Makhaula has signed new deal

Pirates keep faith in Makhaula despite limited appearances

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Orlando Pirates have defied speculation and chosen to back experienced midfielder Makhehlene Makhaula, exercising a clause in his contract to extend his stay at the club until June 2025.

The decision comes despite the 34-year-old’s limited playing time since joining the Buccaneers from AmaZulu in January 2022.

Concerns had swirled around Makhehlene Makhaula’s future due to his infrequent appearances, but Pirates have demonstrably quashed those doubts with the contract extension. This show of faith underscores their belief in the value Makhaula can bring, even if it hasn’t always been directly on the pitch.

While his four DStv Premiership appearances this season might not paint the full picture, Makhaula was a key piece of the MTN8 championship puzzle, contributing to the Pirates’ second trophy under his watch. He’s no stranger to success, having also lifted the Nedbank Cup with the Buccaneers last season and, before that, with Free State Stars in 2017/18.

The midfield at Orlando Stadium remains a fiercely contested battleground, with Thabang Monare, Siphelo Baloni, Miguel Timm, and Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo all vying for starting roles. But Makhaula’s experience and leadership qualities are undeniable assets, and as the Pirates chase future triumphs, his steadying presence could prove invaluable.

Orlando Pirates midfielder Makhehlene Makhaula


Meanwhile, the Buccaneers have quietly secured the signing of Thabiso Lebitso in a swift move that bolsters their attacking options. The 31-year-old winger joins the Buccaneers from Chippa United, adding experience and pace to their squad.

While Pirates have yet to announce the signing officially, reports indicate that Lebitso has put pen to paper, eager to embark on a new chapter with the Soweto giants.

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Lebitso arrives at Orlando Stadium after making 15 appearances for Chippa United this season, contributing one goal to their campaign. His pace and dribbling skills have long been admired, and he is expected to provide Pirates with additional attacking firepower.

The former Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) attacker brings a wealth of experience to the Buccaneers, having previously played for SuperSport United and Ajax Cape Town. His arrival adds depth and competition to Pirates’ wide options, alongside the likes of Dion Hotto and Monnapule Saleng.

The Buccaneers currently sit fifth in the DStv Premiership table, eight points behind log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

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