Innocent Maela relishing prospect of first trophy with Orlando Pirates

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Orlando Pirates defender Innocent Maela says he would savour the moment he lifts his first trophy with the club he grew up through.

Maela is only a few steps away from possibly lifting the Absa Premiership title with Pirates, as they currently boast a six-point lead over defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns, who will play one of their three games in hand this evening.

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Having returned to the club at the beginning of last season following several loan spells away, the 25-year-old has come full circle as he also now holds a place in the Bafana Bafana setup.

While he may be edging closer to the reality of lifting his first trophy for the Buccaneers as well as a first taste of a major international tournament with Bafana, ‘Inno’ has insisted he would savour either experience in isolation.

“It’s always special to play for the national team regardless [of what happens at your club], and it’s always special to win [trophies] for your club,” said Maela.

“And winning for Orlando Pirates, taking into consideration that I was here during my development days in the academy – so for me to be in a position where I can win something for the club, would be out of this world, definitely.”

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