Orlando Pirates have sent their highly rated young striker Zakhele Lepasa, on loan to National First Division side Stellenbosch FC for the 2018-19 season.
Orlando Pirates youngster, Zakhele Lepasa, will play his football for Stellenbosch FC in the National First Division (NFD). He has been sent there to enjoy maximum game time as he develops himself for first team football at the Orlando Stadium in future seasons.
Lapasa hopes to follow in the steps of players like Percy Tau, whom Mamelodi Sundowns sent out on loan to Mbombela United for a season, only to set the PSL alight on his return from the league known as the ‘NFD jungle.’
Lepasa was inspirational for Pirates’ reserve team that campaigns in the SAB League last season. The strongly-built striker caught attention in his first season in the third division where he led Pirates’ attack into winning the title. He further continued to deliver the business in the playoffs where the team ultimately won promotion to the ABC Motsepe League second division.
The player known as ‘Zakes’ shared his pleasure on signing for Stellenbosch FC.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge of playing in the NFD. It’s a great opportunity for me to raise my game in a very tough and competitive environment.”
The young Buccaneer also drew confidence from his time spent training with Pirates’ senior team last month as they prepared for the 2018-19 season.
“I spent the pre-season with our first team and already got a taste of higher level competition, so this is the next logical step for me. I have seen a little bit of how Stellenbosch play, and I believe I can fit in here and do well. It won’t be easy but I’m a hard worker so that should carry me through.”
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