Steve Lekoelea joins former PSL powerhouse

Goal can exclusively reveal that the Orlando Pirates legend has joined Orange Vaal Professionals on a season long contract

Orlando Pirates legend Steve Lekoelea has joined ABC Motsepe League team Orange Vaal Professionals.

The midfielder enjoyed a 14 year long career in the Absa Premiership. He last played for Platinum Stars in 2009 in the country’s top league.

He then went on to join United FC in South Africa’s lower leagues and also featured for Mbabane United in Swaziland.

Goal spoke to the Brand Manager, Lerato Majoro, at Orange Vaal Professionals who informed them of the deal.

“Steve joined Vaal Professionals and will be here for one season. There is a chance it could be longer,” Majoro told Goal.

"We gave him the number 10 jersey. 

“We intend on gaining promotion to the NFD at the end of the season.”

Vaal Professionals are a former heavyweight of South African football. They were a founding member of the PSL in 1996 before slipping into obscurity, largely due to financial difficulties.  

They famously won the BobSave SuperBowl (now the Nedbank Cup) in 1994. They were also the first South African team to play in the African Cup Winners’ Cup.

They won the National Premier Soccer League in 1986, 1987 and 1988. During that time, however, a number of the country’s biggest clubs had already left and were playing in the National Soccer League.

Lekoelea, now 36-years-old, was unavailable for comment at the time.