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Orlando Pirates Team of the Decade: Erasmus, Manyisa make the cut

00:23 GMT+4 25/12/2019
Kermit Erasmus and Lehlohonolo Majoro, Orlando Pirates
It's been a decade of mixed fortune for the Buccaneers, but who makes their team of the last 10 years?

  • Moeneeb Josephs while at Orlando Pirates

    Moeneeb Josephs

    The veteran shot-stopper, who is currently on the books of AmaZulu, is widely considered to be one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of the PSL.

    Josephs played an instrumental role in helping Bucs dominate local football between 2010 and 2012, winning six major trophies, and he was also named PSL Goalkeeper of the Season in 2010.

  • Happy Jele of Orlando Pirates, August 2019

    Happy Jele

    The versatile defender is the longest-serving player in the current Pirates team, having joined the club in 2006, and he is also the club captain.

    Jele is already seen as a club legend having helped the Buccaneers lift seven major trophies, while he's also reached the 2013 Caf Champions League and 2015 Caf Confederation Cup finals.
  • Orlando Pirates, Thabo Matlaba

    Thabo Matlaba

    The versatile full-back established himself as one of the best left-backs in the country during his time with Bucs, before he joined his current club, Black Leopards in July 2019.

    Matlaba served as Pirates club captain, helping the team win the PSL title and Nedbank Cup after joining the Soweto giants in August 2012, while also featuring in two Caf finals.

  • Luck Lekgwathi

    Lucky Lekgwathi

    The retired defender was a loyal servant during his 16-year spell with Pirates, and was an inspirational captain during the team's successful period.

    Lekgwathi is one of the most decorated captains in the history of the PSL, having led Bucs to seven major trophies between 2010 and 2014.

  • Siyabonga Sangweni

    Siyabonga Sangweni

    The retired defender will always be remembered as the player who helped transform the Pirates backline after joining the club at the beginning of the 2011/12 season.

    Sangweni proved to be a consistent performer as the Buccaneers lifted four major trophies, and reached two Caf finals between 2011 and 2015.

  • Andile Jali

    Andile Jali

    The central midfielder arguably played his best football at Pirates where he was very influential, before moving to Belgian side KV Oostende and then Mamelodi Sundowns.

    Jali spent five years with Bucs after joining the club in 2009, and was one of the team's star players as they secured back-to-back PSL titles plus four major cup trophies.

  • Oupa Manyisa, Orlando Pirates, May 2016.

    Oupa Manyisa

    The box-to-box midfielder, who is now with Mamelodi Sundowns, left Pirates having achieved legendary status with the Soweto giants.

    Manyisa replaced the late Senzo Meyiwa as Pirates captain in 2014, and played an important role in helping the team clinch seven major trophies during his nine-year spell with the club.

  • Sifiso Myeni HP

    Sifiso Myeni

    The tricky winger, who is currently a free agent, was one of the most skilful players in the PSL over the last decade, having spent his best years with Pirates.

    Myeni won the PSL title with Bucs in his first season, before inspiring the team to the 2014 Nedbank Cup, and was also a key player as they reached two Caf finals.

  • Daine Klate of Orlando Pirates, December 2013

    Daine Klate

    The retired winger remains the most decorated player in the history of the PSL, having won 14 major trophies - half of which came with Pirates.

    Klate became a firm fan-favourite after joining the club in 2010, because of his consistency on the pitch as the Buccaneers won every available trophy between 2010 and 2012.

  • Thulasizwe Mbuyane

    Thulasizwe Mbuyane

    The retired utility attacker was a key player during his six-year spell with Pirates due to his versatility, endearing himself to Bucs supporters in the process.

    Mbuyane had a knack of scoring important goals for the Soweto heavyweights as they won back-to-back trebles, and will always be remembered for scoring a crucial 90th-minute equaliser against Kaizer Chiefs in February 2011.
  • Kermit Erasmus

    Kermit Erasmus

    The diminutive marksman, who is currently with Cape Town City, was arguably Pirates' best striker in the last decade, and his impressive displays earned him a move to French side Stade Rennais.

    Erasmus helped the Buccaneers lift the 2014 Nedbank Cup, before playing an instrumental role in helping the team reach the Caf Confederation Cup final in the following year.