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What sets Orlando Pirates’ Baloni apart from the rest 

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Orlando Pirates’ new signing Sephelo Baloni has explained in detail what makes him different from the other midfielders in South Africa.

Sephelo Baloni was speaking for the first time since joining Pirates from the now-defunct Motsepe Foundation Championship side All Stars. 

The 23-year-old had a good season in the second-tier league, featuring in 25 games, including in the Nedbank Cup, where he impressed against Orlando Pirates.

He provided three assists in the league while putting in several impressive performances to attract interest from Pirates. 

Baloni believes his versatility, as he can play as a left winger, attacking midfielder, or central midfielder, separates him from the rest of the midfielders in the PSL. In addition, the attacker said that his personality and the fact that he is a team player make him different.

Sephelo Baloyi at the gym busy training for Orlando Pirates match.


“When you are a player, and you know what you want. Your mindset is bound to be different from that of other players,” said Baloni. “Everything that you do on the field will be different, and the people watching will notice. 

“Nowadays, there are many talented players, but unfortunately talent alone is not enough. One has to do more. I know what my roles are as a midfielder, but I do not end there, I stretch myself. 

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“Even my former coach told me that he did not give me the responsibility of being a vice-captain without reason. He gave it to me because of my strong personality. He told me that my personality is not the same as that of other people. 

Baloni added: “Even when I am on the bench, I am not envious of other players, I encourage those who are playing because I understand my role as a team-mate that it’s not only about me and my needs but more about the team objectives. I think these are some of the things that make me different.”

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