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Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates
Football Club are a professional football club in South Africa, based in the Houghton suburb of the city of Johannesburg and plays in the top tier system of South African football known as Premier Soccer League. The club was founded in 1937 and was originally based in Orlando, Soweto.[2] They are named 'Pirates' after the 1940 film The Sea Hawk starring Errol Flynn.[3] Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates
are the first club since the inception of the Premier Soccer League
Premier Soccer League
in 1996 to have won three major trophies in a single season back to back, having won the domestic league ABSA Premiership, the FA Cup Nedbank Cup
Nedbank Cup
and the Top 8 Cup MTN 8 during the ABSA Premiership
ABSA Premiership
2010–11 season and domestic league ABSA Premiership, the League Cup Telkom Knockout
Telkom Knockout
and the Top 8 Cup MTN 8 during the ABSA Premiership
ABSA Premiership
2011–12 season.[4] They are one of only two South African teams with Mamelodi Sundowns to win the CAF Champions League, which they won in 1995. They are the runners-up of 2015 CAF Confederation Cup.[5] Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates
remain the only team since the inception of the PSL in 1996 to have been always in the top eight bracket. Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates
drew an average home attendance of 14,533 in the 2016-17 domestic league season. It became the second highest in the league. One their biggest rivalries besides the one with Kaizer Chiefs is the rivalry with Moroka Swallows.


1 History

1.1 Early years 1.2 Since 1971 1.3 The Soweto derby

2 Honours

2.1 Domestic competitions 2.2 International competitions 2.3 Reserve and Friendly

3 Notable former coaches 4 Club records

4.1 Premier Soccer League
Premier Soccer League

5 Club officials/Technical team 6 First team squad

6.1 Foreigners 6.2 Retired numbers

7 Sponsorships 8 References 9 External links

History[edit] Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates
is one of South Africa's oldest football clubs having been established in 1937 in Orlando East, Soweto.[2][6] The club's performances over the years have served as an inspiration for young footballers to strive to play the Beautiful Game at the highest level in the black and white colours of the ‘Buccaneers’. Early years[edit] The founders of Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates
included offspring of migrant workers who moved from rural areas to work in the gold mines of Gauteng. Boys in Orlando came together at every available opportunity in open spaces and in informal groupings to play football. That original club was called the Orlando Boys Club. In 1940, Buthuel Mokgosinyane, the first president, bought the first team kit with his own funds. Orlando Boys participated in Johannesburg Bantu Association's Saturday League, where they won the Division Two title and gained promotion to Division One in 1944.[2] Andrew Bassie, a key member of the team, suggested the new name 'Orlando Pirates'. The team composed the camp's war cry 'Ezimnyama Ngenkani'. Since 1971[edit]

Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates

Over the years, Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates
– also known as ‘The Happy People’ – have accumulated a record of successes having won the National Professional Soccer League title in 1971, 1973, 1975 and 1976, the National Soccer League title in 1994, and the Premier Soccer League title four times, in 2001, 2003, 2011 and 2012. Their first-place finish in the 2010–11 domestic league campaign generated much excitement among the club's vast fan-base. In 2011, Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates
enjoyed tremendous success by winning the 2010–11 Premier Soccer League, The Nedbank Cup, The MTN 8
Cup and The Telkom Knockout. This year was dubbed as "The Happy Year." Many other cup triumphs in domestic football have also been recorded, including Vodacom Challenge title victories in the inaugural 1999 tournament and in 2005. But the African continent and other areas of the football world took notice of Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates
Football Club when they won the African Champions Cup (now known as the Champions League) in 1995 and the African Super Cup
African Super Cup
a year later. Pirates were and still are the only Southern Hemisphere club to have won the African Champions League. This achievement resulted in the club being honoured by the first State President of the new democratic South Africa, Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela
– another first for a South African sporting team. Club chairman, Irvin Khoza, who also served on the 2010 World Cup Bid Committee, must be credited with the club's rise to fame over the past few years as the Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates
supporters – who are nicknamed "The Ghost" – have had much to cheer about. Kaizer Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung and his Jomo Cosmos counterpart Jomo Sono were popular players of the highest calibre for the Buccaneers before starting their own clubs. Their playing history is deeply entrenched in the black and white colours of Orlando Pirates. In 2005, the team, along with Interza Lesego and Ellis Park Stadium Ltd, announced its acquisition of a 51% share in Ellis Park Stadium, making it the first majority black owned stadium in South Africa.[7] The Soweto derby[edit] Main article: Soweto derby The Soweto derby
Soweto derby
between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates
is one of the most fiercely contested derbies in world football. And in contrast to most of the other games played in the Premier Soccer League
Premier Soccer League
in South Africa, matches between the two archrivals attract a full house of supporters almost without fail. Honours[edit] Domestic competitions[edit]

Premier Soccer League

Winners (4): 2000-01, 2002–03, 2010–11, 2011–12

National Soccer League

Winners (1): 1994

National Premier Soccer League

Winners (4): 1971, 1973, 1975, 1976

Nedbank Cup

Winners (8): 1973, 1974, 1975, 1980, 1988, 1996, 2011, 2014

Telkom Knockout

Winners (1): 2011


Winners (9): 1972, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1993, 1996, 2000, 2010, 2011

Castle Challenge

Winners (1): 1992

Sales House Cup

Winners (4): 1972, 1975, 1977, 1983

International competitions[edit]

CAF Champions League

Winners (1): 1995 Runners-up (1): 2013

CAF Super Cup

Winners (1) : 1996

CAF Confederation Cup

Runners-up(1): 2015

Reserve and Friendly[edit]

Carling Black Label
Carling Black Label

Winners (4): 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015

PSL Reserve League

Winners (1): 2007

Vodacom Challenge

Winners (2): 1999, 2005

Notable former coaches[edit]

Viktor Bondarenko Joe Frickleton (1995) Mike Makaab (1995–96) Shaibu Amodu (1996–97) Ted Dumitru (1999–00) Gordon Igesund (2000–01) Jean-Yves Kerjean (2001–02) Roy Barreto (2002–03) Kosta Papić (July 1, 2004 – Nov 17, 2005) Milutin Sredojević (June 13, 2006 – Jan 16, 2007) Bibey Mutombo(The style) (Jan 17, 2007 – Sept 24, 2007) Owen Da Gama
Owen Da Gama
(Sept 27, 2007 – June 30, 2008)

Ruud Krol
Ruud Krol
(July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2011) Júlio César Leal (July 1, 2011 – April 2, 2012) Augusto Palacios (interim) (March 12, 2012 – Sept 10, 2012) Roger De Sa (Sept 10, 2012 – Jan 31, 2014) Eric Tinkler (interim) (Jan 31, 2014 – Feb 14, 2014) Vladimir Vermezović (Feb 14, 2014–15) Eric Tinkler (2015–June 16) Muhsin Ertuğral (June 2016–Nov 1, 2016) Augusto Palacios "(interim)" (Nov 2, 2016–Feb 20, 2017) Kjell Jonevret
Kjell Jonevret
(Feb 20 2017-August 2, 2017) Milutin Sredojevic (August 3, 2017 – Present)

Club records[edit]

Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates
youth team players.

Most appearances: William Okpara 375[8] Most goals: Benedict Vilakazi 52 Most capped Player: Teko Modise
Teko Modise
57 (South Africa) Most appearances in a season: Oupa Manyisa and Senzo Meyiwa 51 (2013–14) Most goals in a season: Dennis Lota 23 (1999–00) Record win: 9–1 v Olympics (Bob Save Super Bowl 07/03/1999) Record loss: 0-6 vs Mamelodi Sundowns (League 11/02/2017) Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria

Premier Soccer League
Premier Soccer League

2016/2017 – 11th 2015/2016 – 7th 2014/2015 – 4th 2013/2014 – 4th 2012/2013 – 3rd 2011/2012 – 1st 2010/2011 – 1st 2009/2010 – 5th 2008/2009 – 2nd 2007/2008 – 8th 2006/2007 – 5th 2005/2005 – 2nd 2004/2005 – 2nd 2003/2004 – 5th 2002/2003 – 1st 2001/2002 – 3rd 2000/2001 – 1st 1999/2000 – 2nd 1998/1999 – 3rd 1997/1998 – 3rd 1996/1997 – 3rd

Club officials/Technical team[edit]

Chairman and MD: Irvin Khoza Coach: Milutin Sredojevic Assistant coaches: Rhulani Mokwena

Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates
starting line-up in 2009.

First team squad[edit]

As of 4 February, 2018

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA
eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non- FIFA


Position Player


MF Thembinkosi Lorch


DF Happy Jele


MF Mpho Makola


DF Gladwin Shitolo


DF Thabo Matlaba (Captain)


MF Luvuyo Memela


FW Bernard Morrison


MF Musa Nyatama


MF Thabo Qalinge


GK Jackson Mabokgwane


FW Ayanda Nkosi


MF Issa Sarr


DF Justice Chabalala


FW Lyle Foster


MF Thamsanqa Sangweni


DF Innocent Maela


MF Thabiso Kutumela


Position Player


FW Justin Shonga


DF Mthokozisi Dube


GK Wayne Sandilands


FW Thamsanqa Gabuza


MF Yusuf Maart


MF Marshall Munetsi


DF Ntsikelelo Nyauza


DF Diamond Thopola


DF Marc Van Heerden


MF Xolani Mlambo


DF Lehlohonolo Mtshali


DF Phetso Maphanga


GK Siyabonga Mpontshane


DF Abbubaker Mobara


MF Augustine Mulenga

Foreigners[edit] In the South African PSL, only five non-South African nationals can be registered. Foreign players who have acquired permanent residency can be registered as locals.

Bernard Morrison Issa Sarr Marshall Munetsi

Retired numbers[edit] Main article: Retired numbers in association football

1 – Senzo Meyiwa, Goalkeeper
- Posthumous 10 – Jomo Sono, Midfielder 13 – Clifford Moleko, Midfielder
– Posthumous[9] 22 – Lesley Manyathela, Forward (2000–03) – Posthumous


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^ http://www.stadiummanagement.co.za/stadiums/orlando/ ^ a b c "History – Chapter 1: A) Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates
are famously known for being the first South African team to win the African Champions League in 1995. BUILDING THE HOUSE OF PIRATES (1937–59)". OrlandoPiratesFC.com. Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates
FC. Retrieved 15 May 2010.  ^ Kuper, Simon (October 2009). "Action Replay: Soweto". FourFourTwo. HayMarket. p. 104.  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ " Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates
clinch treble". News24. Retrieved 12 August 2011.  ^ http://www.flashscore.com/soccer/africa/caf-confederations-cup/ ^ "Orlando Pirates: The Pirates who ruled Africa". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 15 May 2010.  ^ "Ellis Park Stadium". OrlandoPiratesFC.com. Orlando Pirates
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FC. Retrieved 15 May 2010.  ^ " Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates
Football Club" (PDF). Superbrands.com/za. Superbrands. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2010.  ^ " Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates
retire fourth club jersey". www.kickoff.com. 28 October 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2017. 

External links[edit]

Official website Official Twitter page Official Facebook Page PSL Club Info

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Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates
– current squad

2 Gcaba 4 Jele 5 Makola 6 Shitolo 8 Matlaba (c) 11 Memela 12 Morrison 14 Nyatama 15 Qalinge 16 Mabokgwane 17 Nkosi 18 Sarr 19 Chabalala 21 T. Sangweni 23 Maela 24 Kutumela 25 Rakhale 26 Norodien 28 Dube 29 Lorch 30 Sandilands 31 Gabuza 32 Maart 34 Nyauza 36 Van Heerden 38 Motupa 40 Mpontshane 45 Mobara S. Sangweni Mthiyane Masaole Munetsi Ngwenya Zikalala Manager: Milutin Sredojević

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2017–18 Premier Soccer League

Ajax Cape Town AmaZulu Baroka Bidvest Wits Bloemfontein Celtic Cape Town City Chippa United Free State Stars Golden Arrows Kaizer Chiefs Mamelodi Sundowns Maritzburg United Orlando Pirates Platinum Stars Polokwane City SuperSport United

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African Cup and CAF Champions League
CAF Champions League

African Cup of Champions Clubs

1965: Oryx Douala 1966: Stade d'Abidjan 1967: TP Mazembe 1968: TP Mazembe 1969: Ismaily 1970: Asante Kotoko

1971: Canon Yaoundé 1972: Hafia 1973: Vita Club 1974: CARA Brazzaville 1975: Hafia 1976: MC Alger 1977: Hafia

1978: Canon Yaoundé 1979: Union Douala 1980: Canon Yaoundé 1981: JS Kabylie 1982: Al-Ahly 1983: Asante Kotoko

1984: Zamalek 1985: FAR Rabat 1986: Zamalek 1987: Al-Ahly 1988: ES Sétif 1989: Raja Casablanca 1990: JS Kabylie

1991: Club Africain 1992: Wydad Casablanca 1993: Zamalek 1994: Espérance de Tunis 1995: Orlando Pirates 1996: Zamalek

CAF Champions League

1997: Raja Casablanca 1998: ASEC Mimosas 1999: Raja Casablanca 2000: Hearts of Oak 2001: Al-Ahly 2002: Zamalek

2003: Enyimba 2004: Enyimba 2005: Al-Ahly 2006: Al-Ahly 2007: Étoile du Sahel 2008: Al-Ahly 2009: TP Mazembe

2010: TP Mazembe 2011: Espérance de Tunis 2012: Al-Ahly 2013: Al-Ahly 2014: ES Sétif 2015: TP Mazembe

2016: Mamelodi Sundowns 2017: Wydad Casablanca

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CAF Super Cup winners

CAF Super Cup

1993: Africa Sports 1994: Zamalek 1995: Espérance de Tunis 1996: Orlando Pirates 1997: Zamalek 1998: Étoile du Sahel 1999: ASEC Mimosas 2000: Raja Casablanca 2001: Hearts of Oak 2002: Al-Ahly 2003: Zamalek 2004: Enyimba 2005: Enyimba 2006: Al-Ahly 2007: Al-Ahly 2008: Étoile du Sahel 2009: Al-Ahly 2010: TP Mazembe 2011: TP Mazembe 2012: MAS Fez 2013: Al-Ahly 2014: Al-Ahly 2015: ES Sétif 2016: TP Mazembe 2017: Mamelodi Sundowns 2018: Wydad Casablanca

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