Orlando Pirates promote former South Africa under-20 international Siphumelele Mbulu

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The Harding-born player managed to impress the Bucs technical team and he has since signed his maiden professional contract

Orlando Pirates youngster Siphumelele Mbulu has been promoted to the club's first team.

The central midfielder has been playing for Bucs' Multichoice Diski Challenge and SAB teams this season.

Mbulu was recently offered a chance to train with the club's first team and he managed impress the technical team which is led by Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic.

The Serbian trainer, who was re-appointed Bucs head coach prior to the start of the current season, has explained why Mbulu has been handed his first professional contract. 

“Mbulu has left a really good impression," Sredejovic said on the club's official website on Wednesday.

“I have been monitoring him over the past few months at SAB level," the former Yugoslavia national under-20 coach continued.

Micho believes that the holding midfielder is ready to compete for a place in the star-studded Bucs starting line-up.

"He has also been training with us for a couple of weeks, where has shown that he is ready to take the next step," he concluded.

Mbulu possesses an educated left foot and he was part of the South Africa team that reached the 2016 Cosafa Under-20 Championships final in the North West Province.

The 19-year-old, who was nurtured in the Pirates development academy, is a versatile player having played as a left-back for Amajita at the regional youth tournament.

Mbulu follows on the footsteps of Lyle Foster, who was also promoted to the first team this season under the tutelage of Micho and his assist Rhulani Mokwena.

The teenager will compete with the likes of Musa Nyatama, Xola Mlambo, Issa Sarr and Thamsanqa Sangweni in central midfield, while also providing cover in the left-back position.

Fact File

Full Name: Siphumelele Mbulu

Date of Birth: 31 December 1998

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Place of Birth: Harding, KZN

Position: Defensive Midfielder

Previous Clubs: Orlando Pirates Development (2014), Orlando Pirates U19 (2015/16), Orlando Pirates Reserves (2017)

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