Njabulo Ngidi
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24 Jul 2014
2:31 pm

Orlando Pirates looking for ‘hungry talent’

Njabulo Ngidi

Orlando Pirates buying policy will change from looking at acquiring ready-made players to finding unknown but hungry talent, the club’s chairman Irvin Khoza revealed.

Orlando Pirates players celebrate their win during the Nedbank Cup final match between Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates at Moses Mabhida Stadium on May 17, 2014 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

It has already shown in the players they have signed for the 2014/15 season where most of them come from the lower leagues except for former Platinum Stars midfielder Issa Sarr. The club promoted Mthokozisi Dube to join Mashale Rantabane, Tebogo Masaole and Itumeleng Tlali who come from lower leagues.

“If you look at the approach from Pirates now, we are no longer going for name brand players,” Khoza said.

“We are going for no-name brands because that’s where you see players bettering the achievement of some of the players because the market doesn’t supply readymade players now. It is a question of taking that big gamble for players who have potential, some players mature early while some players mature late. We are fortunate with Matlaba maturing at this stage, along with his former colleague Andile Jali.

“When we bought Matlaba people said Matlaba who? But in the first game he was the Man-of-the-Match. The national team coach eventually invited him to Bafana Bafana to show the sporting of his talent wasn’t misplaced. It was the same with Happy Jele, coming from the Vodacom League (now ABC Motsepe League). Rooi Mahamutsa, I am surprised that up to today he isn’t a part of Bafana Bafana. He is the most unbelievable defender in the country.”