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.
“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.