Palacios' insight on Bucs starlet


Orlando Pirates head of development Augusto Palacios has provided insight on what to expect from striker Thabiso Monyane in the black and white colours.

The Amajita star was a surprise inclusion when Pirates announced the jersey numbers of all their players for the 2019/20 season.

Monyane has been handed jersey number 34 after being promoted from the development and is part of the Buccaneers squad preparing for the new season, which includes Zakhele Lepasa.

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Palacios believes Monyane has what it takes to follow in the footsteps of Gift Leremi and Lebohang Mokoena, who both enjoyed success at Pirates after rising through the ranks.

"He came here when he was 11 years old. He went through all the development stages at Pirates. He has played for both the under-17 and under-20 national teams and was at the World Cup in Poland," explains Palacios.

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"Due to his involvement in international games, he has the experience of playing in top flight football. He can play both as a winger and striker. He is skilful, quick, fast. He is athletic. He is a well-groomed boy and well supported by his family.

"I believe he has the talent to take his football career to another level. He needs to keep his confidence high and continue to work hard. He played with Lyle Foster and it's also great to see him graduating to the senior team."

Pirates are set to face Bloemfontein Celtic in their first league game of the new season at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Saturday.

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