Orlando Pirates teen sensation Relebohile Mofokeng on trial at English Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers
Orlando Pirates’ 18-year-old midfielder Relebohile Mofokeng is currently on trial at English Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers.
If the move materialises, he would soon be the second South African playing in the English Premier League alongside Lyle Foster.
Currently, the national team lacks quality players, but if the likes of Mofokeng are allowed to play in top leagues, South Africa might have a competitive squad come the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
So far, Bafana have Bongokuhle Hlongwane, Percy Tau, Lebo Mothiba, and Lyle Foster playing regularly abroad, but all of them are attackers.
Mofokeng is different, he is a midfielder and brings flair, pace, and skill. Given his age, he should only get better and if he signs with Wolves, by 2026, the Pirates teen could be Bafana’s player should the team qualify for the World Cup.
Mofokeng one for the future
Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro confirmed that Mofokeng was on trial with Wolves.
“He’s in the UK, he is having a trial period with Wolves. I believe he’s ready for whatever is coming,” Riveiro said.
“He is in a proper age. Maybe it looks like early – 18 – but not for me. If you follow the current situation in Europe, at 17, 18 or 19 it’s really frequent to get your first minutes in the top teams.”
Mofokeng the real deal
Mofokeng is the real deal and a Europe move will not only help him as a player but also improve Bafana in the future.
“You have to little by little change our vision of the youngsters. When you are ready, you are ready,” the Spaniard continued.
“Even if you’re 18 or 28, you’re ready you’re ready. We know the type of talent Rele(Mofokeng) is, and everything is in his hands to use this opportunity,” Riveiro added.
Mofokeng is a talented young midfielder with a bright future ahead of him. If he signs with Wolves and performs well, he could become a key player for both club and country.