Local lad makes Orlando Pirates debut at 16

Augustine Mahlonoko (16) made history when he made his professional debut for Orlando Pirates senior team against Highlands Park over the weekend.

SEBOKENG. – Vaal youngster Augustine Mahlonoko (16) made history when he made his professional debut for Orlando Pirates’ senior team against Highlands Park over the weekend.

This Sebokeng-based young superstar came in as a sub when Pirates played a 1 – all draw against Highlands Park in the opening match of the 2018/19 season at Orlando Stadium over the weekend. Many describe the youngster as the future of Orlando Pirates and a fans’ darling.

Although he came in with just three minutes laft on the clock Mahlonoko looked comfortable in his new surroundings. Mohlonoko’s rose to stardom when he played for the Orlando Pirates U/17 team in the Gauteng Future Champs Tournament recently. Speaking to the media after the game, Mahlonoko said it was a dream debut for him and that it was a miracle he was not overwhelmed by the big occasion.

“I was delighted to make my professional debut, especially for a big team like Orlando Pirates. I was not nervous at all because the coaching staff and senior players told me not to stress too much about the game,” said the young star.

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