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Bucs Debutant Reflects On First Game

Orlando Pirates debutant Siphumelele Mbulu talks about first game against Free State Stars

By Soccer Laduma - May 14, 2018 07:15 PM

An Orlando Pirates debutant has reflected on playing his first game for the Buccaneers this past weekend.

Siphumelele Mbulu made his official debut this past Saturday against Free State Stars in Bucs last Premiership game of the season. The 19-year-old was recently promoted into the first team from the MultiChoice Diski Challenge squad, and this past Saturday got a taste of first team action against Free State Stars at the Orlando Stadium.  

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“I had a feeling on Friday after training that something might happen because Coach Micho and Coach Benson called me, Xola Mlambo and Marshall Munetsi back, to talk to us about how we should play and cover each other,” said the Mbulu on the club’s official website.

“When we left for camp, I knew then that I would be part of the squad so I called home to let them know what was happening. I told them that there was a strong chance that I could play since it was the last game and that they should be on the lookout.”

The midfielder also noted that he partnered with Bucs skipper, Happy Jele and thanked the captain for helping him calm down ahead of the fixture.

“I had Happy Jele as my roommate and he helped calm me down a lot. He was telling me stories of his debut, and how he was encouraged by the seniors around him,” added the 19-year-old.

“The one thing he kept repeating was that I should play my game and know that the players around me would support me,” he concluded. 

The Buccaneers have ended the season with 55 points, in the second position, behind Mamelodi Sundowns. The Soweto giants have also booked a spot in next year’s CAF Champions League.     


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@bbs1977 hahaha they look alike
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Theemba M May 15, 2018 10:01 AM
U have a big heart my boy,u play like a season player,u are one for the future,thumbs up
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mbixane May 15, 2018 08:48 AM
That boy has got a big heart, you go boy do what you can do best. Calm down and play it simple then you will shine sonny.
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chiefs is useless May 15, 2018 08:16 AM
He did exceptionally well big ups to you.......
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Is he related to Mokgakolodi Ngele???
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Hayi maan I saw this yesterday already
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We won't forget that Ajax CT owes you full 3 points from Ndoro case
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Ijustblog May 15, 2018 07:18 AM
This boy's future is bright, that if he keeps his focus on the right place. I am glad that he came thru at pirates while there are great minds on the technical team in (Micho,Benson and Mokoena)and they will polish and nature that boys talent to be the germ he is destined to be.
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Ohh pe2na bg up boy
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I didn't watch this boy unfortunately
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Deftman05 May 14, 2018 11:31 PM
This is the greatest highlight of the young man 's career, some boys would kill to get selected at Orlando Pirates, he is surely good and I see a bright future ahead of him. He just have to stay level headed and work very hard. Mabizela, Lekolea, Mahlangu, Mbuthu, Malatsi, etc all did it at a tender age,but failed because of drugs, however with the right attitude and discipline we will see a better flames from this young man
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Deftman05 May 14, 2018 11:22 PM
Mara you people are ruthless, why talk about other issues on a wrong article, Mr editor has presented us with the future of south African soccer and nibusy niyakhala, why not appreciate this young talent here. This boy is the future of bafana bafana, bese ke nikhala lapho ku right khona.
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Default MadChief May 14, 2018 02:00 PM Not to be judgmental, but I believe the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and the Confederation of African Football (Caf) have set a wrong precedence here, and it’ll come back to bite them soon. Agreeing to allow Mamelodi Sundowns to break the PSL rules by luring Barca into the country for a club friendly international before the season is over is just behaving like Izwelakhe. Much as we all understand the reasoning behind the friendly, to pay homage to the Nelson Mandela Centenary Celebrations, it still doesn’t change fact that the league broke their own rules and will be held to it in the future. T hen PSL employee, Derek Blanckensee, in 2013 addressed the media that the friendly fixture at the Cape Town Stadium between Ajax Cape Town and Liverpool could not go ahead . “We don’t allow international club friendlies while the season is on because it competes with our events and our sponsors. The PSL operates under a set of rules and the clubs are aware of it.” With this set now for Downs and Barca game on Wednesday (6.15pm), know that it has opened a can of worms. The people of the Himalaya Mountains are always cool and calm, which begs the question: “Why aren’t they violent or in a hurry for anything?” This brings me to think also: why is Sundowns boss Patrice Motsepe and his people in such a hurry to have the Catalans in the country, while Tata could have turned 100 on 18 July? Don’t tell me Barca players would have just returned from the Russia World Cup and tired. What’s all the rush that had Caf soliciting money from Motsepe for moving the fixture to next week? In fact, I doubt if Barca are interested in this arrangement, but probably couldn’t say NO to the reported R100 million manna from the Motsepe Foundation. Barca players arrive in Mzansi tomorrow and go back on Wednesday night, immediately after the game. Caf followed their own rules and got paid for it! This is the reason why some clubs believe rules are made for others and others don’t qualify – in this case Ajax in 2013 and Sundowns in 2018".
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