTN8 Last Man Standing awards last term. Unsurprising, given that he notched 15 goals and 10 assists across all competitions. He was the only man in South Africa to bag double figures for both. How can a player realistically be expected to replicate that?

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Saleng is a wanted man. ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Attention from abroad

Ligue 1 giants Monaco have reportedly expressed their interest in Saleng, as have Danish side Odense. That sort of fanfare is bound to distract any player and the Pirates man is no different. Has his head been turned?

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Time for Orlando Pirates to cash in on Saleng?

If the Buccaneers board can reel in an offer over €3m (over R60 million), maybe now is the best time to sell. His value will never be higher than it is now, and those funds could be reinvested smartly in local talent. Maybe they could squeeze even more out of wealthy European clubs if there was a bidding war.

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Orlando Pirates fans are expectant on Soweto Derby Day. Image: BackpagePix

Bucs fans, what do you think the club’s next move should be regarding superstar Saleng?

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