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.”