Orlando Pirates’ Thabiso Monyane Optimistic About Return as Second Half of DStv Premiership Season Approaches

Orlando Pirates’ wingback Thabiso Monyane, a crucial component in the team’s defense, has provided a positive update on his injury status as the DStv Premiership season’s second round draws near.

Monyane encountered an injury setback during the Soweto Derby clash in November, where the Buccaneers triumphed 1-0 against Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium.

Despite the interruption to his stellar performance, the 23-year-old youth product of Pirates has been a consistent choice at right back under coach Jose Riveiro in the current season, featuring in 17 matches across various competitions and scoring a goal.

Monyane notably contributed to Pirates lifting the 2023 MTN8 trophy after defeating Mamelodi Sundowns in the final in October.

Monyane’s Journey and Positive Outlook:

Having been an integral part of the Pirates’ senior team for four campaigns since earning promotion from the club’s DStv Diski Challenge side in 2019, Monyane has established himself as a key player.

With the upcoming resumption of the 2023/24 season after the 2023 AFCON break, Monyane expressed optimism about his recovery, stating, “I can say I’m good, I’m feeling good, and I’m ready to contribute towards the goals of the club.”

Reflecting on his injury setback during a promising run of form, Monyane acknowledged the challenge but emphasized his determination for a strong comeback, highlighting his excitement for both national team duties and club goals, aiming to propel Pirates to a higher standing.

Adaptation in Monyane’s Absence:

During Monyane’s absence due to injury, Orlando Pirates utilized the versatile Fortune Makaringe in the right wingback position.

The adaptability of the squad showcased its depth and versatility, with Makaringe seamlessly stepping into the role.

As Monyane gears up for his return, the competition within the team for positions adds a healthy dynamic, fostering a sense of competition and pushing players to perform at their best.

Anticipation for Pirates vs. Chippa United Clash:

With Monyane eyeing a comeback to the starting lineup, Orlando Pirates is set to face Chippa United at Orlando Stadium on February 13th, with kick-off scheduled for 19:30.

Monyane’s return promises to inject additional strength into the Pirates’ defensive lineup, and fans eagerly anticipate his contribution to the team’s pursuit of success in the remainder of the season.


Thabiso Monyane’s resilience and positive outlook amidst his injury setback reflect a player determined to make a significant impact in the upcoming fixtures.

As Orlando Pirates prepares for the second half of the DStv Premiership season, Monyane’s return is poised to enhance the team’s defensive capabilities, adding a layer of anticipation and excitement for both the players and supporters alike.

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