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Orlando Pirates first ever 15-year-old wonder kid

The most celebrated of the teenage boys who founded the club was Sam Shabangu, who as ‘Baboon Shepherd’ would go onto become one of the club’s greatest players.

He was 15 at the time the club was formed, motivated by the leadership of Andries ‘Pele Pele’ Mkwanazi, who was a little older and commanded the respect of the young players. It was at Mkwanazi’s house (Orlando No. 3939) that the club was conceived.

Bethuel Mokgosinyana became their patron and paid for their kit and clothing. He was a self-styled social worker, who came to the township from Brits.

He worked at a factory in Booysens but later opened his own butchery and became an influential figure in the South African game.

His home at Orlando East 4503 was also used a gym for the players and where they gathered before games.

Some of the first players include Isaac Mothei, Alex Tshabalala, Sidney Mabuza, Willard Msomi, Elliott and Lucas Buthelezi, Steve and Bennet Mpshe and the Ramela brothers.


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