In Fan Park’s final series of Bucs’ Five Best, today the crew brings you five of the best strikers to have turned out for Orlando Pirates.
The Buccaneers hold an excellent history of men leading the attacking line, and here are five of the best we feel deserve recognition.
After having enjoyed success with Kaizer Chiefs, Maponyane arrived in Orlando in 1992 and formed part of the team that earned the nickname, the ‘Golden Days’. At Pirates, he won the league title in 1994 as well as the CAF Champions League.
Despite having founded Kaizer Chiefs, Chincha Guluva was a legend in his own right at Pirates. His impressive form with the Buccaneers saw him earn a move aboard to the Atlanta Chiefs and it was here where his career was launched on the international stage. Back in his day, Motaung was one of the most lethal players in the penalty box.
Jomo Sono… what hasn’t been said about his pedigree in front of goal? After overcoming a hard upbringing, Sono used football as a way to better his life. His natural talent, where he was accurate in passing, was a dribbling wizard and a lethal striker, saw him become one of South Africa’s most legendary players.
Having spent his whole, yet sadly short, playing career at Pirates, the 21-year-old was expected to be one of the most exciting products to play for Pirates. Before his death, Manyathela finished as the top goal scorer in the PSL one season, scoring 18 league goals and four cup strikes for the Bucs. He also landed up winning the 2002/03 league title.
Ndlanya had one of the best goal scoring ratios for the Bucs… Scoring 23 goals in 48 matches, the Daveyton-born striker was finding the back of the net nearly every second game. While he may have also made history at Chiefs, he was a talent for Bucs in the final years of his career.
BONUS: Benni McCarthy
We simply couldn't leave out McCarthy on this list and that is why we had to add him as a bonus name. McCarthy, although he may have had a short stint at the club, was part of the treble winning team and his goals certainly won over the hearts of the Ghosts.
Ghosts, who was your favourite striker?