Established in 1937, Orlando Pirates is one of the oldest and most successful clubs in South African football history. Pirates began rising to prominence in the 1970s, where they were four-time winners of the National Professional Soccer League. Irvan Khoza took ownership of the club in 1991 and the winning tradition has continued under him as the Buccaneers have won Absa Premiership championships, nine MTN8 titles and eight Nedbank Cups. The Sea Robbers also became the first and only South African club to have won the African Champions Cup (now the CAF Champions League) in 1995.
The Ghost came close to clinching a second continental title in 2013 but finished as runners-up after losing 3-1 on aggregate to Al Ahly in the final. Some of the greatest names in South African football have donned the black and white jersey throughout the years. Jomo Sono, Kaizer Motaung, Mark Fish, Shakes Mashaba and Basil Steenkamp are just a few of the many outstanding players who have plied their trade at Orlando Pirates.
The 2014/15 season proved to be a fairly indifferent season for Bucs as they never really mounted a serious challenge in the league. Pirates finished fourth, 19 points behind bitter rivals and eventual winners Kaizer Chiefs, while managing to reach one cup final which they lost to Chiefs. Thus far* the Buccaneers have reinforced their squad with the additions of Edwin Gyimah, Gift Mothupa, Tendai Ndoro, Filipe Ovono and Luvolwethu Mpeta.
The Sea Robbers have parted ways with, Mwape Musonda, Philani Zikalala, Mthokozisi Dube, Khethokwakhe Masuku, Lennox Bacela, Helder Pelembe and Gladwin Shitolo, who’s been loaned out to Golden Arrows for the season. The Soweto giants will be looking to bring the happy days back to Orlando when they kick off their league season against SuperSport United on 11 August.