Orlando Pirates may already have a formidable squad for the ABSA Premiership next season, but shouldn't there be space for Thabo Rakhale? Edward May believes so
During the recently concluded Promotion/Relegation Playoffs, he would come off the bench in City's last three matches to change the complexion of the game.
One such game was against Milano United in Polokwane a fortnight ago, where he came off the bench to score the second in a 2-0 win. That coupled with his trickey style and pace down the flank, could be very useful to the Buccaneers.
Not only that, he can also play as a second striker, or a false number 9, as Bucs were in short supply of goals throughout the past season.
Born in Sebokeng, a place that gave birth to SA's famous no.10 Steve 'Kideo-Kid' Lekoelea, Rakhale is uncertain if Bucs will recall him him or send him back to City for another season. He is not even sure if City will aim to keep him permanently, now that they have secured their top-flight status.
His star performances for Sivutsa Stars catapulted them to the NFD from the then Vodacom Second Division in 2011. That is what alerted Bucs to him and in 2012 they signed him on.
If he's given more time, Rakhale can finally add a different dimension for Bucs. Alongside the likes of Tlou Segolela, Sifiso Myeni, Daine Klate, Mpho Makola, Kermit Erasmus and Lennox Bacela, 'Jomo' can orchestrate an imperious attacking stall that will set many the Premiership ablaze.