In planning for next season, Orlando Pirates could give two more young players a chance in the first team, depending on their progress in the coming weeks leading up to the end of the season.
Having noted their progress in the reserve side, where they have been top performers in the MultiChoice (now DStv) Diski Challenge, Pirates are believed to be considering promoting both Simo and Simiso Bophela to the first team.
The 20-year-old players will finish the 2020/21 season in the GladAfrica Championship with Sekhukhune United, after being loaned in the January/February transfer window and will be closely monitored by Pirates with a view of promoting them to the first team.
With two latest graduates from Pirates development Azola Tshobeni and Thabiso Sesane making progress in Josef Zinnbauer’s team, indications are that the Bophela twins could be next in line to make the step up.
Both players are attack-minded, with Simo playing as a striker while Simiso is a winger and they both started at the Augusto Palacios Academy and worked their way up to the Pirates reserve side via the club’s development academy.
In a season where Bucs have been disrupted by injuries to first team regulars, Zinnbauer has showed confidence in youngsters by giving them a chance in the team.
The German mentor has vowed to help the youngsters to improve as footballers and understand what is required of them at the highest level.
Check out how Pirates have assembled their strong squad for the 2020/21 season: