First Team

Defender


Shere Lekgothoane
Defender
10 October 1979

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The well-travelled left back is one of the many players who were signed by Gordon Igesund upon his arrival at the helm. Lekgothoane was formerly with Jomo Cosmos, Mamelodi Sundowns and Mplumalanga Black Aces and offers reliability and an engine to work up and down the flank.

Born in Sasolburg the 31-year-old made his professional debut for Ria Stars in 2001/02 and has been a steady performer over the years rather than a flashy player or someone who grabs headlines. The well-travelled left back is one of the many players who were signed by Gordon Igesund upon his arrival at the helm. Lekgothoane was formerly with Jomo Cosmos, Mamelodi Sundowns and Mplumalanga Black Aces and offers reliability and an engine to work up and down the flank.

Born in Sasolburg the 31-year-old made his professional debut for Ria Stars in 2001/02 and has been a steady performer over the years rather than a flashy player or someone who grabs headlines.


Luvhengo Mungomeni
Defender
18 February 1985
Siloam


If there is one player who understands the basics well, it must be Papi. The Limpopo-born lad has matured into a recognised right full back and he is one of the players that have a bright future in the game largely because of his correct attitude.

A naturally quite lad, he does most of the talking on the field and it won’t be long before he establishes himself in the Bafana Bafana side. His best attributes are his timing and calmness under pressure. If there is one player who understands the basics well, it must be Papi. The Limpopo-born lad has matured into a recognised right full back and he is one of the players that have a bright future in the game largely because of his correct attitude.

A naturally quite lad, he does most of the talking on the field and it won’t be long before he establishes himself in the Bafana Bafana side. His best attributes are his timing and calmness under pressure.

Midfielder


Dikgang Mabalane
Midfielder
28 December 1979
Tladi, Soweto
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He may be small in stature, but don’t be deceived-Dikgang Mabalane is a bulldozer down the right wing and without doubt one of the most disciplined, determined and brightest attacking players South Africa has ever produced. With a proud record of more than 170 league appearances since he broke in to the professional ranks with Jomo Cosmos late in the 90s, the Soweto-born lad brings with him immense experience and cup pedigree having won major trophies with both Cosmos and SuperSport United in his eight-year period of his professional career.

“It’s a very good record and accomplishment that every professional player can be proud of, I am no different. I cherish my time and success with my previous clubs (referring to Cosmos and SuperSport). Nevertheless I have already turned–on the new page of my life and looking forward to emulating past achievements, and what a better way it would be to do it with a big team that has a proud history such as Orlando Pirates,” said Mabalane.

Blessed with speed, exceptional ball control, fine skill, mental and physical strength, the is no uncertainty that the ‘Terminator’ fits perfectly in the Mighty Buccaneers’ unique style of play that entails keeping the ball on the ground, quick passing and plenty of one twos, as well as movement of the ball. “Apart from management’s vision, I felt much easy with Pirates’ modern style of play that suits mine. I know I am faced with a serious challenge of tussling for a position in the team with the best players in the league, but I am determined to overcome them and make my stay worthwhile at this massive club.”

“Playing for the Buccaneers infront of huge and passionate supporters ever week will bring the best out of me and enhance my performance in the field of play. It also goes without saying that-there is no local club that attracts attention like Orlando Pirates.

Having started his football career playing for a number of amateur teams in his township, Tladi, Soweto, Mabalane’s rapid rise to stardom stated when he joined Diekloof Hellenic and later on Jomo Cosmos Academy as a fresh-faced youngster aged only 17-years-old.

“My recruitment to Cosmos came after we (referring to Diepkloof Hellenic) played a match against their juniors team that has the likes Bamuza Sono, Thabang Molefe and Aaron Mokoena, to name just a few in their line-up,” recalls Mabalane.

“At the beginning it wasn’t a big deal for me to play for a professional club’s academy, only after my promotion to the first team that I started to take my career seriously. Since then, I never looked back. I am also glad I managed to balance my both my soccer career and education,” said the Barnato Park High School (in Berea) matric graduate.

Following a successful term with ‘Ezenkosi’, the national Under 20 and Bafana Bafana international moved for greener pastures in the 2004/05 season when he joined Supersport United and helped them lift the SAA Supa 8 trophy, his second on succession after winning it (SAA Supa 8) with Cosmos in the previous season.

Even though his period with Matsatsantsa was a success after making 24 appearances in his first season with the club, the ‘Terminator’ was surprisingly loaned out to Maritzburg Classic after only three matches with the Tshwane based side. The engagement with Classic didn’t last long and Mabalane managed to negotiate his way back to Cosmos.

“When I left Cosmos at the end o the 2003/04 season, I needed fresh challenges and a change of scenery. I don’t regret my actions as results are there to be seen in my first season with Supersport United. The door was always open for me at Cosmos and that’s why even when I returned to the club, I maintained the same standard and was a regular in the first line-up for the past two seasons,’ said Mabalane.

Mabalane has proved beyond doubt that he is a consistent performer and if his impressive record with Ezenkosi in the last two seasons is anything to go by, the Mighty Buccaneers has a winner in a small man with a big heart famously known as the ‘Terminator’.

CAREER HISTORY
Source/Previous clubs: Jomo Cosmos, Supersport United, Maritzburg Classic, Jomo Cosmos juniors, Diepkloof Hellenic
Period joined Pirates: 2008/09
PSL’ debut: 2000/01 Season

HONOURS

Club level: 2006/07 Player’s Player of the Year, 2006/07 Most Club Appearances in a season (32), 2003/04 SAA Supa 8 champion, 2002/03 Coca-Cola Cup winner, 2001/02 Coca-Cola Cup runner-up, Cosmos Young Player of the Year (all with Jomo Cosmos), SAA Supa 8 champion (with SuperSport United in 2004/05 season)

National level: Bafana Bafana and Under 20 (9 caps) international. He may be small in stature, but don’t be deceived-Dikgang Mabalane is a bulldozer down the right wing and without doubt one of the most disciplined, determined and brightest attacking players South Africa has ever produced. With a proud record of more than 170 league appearances since he broke in to the professional ranks with Jomo Cosmos late in the 90s, the Soweto-born lad brings with him immense experience and cup pedigree having won major trophies with both Cosmos and SuperSport United in his eight-year period of his professional career.

“It’s a very good record and accomplishment that every professional player can be proud of, I am no different. I cherish my time and success with my previous clubs (referring to Cosmos and SuperSport). Nevertheless I have already turned–on the new page of my life and looking forward to emulating past achievements, and what a better way it would be to do it with a big team that has a proud history such as Orlando Pirates,” said Mabalane.

Blessed with speed, exceptional ball control, fine skill, mental and physical strength, the is no uncertainty that the ‘Terminator’ fits perfectly in the Mighty Buccaneers’ unique style of play that entails keeping the ball on the ground, quick passing and plenty of one twos, as well as movement of the ball. “Apart from management’s vision, I felt much easy with Pirates’ modern style of play that suits mine. I know I am faced with a serious challenge of tussling for a position in the team with the best players in the league, but I am determined to overcome them and make my stay worthwhile at this massive club.”

“Playing for the Buccaneers infront of huge and passionate supporters ever week will bring the best out of me and enhance my performance in the field of play. It also goes without saying that-there is no local club that attracts attention like Orlando Pirates.

Having started his football career playing for a number of amateur teams in his township, Tladi, Soweto, Mabalane’s rapid rise to stardom stated when he joined Diekloof Hellenic and later on Jomo Cosmos Academy as a fresh-faced youngster aged only 17-years-old.

“My recruitment to Cosmos came after we (referring to Diepkloof Hellenic) played a match against their juniors team that has the likes Bamuza Sono, Thabang Molefe and Aaron Mokoena, to name just a few in their line-up,” recalls Mabalane.

“At the beginning it wasn’t a big deal for me to play for a professional club’s academy, only after my promotion to the first team that I started to take my career seriously. Since then, I never looked back. I am also glad I managed to balance my both my soccer career and education,” said the Barnato Park High School (in Berea) matric graduate.

Following a successful term with ‘Ezenkosi’, the national Under 20 and Bafana Bafana international moved for greener pastures in the 2004/05 season when he joined Supersport United and helped them lift the SAA Supa 8 trophy, his second on succession after winning it (SAA Supa 8) with Cosmos in the previous season.

Even though his period with Matsatsantsa was a success after making 24 appearances in his first season with the club, the ‘Terminator’ was surprisingly loaned out to Maritzburg Classic after only three matches with the Tshwane based side. The engagement with Classic didn’t last long and Mabalane managed to negotiate his way back to Cosmos.

“When I left Cosmos at the end o the 2003/04 season, I needed fresh challenges and a change of scenery. I don’t regret my actions as results are there to be seen in my first season with Supersport United. The door was always open for me at Cosmos and that’s why even when I returned to the club, I maintained the same standard and was a regular in the first line-up for the past two seasons,’ said Mabalane.

Mabalane has proved beyond doubt that he is a consistent performer and if his impressive record with Ezenkosi in the last two seasons is anything to go by, the Mighty Buccaneers has a winner in a small man with a big heart famously known as the ‘Terminator’.

CAREER HISTORY
Source/Previous clubs: Jomo Cosmos, Supersport United, Maritzburg Classic, Jomo Cosmos juniors, Diepkloof Hellenic
Period joined Pirates: 2008/09
PSL’ debut: 2000/01 Season

HONOURS

Club level: 2006/07 Player’s Player of the Year, 2006/07 Most Club Appearances in a season (32), 2003/04 SAA Supa 8 champion, 2002/03 Coca-Cola Cup winner, 2001/02 Coca-Cola Cup runner-up, Cosmos Young Player of the Year (all with Jomo Cosmos), SAA Supa 8 champion (with SuperSport United in 2004/05 season)

National level: Bafana Bafana and Under 20 (9 caps) international.

Forward


Tshwarelo Mattwes Bereng
Forward
30 October 1990
Klerksdorp
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After arriving in the off season prior to the 2013/14 season from United FC, Bereng has been eased in to life at Swallows with a number of substitute appearances. He came off the bench to set up Lerato Chabangu’s last minute winner on his debut in the opening PSL game of that season against AmaTuks.

He made his first start for Swallows in the 1-0 win away at Platinum Stars in April 2014, and picked up his second assist for the club by setting up Felix Obada’s match-winning goal.

Once he has settled in to life in the PSL, he is expected to be an important and versatile member of the Swallows squad.

After arriving in the off season prior to the 2013/14 season from United FC, Bereng has been eased in to life at Swallows with a number of substitute appearances. He came off the bench to set up Lerato Chabangu’s last minute winner on his debut in the opening PSL game of that season against AmaTuks.

He made his first start for Swallows in the 1-0 win away at Platinum Stars in April 2014, and picked up his second assist for the club by setting up Felix Obada’s match-winning goal.

Once he has settled in to life in the PSL, he is expected to be an important and versatile member of the Swallows squad.


Unkown


Michael da Silva
Unkown
10 June 1985
Johannesburg


Mike started in his role as Strength and Conditioning Coach at Swallows in June 2012 as he took on a part-time role before taking a fulltime position in January 2013. He studied Human Movement Science and Human Physiology at Wits University and finished off with an Honours Degree in Biokinetics in 2009.

As the Strength and Conditioning Coach at the Club, he is responsible for all of the physical preparation of the players. This includes all aspects of fitness: Aerobic capacity, flexibility, strength, co-ordination, speed, agility and power. Mike also handles gym sessions for strength and power based exercises for the players. Having studied Biokinetics, he is also involved in the rehabilitation of our injured players and he takes the warmups on matchdays.

Mike started in his role as Strength and Conditioning Coach at Swallows in June 2012 as he took on a part-time role before taking a fulltime position in January 2013. He studied Human Movement Science and Human Physiology at Wits University and finished off with an Honours Degree in Biokinetics in 2009.

As the Strength and Conditioning Coach at the Club, he is responsible for all of the physical preparation of the players. This includes all aspects of fitness: Aerobic capacity, flexibility, strength, co-ordination, speed, agility and power. Mike also handles gym sessions for strength and power based exercises for the players. Having studied Biokinetics, he is also involved in the rehabilitation of our injured players and he takes the warmups on matchdays.


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