Jomo: Khoza decides on Bucs' jersey 10


Orlando Pirates legend Jomo Sono says it's up to club chairman Irvin Khoza if he wants to bring back the jersey number 10 at the Buccaneers.

Pirates retired the number 10 jersey many years ago after Khoza announced that it will take another special player to wear it again.

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Dribbling wizard Steve Lekoelea was the only player to be handed the famous jersey at Pirates since Sono after he signed for Pirates from Moroka Swallows as a teenager.

However, he was later stripped of the privilege due to off-field problems. Lekoelea later went on to play for Maritzburg United in KwaZulu-Natal.

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'Mjomane' remains the longest-serving player to wear jersey number 10 at Pirates after served the club with aplomb during the 70s and 80s.

"It's up to them [Orlando Pirates] to decide. It's up to the chairman Dr Khoza to decide. They did it when honouring me. I don't have a say," Sono tells

Famous music artists DJ Maphorisa and Kabza the Small have made tracks about Thembinkosi Lorch wearing number 10 even though the Bafana Bafana midfielder wears number three at Pirates.

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Sono has thrown a big challenge to the current generation of Orlando Pirates to see if they can emulate his success at the club and don the jersey number 10.

"I don't know. I can't judge. But remember, a player to wear that jersey must be consistent. It was not a once-off thing," he warns.

"Mhango is scoring goals this season. Is he going to maintain the same performance and score goals again next season? That's a big question.

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"For me it was 13 years of consistent performance. I don't know if the current players can do that. Remember, I started playing for Pirates when I was very young.

"I still hold the record of being the youngest player ever to play professional football [in South Africa]. I was 15 years old. The current players are 26, 27 years. It's a tall order."

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