Young Pirate Praised for Challenge to Bafan Kosaf Cup

Orlando Pirates reserve coach Mandla Khogi says Bafana Bafana Boythumelo Radiopane’s Kosaf Cup challenge is well deserved.

The 19-year-old former Pirates forward became a shining star in the Pirates’ reserves in the DStv Diski Challenge (DDC), where he scored 24 goals last season.

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“Radiopane is a fantastic player and he works really hard,” said the Pirates junior coach.

“The work that he has been doing all these years shows that it is not by mistake that he has now been called up to the senior team. So, I know what kind of person he is and what kind of player he is. This is a good opportunity for him, and he should grasp it with both hands. Players tend to relax when they reach this level, they forget the main purpose and reason for what they are doing.

“But all I can say is that he is a very disciplined boy who works hard and achieves everything he wants. I think that’s what will help him become the best player he wants to be. You should know that after you have been selected for the national team, all eyes are on you.”

The striker was promoted to the Pirates’ senior team last year but hasn’t been able to play as much as he spent most of his time at DDC. He has since been loaned out to Division I side Cape Town Spurs.
Khoghey believes the loan move will work for Radiopane and all he needs to do is keep working as hard as he has been working.

“It’s a chance for him to grow as a player, it’s a big stage and he needs to stay focused. The Pirates are a big team, it’s not easy to break into an adult team. Once you do that (promotion to the first team), you have to keep your head up and remind yourself why you do what you do.”

Bafana will play Mozambique in the quarter-finals of the tournament on July 13 in Durban.