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Pirates Building Backline For The Future

With the summer arrivals of Tshepo Gumede and Mpho Mvelase at Parktown, the fans have reason to be excited about the club building for the future.

The two defenders arrive at the ripe age of 23 and 26-years-old respectively, and there has been talk suggesting that that their arrival, coupled alongside some of the seasoned campaigners, will ease out the old guard.

Rooi Mahamutsa and Siyabonga Sangweni have featured regularly in the center-back positions for some time now, but age is no longer on their side, with them being on the wrong side of 30.

With these promising talents having arrived, there is talk that the club has brought them in with a long-term vision for their backline - which includes Patrick Phungwayo, who looks set to extend his stay at the club.

Currently, the team has seven defenders on their books that are below the age of 29, with an average age of 26-years-old. 

Tshepo Gumede – Age 23

Patrick Phungwayo – Age 27

Ayanda Gcaba – Age 28

Mpho Mvelase – Age 26

Thabo Matlaba – Age 27

Happy Jele – Age 28

Ntsikelelo Nyauza – Age 24 

Average Age: 26

This is great for Pirates, as it will buy Eric Tinkler time to ease out the old guard below…

Lucky Lekgwathi – Age 38

Rooi Mahamutsa – Age 33 (11 appearances this season)

Siyabonga Sangweni – Age 33 (16 appearances this season) 

Average Age: 34

As one can see, the trio, albeit highly experienced, are getting older and are nearing the end of their careers… This is why there have been calls for younger and fresher legs to be eased into the team.

With the help of Maha, Sangweni and Lucky, the youngsters have some fine tutors to learn from before they takeover.

It finally seems that the team is building for the future and it is a good idea to be starting from the back. 

Ghosts, what do you think about this?


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