Football is the most popular game that connects people all over the world. South Africa is not left behind as they have their football clubs, such as the Orlando Pirates Football Club, which is simply known as Buccaneers. The club, which plays in the top-tier system known as Premier Soccer League, is based in the Houghton suburb of the city of Johannesburg. Orlando Pirates is owned by Dr Irvin Khoza, who is a South African football administrator and businessman.
Orlando Pirates was founded in 1937 and was initially based in Orlando in Soweto. Buccaneers boast as the first club since the inception of the Premier Soccer League in 1996 to have won three major trophies in a single season back to back. Besides, they are the only two South African teams together with Mamelodi Sundowns to win the CAF Champions League, which they won in 1995. This article highlights more about the history of the club as well as info about the owner.
Below is every detail you may want to know about the South African soccer giants.
Orlando Pirates F.C. is one of the oldest football clubs in South Africa, having been established in Orlando East, Soweto, in 1937. The club has been performing well over the years, making it a pride for South Africa. Their success also serves as a great inspiration to young aspiring footballers looking forward to joining the club. These young football aspirants are motivated and encouraged to play to their level best to join the best club in the region.
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Founders of the club
The club was brought to existence when a group of boys whose parents were migrant workers moved to Gauteng to work in gold mines. The boys would find time and form groupings where they would play soccer. That was how they formed the Orlando Boys Club.
In 1940, Buthuel Mokgosinyane took over as the first president of the club. He used his funds to support the club, and that is when the team got its first kit. The boys engaged in their first serious match, where they participated in Johannesburg Bantu Associations Saturday League. They won the Division Two title, and that saw them gain promotion to Division One.
One key member of the teamed named Andrew Bassie came up with a suggestion to change the club name to Orlando Pirates. His idea was adopted, and that is how they acquired their new and current name.
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Irvin Khoza era
Irvin came into contact with the club in 1980 when he became its secretary. During his era, the team performed so well and rose to greater heights.
In 1991, he became Orlando Pirates' owner and was very instrumental in securing Absa Group Limited, who are the current sponsors of the league. Besides being the owner, he also served as the Chairman of South Africa's 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Irvin was also part of the team that negotiated and secured rights to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
Dr Irvin achievements
- From 2004 to 2010, he was part of the 2010 FIFA World CUP Organizing committee that was mandated with ensuring that South Africa adheres to the guidelines of hosting a successful Worldcup.
- In 2004, the University of Zululand honoured him with an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy for his immense contribution to sports development. A notable thing that led towards the recognition was his efforts to help South Africa win the right to host the Worlds most significant sporting event.
- In 2009, he was honoured with an Honorary Colonel Logistical Division by the South Africa National Defense Force (SANDF).
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Orlando Pirates new jersey
Buccaneers' new jersey has caught the imaginations of South African supporters who have expressed their satisfaction with the jersey.
Orlando Pirates new signings
The club is delighted to announce the signings of Kabelo Dlamini, Bongani Sam, Fortune Makaringe, Siphesihle Ndlovu, Tebogo Tlolane, and Tshegofatso Mabasa.
The Buccaneers are expected to conclude deals with the Bidvest Wits duo of Thulani Hlatshwayo and Deon Hotto in preparation for the next season.
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Orlando Pirates coach
The club is delighted to introduce Josef Zinnbauer as the new head coach.
Below are frequently asked questions and answers:
Why did Micho leave Orlando Pirates?
Sredojevic suddenly resigned as the Pirates head coach due to personal reasons following the team's embarrassing 3-0 defeat to SuperSport United in a PSL match in August. The 50-year-old mentor revealed that he was heading back to Serbia to take care of his sick mother, who was seriously ill with breast cancer.
Who is the richest PSL player?
Anele Ngcongca is a South African footballer who plays for Mamelodi Sundowns, and he has a Net Worth of about R30 Million, so he is the richest player.
Who is the highest paid player at Orlando Pirates?
Thembinkosi Lorch is arguably Orlando Pirates' hottest commodity. He appeared to have punched his ticket to Europe with his stunning Afcon goal against Europe. The player who is a competent winger, attacker, and forwarder, is the highest-paid earning R16 Million.
Did Orlando Pirates sign Thulani Hlatshwayo?
Bidvest defender Thulani Hlatshwayo feels Orlando Pirates did not pull out all the stops to sign him. Bucs were heavily linked with the 29-year-old player during the last PSL transfer window as the Soweto giants were looking to strengthen their defence.
Who really owns Orlando Pirates?
Dr Irvin Khoza has been the owner of Pirates since 1991 and is also the Chairman of the PSL.
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With the above info, it is crystal clear that Dr Irvin Khoza, who is the Orlando Pirates owner, has done a commendable job towards the development and transformation of soccer in South Africa.
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