Having recently handed Simiso Bophela his professional debut against Maritzburg United, Orlando Pirates promise to add few more exciting youngsters from their development into the first team set-up.
Bophela left a lasting impression against the Team of Choice in the 20 minutes that he was on the field in the 0-0 draw at the Harry Gwala Stadium two weeks ago.
Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi has confirmed that the plan for the Soweto giants is to introduce more youngsters into the set-up, although the process will be done slowly and carefully to avoid the risk of putting the players under too much pressure as the team will be searching for points to challenge for the league and trophies.
“My general feel is that I’m a development coach who has been promoted into the position that I’m in. I love using youngsters, I love using new players and I don’t believe in the recycled panel of players. Bring something new, but you must do that and win. There’s quite a few youngsters at Pirates that we want to bring up but the process of doing that must be perfect and the timing must be good,” said Ncikazi, speaking to the media this week ahead of the eagerly awaited match against Kaizer Chiefs.
Boitumelo Radiopane, who has done well in the reserve team in the DStv Diski Challenge, and South African youth international Thabiso Monyane are some of the players expected to be brought into the Pirates first team set-up in due course.
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