Orlando Pirates FC

Orlando Pirates FC
Orlando Pirates
Full name Orlando Pirates FC
Nickname(s) Buccaneers, Bucs, Ezikamagebhula, Sea Robbers, Happy People, Amabhakabhaka,
Ezimnyama Ngenkani (The black ones)
Founded 1937, as Orlando Boys Club
Ground Orlando Stadium, Soweto, Johannesburg
(Capacity: 40,000)
Chairman Irvin Khoza
Coach Brazil Júlio Leal
League ABSA Premiership
2010–11 ABSA Premiership, 1st
Home colours
Away colours

Orlando Pirates are a South African football (soccer) club based in Parktown, Johannesburg that plays in the Premier Soccer League.

The club was founded in 1937 and was originally based in Orlando, Soweto.[1] They are named 'Pirates' after the 1940 film The Sea Hawk starring Errol Flynn.[2] Orlando Pirates are the first club since the inception of the Premier Soccer League in 1996 to have won three major trophies in a single season, having won the domestic league, the Nedbank Cup and the MTN 8 during the 2010/2011 season.[3] Orlando Pirates are famously known for being the only team in South Africa to win the African Champions League in 1995.



Orlando Pirates is one of South Africa’s oldest football clubs being formed in 1937 in Orlando East, Soweto.[1][4] The club's performances over the years have served as an inspiration for young soccer players to strive to play the Beautiful Game at the highest level in the black and white colours of the ‘Buccaneers’.

Early years

The founders of Orlando Pirates included offspring of migrant workers who moved from rural areas to work in the gold mines of Gauteng. Boys in Orlando came together at every available opportunity in open spaces and in informal groupings to play soccer. That original club was called the Orlando Boys Club.

In 1940, Buthuel Mokgosinyane, the first president, bought the first team kit with his own funds. Orlando Boys participated in Johannesburg Bantu Association's Saturday League, where they won the Division Two title and gained promotion to Division One in 1944.[1] Andrew Bassie, a key member of the team, suggested the new name 'Orlando Pirates'. The team composed the camp's war cry 'Ezimnyama Ngenkani'.

Since 1971

Orlando Pirates supporters.

Over the years, Orlando Pirates – also known as ‘The Happy People’ – have accumulated a record of success having won the National Professional Soccer League title in 1971, 1973, 1975 and 1976, the National Soccer League title in 1994, and the Premier Soccer League title three times, in 2001, 2003 and 2011. Their first place finish in the 2010/2011 domestic league campaigns has generated much excitement among the club’s vast fan-base.

Many other cup triumphs in domestic soccer have also been recorded, including Vodacom Challenge title victories in the inaugural 1999 tournament and in 2005. But the African continent and other areas of the soccer world took notice of Orlando Pirates Football Club when they won the African Champions Cup (now known as the Champions League) in 1995 and the African Super Cup a year later. Pirates were and still are the only Southern Hemisphere club to have won the African Champions League. This achievement resulted in the club being honoured by the first State President of the new democratic South Africa, Nelson Mandela – another first for a South African sporting team.

In 2005, Orlando Pirates achieved Superbrand status. Superbrands is an international company that identifies and rewards the leading brands around the world; Pirates are the only South African sports team next to the Springboks and Proteas to be given this status.[5]

Club chairman, Irvin Khoza, who also served on the World Cup Bid Committee, must be credited with the club’s rise to fame over the past few years as the Orlando Pirates supporters – who are nicknamed ‘The Ghost’ – have had much to cheer about.

Kaizer Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung and his Jomo Cosmos counterpart Jomo Sono were popular players of the highest calibre for the Buccaneers before starting their own clubs. Their playing history is deeply entrenched in the black and white colours of Orlando Pirates.

In 2005, the team, along with Interza Lesego and Ellis Park Stadium Ltd, announced its acquisition of a 51% share in Ellis Park Stadium, making it the first majority black owned stadium in South Africa.[6]

The Soweto derby

The Soweto derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates is one of the most fiercely contested derbies in world soccer. And in contrast to most of the other games played in the Premier Soccer League in SA, matches between the two arch rivals attract a full house almost without fail.


South Africa Domestic

1971, 1973, 1975, 1976
1988, 1996, 2011
  • Mainstay Cup: 1
  • Life Challenge Cup: 3
1973, 1974, 1975
1972, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1993, 1996, 2000, 2010 , 2011
  • Castle Challenge: 1
  • Sales House Cup: 4
1972, 1975, 1977, 1983
  • Benson and Hedges Trophy: 2
1973, 1974

CAF Champions League- most prestigious african title


[7] – First Cup Winners

Club records

Orlando Pirates youth team players.
  • Most appearances – William Okpara 375[5]
  • Most goals – Benedict Vilakazi 52
  • Most capped Player – Teko Modise 37 (South Africa)
  • Most appearances in a season – William Okpara 51 (1995)
  • Most goals in a season – Dennis Lota 23 (1999/00)
  • Record win – 9–1 v Olympics (Bob Save Super Bowl 7/3/99)
  • Record loss – 1–6 v Sundowns (BP Top 8 Cup 3/2/90)

Premier Soccer League record

Club officials/Technical team

  • Chairman and MD: South Africa Irvin Khoza
  • Coach: Brazil Júlio Leal
  • Assistant coach: South Africa Tebogo Moloi
  • Goalkeeper coach: Brazil Alexandre Revoredo
  • Head of youth development: Peru Augusto Palacios
Orlando Pirates starting line-up in 2009.

2011–12 First team squad

As of August 2, 2011 Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 South Africa GK Senzo Meyiwa
2 South Africa DF Benson Mhlongo
3 South Africa DF Lizo Mjempu
4 South Africa DF Happy Jele
5 South Africa MF Dikgang Mabalane
6 South Africa MF Clifford Ngobeni
7 South Africa MF Daine Klate
9 South Africa FW Bongani Ndulula
11 South Africa MF Sameehg Doutie
12 South Africa MF Mark Mayambela
14 South Africa DF Lucky Lekgwathi (Captain)
15 South Africa MF Andile Jali
16 South Africa GK Moeneeb Josephs
17 South Africa FW Benni McCarthy
22 Nigeria FW Tomi 'Rapid' Oyemakinde
18 South Africa MF Thulasizwe Mbuyane
20 South Africa MF Oupa Manyisa
No. Position Player
21 South Africa DF Siyabonga Sangweni
23 South Africa MF Tlou Segolela
24 South Africa DF Njabulo Ntusi
25 Namibia FW Rudolf Bester
26 South Africa FW Ndumiso Mabena
28 South Africa DF Rooi Mahamutsa
29 Malawi FW Chiukepo Msowoya
30 South Africa DF Robyn Johannes
32 South Africa DF Lucas Thwala
33 South Africa DF Sibusiso Mxoyana
35 Zambia MF Isaac Chansa
37 South Africa FW Tokelo Rantie (on loan from IFK Hässleholm)
38 South Africa DF Ruben Cloete
40 South Africa GK Sikhumbuzo Nkumane
South Africa GK Brighton Mhlongo

Retired numbers

10South Africa Jomo Sono, Midfielder (honor)

13South Africa Clifford Moleko, Midfielder (posthumous honor)

22South Africa Lesley Manyathela, Forward (posthumous honor)


In the South African PSL, only five non-South African nationals can be registered. Namibians born before 1990 do not count as foreigners.

Notable former players

see also Category:Orlando Pirates players

"Golden Days"

  • South Africa Johannes Khomane (DF) ("Yster")
  • South Africa Webster Lichaba (MF) ("City Late")
  • South Africa Albert Mahlangu (FW) ("Bashin")
  • South Africa Ernest Makhanya (MF) ("Botsotso")
  • South Africa Marks Maponyane (FW) ("Go Man Go")
  • South Africa Ephraim Mashaba (DF) ("Shakes")
  • South Africa Kaizer Motaung (FW) ("Chincha Guluva")
  • South Africa Nick Seshweni (DF) ("Bazooka")
  • South Africa Mandla Sithole (FW) ("Metroblitz")
  • South Africa Ephraim Sono (FW) ("Jomo")
  • South Africa Eric Sono (FW) ("Scara")


  • South Africa Moneeb Josephs (GK) ("Slimkat")


Lebohang "Cheese Boy" Mokoena

Notable former coaches

Official sponsor

Vodacom, Black Label, Acer, Grey Hound.


External links

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