Orlando Pirates have announced the departure of assistant coach Benson Mhlongo with immediate effect.
According to the club, the former South Africa international will take over the coaching reigns at National First Division side TS Sporting.
The 37-year-old has been with the Buccaneers since 2016, and while the club brought in Rulani Mokwena to assist Micho Sredojevic, the former Mamelodi Sundowns remained in his role.
He has now been given the chance to take his coaching career to another level with the newly promoted TS Sporting.
TS Sporting appears to be serious about gaining promotion to the PSL, and it is for this reason they have signed players such as Oscarine Masuluke, who previously played for Baroka FC.
Mhlongo worked with Kjell Sredojevic, Augusto Palacios and Sredojevic during his two-year stint with the Soweto giants.
Pirates released the following statement on their official website:
Benson Mhlongo has received the Chairman Dr Irvin Khoza’s blessings to leave the club and persue his dream of becoming a head coach.
After spending two seasons as assistant coach at the club, the 37-year old is now ready to make the jump to assume a head coaching role at newly promoted National First Division outfit TS Sporting.
Dr Khoza granted Mhlongo’s wish to leave the club following a meeting with Chairman of TS Sporting Slungu Thobela earlier this week.
Mhlongo, leaves the Club having amassed a wealth of knowledge where he was exposed to three different head coaches at the Club, including a stint as head coach of the Orlando Pirates Multichoice Diski Challenge team.
On behalf of the Orlando Pirates family, we would like to wish Benson the best of luck in his future endeavours.