Orlando Pirates could send one of the club's talented young stars on loan in the next transfer window in January, or at the end of the season, with a view of helping him gain more experience for top-flight football.
As reported in edition 1090 of Soccer Laduma, the Buccaneers could send young Augustine Mahlonoko to another club on loan as their way of giving him a chance to play more matches this season so that he could gather much-needed experience at the highest level, according to sources.
The 17-year-old midfielder was promoted to Pirates’ first team from the club’s development structures as a 16-year-old last month and went on to make his debut against Highlands Park.
The young star has made three appearances as a substitute in the PSL under coach Milutin Sredojevic already this season in his blossoming career.
During the FIFA international break. Mahlonoko played for Bucs’ reserves in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge.
“Augustine Mahlonoko could be sent on loan from Pirates in January. He is seen as a future star for the club and they want him to gain the experience needed to play in the top-flight. He is unlikely to play regularly in Pirates’ first team this season,” said the source.
Other young prospects from Bucs like Reanetse Ramatlapeng, Thobela Sikhakhane and Yanga Baliso have been sent on loan to clubs in the National First Division this season.