Makhaula Joins Benni & Co On Pirates Oldest Signings

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DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 11: Makhehlene Makhaula, captain of AmaZulu FC during the AmaZulu FC media open day at Kings Park Outer Fields on January 11, 2023 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Darren Stewart/Gallo Images)
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 11: Makhehlene Makhaula, captain of AmaZulu FC during the AmaZulu FC media open day at Kings Park Outer Fields on January 11, 2023 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Darren Stewart/Gallo Images)

With Orlando Pirates understood to have signed 33-year-old Makhehleni Makhaula on a pre-contract from AmaZulu, we take a look at 10 of the oldest players signed by the Buccaneers in recent times.

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According to SABC Sport, the Usuthu captain, who turns 34 in November, will be making his way to Parktown at the end of the campaign, after three years in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

There have been questions about the midfielders age, but Pirates are no strangers to roping in experienced players.

Scroll through the gallery below to see the oldest players signed by Pirates.

Benni McCarthy 33
Benni McCarthy 33
Luís Boa Morte 34
Luís Boa Morte 34
Gilbert Mushangazhike 34
Gilbert Mushangazhike 34
Wayne Sandilands 33
Wayne Sandilands 33
Ndumiso Mabena 35
Ndumiso Mabena 35
Kermit Erasmus 32
Kermit Erasmus 32
Tico-Tico 33
Tico-Tico 33
Guy-Roger Nzeng 32
Guy-Roger Nzeng 32
Innocent Zikalala 33
Innocent Zikalala 33
Ayanda Gcaba 32
Ayanda Gcaba 32

Just this season, the Buccaneers welcomed back Ndumiso Mabena, at 35 the former Royal AM captain is the oldest ever player signed by the club. It is the veteran forward’s second stint in Black and White.

Prior to Mabena’s arrival, the record for oldest player signed by Pirates belonged to Luis Boa Morte and Gilbert Mushangazikhe who were both roped in by Pirates at the age of 34.

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Perhaps the most impactful player who was signed by Pirates in his mid-thirties is Benni McCarthy.

In the 2011/12 season, a then 33-year-old McCarthy was roped in by Pirates as a free agent and had an instant impact as he led the Buccaneers to a treble that season. He spent two campaigns with the Buccaneers before calling time on his career.

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