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The iconic number 10 jersey of the Orlando Pirates has been a subject of reverence and controversy.

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Relebohile Mofokeng in action for Orlando Pirates during the 2023-24 Dstv Premiership season.

Once worn by the legendary Jomo Sono, the jersey was retired when Steve Lekoelea, its last bearer, was deemed to have conducted himself unprofessionally off the field.

For over two decades, the number 10 has been out of circulation, a testament to the greatness it symbolizes.

Sono’s Stance on the Jersey

Sono, affectionately known as the “Black Prince,” initially gave the club his blessing to reissue the jersey in 2015.

However, by 2022, his opinion shifted. Sono, reflecting on his own time as the jersey’s wearer, acknowledged that while the number was associated with him, it was his passion for the game that truly mattered.

Despite this, he has yet to see a player who fits the jersey as he did, leaving the decision to the club.

The Emergence of Relebohile Mofokeng At Orlando Pirates 

In the spotlight of the 2022/23 season’s end, Relebohile Mofokeng, a 17-year-old talent, made his debut.

His performance against Royal AM was marked by flair and confidence, capturing the essence of what Pirates fans admire.

Mofokeng’s Unmatched Ability

Despite a modest tally of three goals and four assists in 29 matches at the age of 19, Mofokeng’s abilities are extraordinary.

His trial with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League underscores his potential.

As he awaits their decision, the question remains whether he will grace the local pitches long enough to claim the number 10 jersey.

The Future of the Number 10 At Orlando Pirates

As Pirates contemplate the future of their iconic jersey, the debate continues.

Will Mofokeng be the successor to Sono’s legacy, or will the jersey remain retired, a symbol of a bygone era of football excellence?

The decision rests with the club, balancing respect for their history with the promise of a new generation.

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