1 year ago: How Lepasa became a legend

Nedbank Cup

One year ago today, Orlando Pirates striker Zakhele Lepasa was an unknown player until he converted a penalty to help TS Galaxy win the Nedbank Cup by beating Kaizer Chiefs in the final at Moses Mabhida stadium.

On 18 May 2019, Lepasa not only stole the headlines in the newspapers but also ensured Galaxy became the first National First Division side to win a major trophy in South African football.

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The Soweto-born striker came onto the field in the 62nd minute to replace Tshepo Chaine before keeping his nerve to convert a stoppage-time penalty, beating goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma hands down.

Lepasa has since returned to Pirates this season and is still aiming to secure a regular place in the squad with the Mighty Buccaneers.

However, his former development coach Augusto Palacios still believes there is more to come from the 23-year-old.

"I must mention this, not to Orlando Pirates but to all PSL clubs, no young player will reach his full potential if he is not playing," Palacios tells KickOff.com.

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"The only way for the youngsters to show their potential is to play, otherwise they end up disappearing from the game.

"I worked with the boy before. He is a fighter and full of confidence. He showed this during a big game against Kaizer Chiefs in the cup final. He took the penalty. That shows big character.

"I believe he has great potential at Pirates and hopefully he will get his chance."

Lepasa was set to join Chippa United on loan during the past transfer window but the arrival of Josef Zinnbauer changed the Bucs management's decision after the German coach showed belief in the youngster.

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