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Another New Face To Surface At Pirates in January?

The Siya crew has been informed that yet another youngster has been knocking on the Orlando Pirates first team door with his scintillating performances for the club’s reserves.

Pirates have not held back in giving deserving youth players their opportunity in recent times.

The likes of Thabiso Sesane, Azola Tshobeni, Kopano Thuntsane and Boitumelo Radiopane are just some of the names that have received a look in at the Soweto giants.

The latest news reaching the crew is that defensive midfielder Sonwabo Khumalo is the latest player that has been touted with a promotion to the club’s first team.

The youngster, who came through the famous Augusto Palacios Youth Apprenticeship, was among four players who graduated to the Buccaneers setup in 2020 and has spent time training with the first team under the watchful eye of first team coaches Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids.

Siya sources have described Khumalo as a ‘Sergio Busquets’ type of player with ounces of potential. The source further explained that Khumalo has managed to impress the Bucs technical team and could be handed a first team contract as early as January 2022.

Coach Ncikazi has been very vocal about the club’s policy to give opportunity to youth players in recent times.

“We have to be developmental in our approach and allow the youngsters to grow. That’s the approach that the club must adopt. If there’s any chance of a youngster doing well in the MDC, give him an opportunity,” Ncikazi told the media in a recent interview.

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