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PSL and Orlando Pirates chairman Dr Irvin Khoza. Image: @OfficialPSL/Twitter

Orlando Pirates sign new goalkeeper!

Orlando Pirates have completed the signing of a rising football star hailing from Pietermaritzburg.

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PSL and Orlando Pirates chairman Dr Irvin Khoza. Image: @OfficialPSL/Twitter

Orlando Pirates have acquired the services of talented teenage goalkeeper Bayanda Thabethe.

The 19-year-old keeper joins the Buccaneers from Kwa-Zulu Natal ABC Motsepe League side Midlands Academy.

Thabethe is expected to first link up with the Buccaneers’ DStv Diski Challenge side.

Thabethe was a key figure in Midlands Academy’s under-17 side that won the 2022 Engen Knockout Challenge.

The Buccaneers currently have Sipho Chaine, Melusi Buthelezi, Richard Ofori and Siyabonga Mpontshane on their books.

Waiting in the winds at Orlando Pirates is also Siyabonga Dladla who’s expected to make the jump from the reserve team to the first team in the near future.

Orlando Pirates sign 19-year-old goalkeeper

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In other news, Orlando Pirates star Relebohile Mofokeng’s rise to football stardom has been simply incredible.

Just 14 months ago, the teenager was yet to make his senior debut for the club.

Mofokeng was promoted to the Buccaneers first team at the beginning of last year. Since making his debut in March 2023, Mofokeng has already made 40 appearances for the club!

The Orlando Pirates starlet has already scored six goals while assisting seven more for the club.

Bucs offer rising star bumper new contract

Mofokeng’s form means he’ll receive a new and improved contract in Mayfair!

The 19-year-old who was on a standard first team contract after graduating from the club’s academy will reportedly receive a bumper five-year contract!

“According to the insider, Orlando Pirates have turned their attention to the 19-year-old’s contract with the club,” a Soccer Laduma report read.

“It is understood to see a significant change in it, with better terms tabled by the Buccaneers. Not only are the Buccaneers understood to be tying down the Vaal-born star, but they also want to reward the player for his efforts this campaign.

“Whispers of a new five-year contract has also been doing the rounds, though talks are believed to be underway.”