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The Kid Is Alright: Bucs Teen Sensation Gets Rave Reviews

Orlando Pirates first-team coach Mandla Ncikazi has given his verdict on the performance of teenage striker Boitunelo Radiopane who made his debut for the club.

After setting the scene alight in the DStv Diski Challenge where he had scored seven goals this season, a step up to the first team was a natural progression for the 19-year-old.

Just as they did with Simiso Bophela before him, Pirates first-team coaches Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids took a gamble on the young prodigy and handed him his debut in their goalless draw against Golden Arrows, which left the experienced coach impressed.

How much I wish that there’s one shot, I don’t know whether it hit the defender or the goalkeeper, it would have been nice for him to score on debut but I'm still very happy for him,” Ncikazi told the club’s media after the match.

The coach also hinted that there could be a few more new faces added to the Bucs first team in the near future, based on how they perform for the club’s reserve side.

“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 – and I’m not disappointed in how he played, in fact, I’m very excited,” Ncikazi added.

Browse through the gallery above to see Bucs' youngest debutants  

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