Orlando Pirates’ new star from Sundowns open up about leaving Downs




Orlando Pirates’ new signing has spoken up on his move after joining the Soweto giants from Mamelodi Sundowns.

Asavela ‘Shoes’ Mbekile was one of the new players announced by the club this week.

The 31-year-old versatile player was announced at the club alongside with eight other new signings in Brilliant Khuzwayo, Kudakwashe Mahachi, Ben Motshwari, Vincent Pule, Meshack Maphangule, Abel Mabaso, Paseka Mako and Linda Mntambo.

“Playing for Pirates is one of the things you want to achieve as a footballer and I have done the first part by being here. The real hard work will begin when everyone gets back for pre-season. Pirates is a big team, so joining it feels great. I’m looking forward to being a part of the new generation of Pirates players that will be fighting for the domestic and Champions League title,” Mbekile told Pirates’ official website.

As part of the induction, the players were taken on a tour of Orlando Stadium where they got an opportunity to familiarise themselves with their new change room and showed the club’s shop and the club’s Learning Centre.

“After announcing the signing of nine new players, the Orlando Pirates Technical Team welcomed the new additions to the Club by way of orientation at the Rand Stadium.

Following a largely positive season where the Buccaneers finished second in the ABSA Premiership, and qualified for the CAF Champions League, Micho Sredojevic’s men have strengthened in preparation for what will be an even tougher season with more fixtures and greater expectation attached to it,” Bucs confirmed on their website.

“The new additions include Kudakwashe Mahachi, Brilliant Khuzwayo, Ben Motshwari, Meshack Maphangule, Vincent Pule, Abel Mabaso, Paseka Mako, Linda Mntambo and Asavela Mbekile. Upon arrival at their new home, the Bucs players were met by Administrative Officer, Floyd Mbele as well as Assistant Coach Rhulani Mokwena, before being taken through a process of orientation into how the team plays and what the expectation is for all players who don the famous Black and White colours,”confirmed the club.

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