Bucs newbie explains delayed debut


One of Orlando Pirates’ new signings has explained what has delayed his progress in making an official debut for the club in the PSL.

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Left back Bongani Sam joined the Buccaneers after a fantastic campaign with Bloemfontein Celtic last season, but is yet to feature for the Soweto giants in any of their matches this term. He made an appearance in the Carling Black Label Cup against Kaizer Chiefs in July, but the player has revealed that he joined Pirates with a hamstring injury.

He is now, however, fine and is camp with the national under-23s, ahead of the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Zimbabwe at his home ground Orlando Stadium tonight.

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"I had a problem when I first came.  I came with an injury that I picked up from the COSAFA Cup. I had that problem, but now things are getting into place and everything is okay. I’m 100 percent,” he tells KickOff.com while in camp with the under-23s.

“I only played in the Black Label Cup. After the national team game I am going back to Pirates to work hard and raise my hand to the coaches to say I am now ready to play and help the team go forward

The 22-year-old says he could not turn down the opportunity to join the Buccaneers

“Such opportunities don’t come to anyone, so when it comes you must grab it with both hands. I’ve worked for this opportunity through what I did last season and they recognised my work, so they wanted me in their team. I’m happy to be part of the family,”

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