Orlando Pirates handed a debut to Augustine Mahlonoko and broke their record of the youngest footballer to ever play for the club in the Premier Soccer League.
Orlando Pirates rewrote their history when they introduced the 16-year-old player, Augustine Mahlonoko, to the field last Saturday night against Highlands Park in Soweto.
Referee Thando Ndzandzeka halted play in the 87th minute of the match to allow the teenager on for Vincent Pule and make his professional football debut.
Young striker Lyle Foster previously held the young debutant record after his appearance against Maritzburg United last year. Foster made his first outing for Pirates aged 17 years and 12 days. Prior to that, the record belonged, for no less than 15 years, to Lebogang “Cheeseboy” Mokoena when he was 17 years and 3 months old.
The new record breaker, Mahlonoko, has done it at the tender age of 16 years and 352 days old.
The attacking midfielder will also be noted for moving from the under 17 team straight to the senior team in the Premier Soccer League, surpassing the under 19 and reserve teams.
The young player’s father, Paul Mabote, spoke on the club’s website and described his apprehension during the big moment on Saturday night on Orlando:
“I don’t know who was more afraid between me and him. I was certainly shaking with anticipation. The game was tight and he was thrown in so, naturally as a parent. I was wondering what would happen,” said Mahlonoko’s dad
Pirates will be hunting for their first win of the season when they take on Chippa United on Wednesday evening, 8 August 2018 at 19h30 from Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.