Pirates products cutting teeth in NFD
Posted: 12 September 2017 Time: 09:30
Orlando Pirates have loaned out a number of players that are making early-season progress in their new surroundings.
Defender Sandile Mthethwa and midfielder Lebogang ‘Ace’ Sentsho have featured in all three games for National First Division outfit Richards Bay FC, with the latter scoring in a KwaZulu-Natal derby with Real Kings.
“It was great scoring the goal in the opening game. We were on the attack and I was joining the box on a late run. The ball came from wide and I was well placed to tap in from close range. Brian Hlongwa couldn’t do anything to stop me,” Sentsho told Pirates' website.
Defender Brian Hlongwa has played all three games for unbeaten Real Kings, who are fifth in the second-tier standings.
“We’ve been working very hard as a defensive unit and while we have conceded, it’s even more important that we have not been beaten yet. We are proud of that. The opening derby versus Richards Bay was exciting, especially since I was playing against Ace. I won’t say much about his lucky goal though,” he joked.
Eethe Khaukanani started Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC's first fixture but has been an unused substitute in the past two matches. He concedes the pace of the NFD takes some getting used to.
“It has been tough going in the NFD, the pace is quicker and the opposition players are strong and experienced. I’m happy that I got to play in the first game but now I need to keep working to stay in the side for the next ones. I’m a hard worker and I’m positive. I look forward to the challenge,” said the MultiChoice Diski Challenge product.
Bucs have also farmed out Bafana Bafana international Tercious Malepe to Premiership side Ajax Cape Town, and he could make his debut against the Sea Robbers at Orlando Stadium tonight (19h30).
“For a young player, it’s important to get game time and I’m looking forward to using this opportunity to work even harder and get into the Ajax team and help them get good results,” said the South Africa U-20 skipper.