Orlando Pirates Eye Young Talents for Next Season’s Squad

Orlando Pirates Eye Young Talents for Next Season’s Squad

...By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.

Orlando Pirates are actively planning their squad composition for the upcoming season and are reportedly considering incorporating some promising young players.


Following the promotion of 17-year-old winger Relebohile Ratomo, attention has now shifted to Mohau Nkota, another winger, who is believed to be next in line for a chance in the senior side.

Nkota’s Progress and Potential Promotion:

Mohau Nkota has been a standout performer in the Pirates DStv Diski Challenge, impressing both his coach and club legend Joseph Makhanya.

With his consistent development under Makhanya’s guidance, Nkota’s name has caught the attention of the first team management, leading to speculations that he will be offered a first team contract.

This move aims to promote him to the senior ranks and capitalize on his talent and potential.

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The Rise of Young Players:

Similar to Ratomo, Nkota is also 17 years old and has been making significant strides in the reserve league for Pirates.

Many observers have long advocated for his promotion to the senior squad.


Although it is unlikely that he will make his first team debut in the current season, as there is only one league game remaining and a Nedbank Cup final to be played, it is anticipated that the young star from Kimberley will be given an opportunity to don the senior Buccaneers jersey in the 2023/24 season.

Contract Offer and Future Plans:

According to an inside source, Orlando Pirates have offered Nkota a contract.

However, the deal is expected to be finalized in July, once the Diski Challenge season concludes.

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At the beginning of the current season, both Nkota and Radiopane were considered for a loan, but only Radiopane was sent out while Nkota remained.

Under the guidance of Joseph Makhanya, Nkota has thrived, and the team is currently competing for the league title.

Consequently, he is set to be promoted to the senior team next year and has been presented with a four-year contract.

Although he has not yet signed, all the necessary arrangements have been made, and he will join the senior team for pre-season training once the current season concludes.

Contemplating Squad Depth:

It is worth noting that Orlando Pirates already boast a surplus of wingers in their squad.


As a result, it remains uncertain whether Nkota will indeed receive his opportunity in the upcoming season.

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The final decision will depend on various factors, including the team’s requirements and the competition among the existing wingers.


Orlando Pirates’ focus on developing young talents for the future showcases their commitment to nurturing a sustainable squad.

By promoting players like Ratomo and potentially Nkota, the club aims to build a pipeline of skilled and homegrown players who can contribute to their success in the long term.

However, the abundance of wingers in the current squad raises questions about the immediate opportunities for Nkota.

It will be interesting to see how the club manages the integration of young talents into the senior team and balances their playing time with the experienced players in the upcoming season.


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